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February 01, 2017
We are talking about Colombia in our second episode of “Global,” with the 30th President of Colombia, Andres Pastrana; Nick Miroff, Latin America Correspondent for the Washington Post; and IRI Resident Country Director for Colombia Gabriela Serrano.  With every podcast, we include a behind-... Read More
January 10, 2017
Since 2014, IRI has been working to help bridge the gap between local government, civil society organizations, and at-risk youth and communities. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy, IRI is bringing together these diverse stakeholders through agenda-building roundtables,... Read More
December 12, 2016
Es muy interesante como a nivel global la adopción de nuevas tecnologías avanza desenfrenadamente. De antaño suena hablar de una época donde no se tenía acceso a un dispositivo móvil. Al menos esto es así en Latinoamérica incluyendo regiones rurales. Y es que si somos más específicos y hablamos de... Read More
December 09, 2016
December 9, 2016 is Anti-Corruption Day. The campaign was organized by the United Nations, #UnitedAgainstCorruption, for Development, Peace and Security, to promote the importance of transparency, accountability, integrity, ethics and citizen empowerment. I ask myself, how does the International... Read More
November 01, 2016
Plaza Bolivar is Bogota's historic public square, just yards from the spot where Colombia secured her independence and around the corner from some of the national government's most powerful offices. Hours after it became clear that the referendum on the 297-page peace accord between the government... Read More
October 04, 2016
Despite polls predicting a handy win for the ‘yes’ vote, the ‘no’s’ had it by a slim margin in Sunday’s plebiscite on Colombia’s peace accords.  The turnout, despite rainy weather, was heavier than expected.  Was it a slap in the face for President Santos?  Sign of a divided nation... Read More
September 13, 2016
Paraguay is one the youngest democracies in the Americas. Alfredo Stroessner’s dictatorship, the longest the continent has seen with the exception of the Castro brothers’ regime in Cuba, only ended in 1989. However, most of the country’s current inhabitants do not have any memories of the pre-... Read More
August 22, 2016
This week, IRI as part of the U.S. House of Representative’s House Democracy Partnership (HDP) program, hits the road as we travel to Colombia and Peru with the goal of furthering HDP’s partnership with these important member countries.  HDP is a unique program; offering peer-to-peer exchange... Read More
August 16, 2016
Desde hace algunos años atrás he escuchado la siguiente afirmación “la prensa se ha convertido en el cuarto poder” y de la mano de esta oración viene a mi mente la siguiente frase “sin periodistas no hay periodismo y sin periodismo no hay democracia.” Ahora me pregunto, realmente sabemos el... Read More
July 29, 2016
The press is capable of stimulating the public conscience when it generates meaningful debate on issues that tug on the fabric of social life.   In the best of circumstances, it can help bridge gaps in the functioning of democratic systems. Yet when it reinforces negative stereotypes, it can... Read More

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