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February 14, 2020
On Monday, Kosovars around the world will celebrate the 12th anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence. This young democracy has proven resilient in the face of numerous regional threats. However, with the highest per capita number of Islamist returning foreign fighters in Europe, Kosovar... Read More
February 12, 2020
February 13 marks the United Nations World Radio Day, celebrating the role of radio in educating the public, spreading vital information and promoting democratic freedom. Even as technological advantages have ushered in a communications revolution, radio remains one of the most accessible platforms... Read More
February 10, 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) faces many profound challenges. Divided along ethnic lines, crippled by political gridlock and with one of the world’s highest youth unemployment rates, the future of Bosnia’s democratic development hinges on the willingness of the next generation of political leaders... Read More
February 07, 2020
Ukraine’s 2020 local elections—scheduled for October 2020—will be another step in Ukraine’s ongoing process of decentralization and European integration, providing Ukrainians a government that better represents their interests. As Ukraine prepares for Election Day, IRI is working with local... Read More
February 06, 2020
History is full of examples of countries where a large population of politically disengaged and disaffected youth resulted in political upheaval and instability. With more than 50 percent of its population under the age of 30, youth engagement in Nigeria is crucial to the country’s political... Read More
February 04, 2020
In 2016, the International Republican Institute launched its first-ever “Ideathon,” a program dedicated to empowering Panamanian youth to identify and address problems in their communities. Four years later, participant Radamés Martinez reflects on his experience with the Ideathon, and how it gave... Read More
January 27, 2020
As a leader in e-governance, Estonia has leveraged public-private partnerships to boost innovation, support its democratic institutions and establish itself as a top-rated democracy among post-Soviet states. Despite sharing a similar history, many countries in the region have struggled to emulate... Read More
January 22, 2020
Ukraine’s journey as a nation has been full of as many challenges as hard-won successes. One challenge Ukraine faces today is to rebuild and assert its independence while facing ongoing aggression from a revanchist Kremlin. Despite this challenge, Ukrainians have... Read More
January 17, 2020
In 2016, the International Republican Institute (IRI) organized Panama’s first Ideathon competition, a program in which young people develop innovative projects to benefit their communities with the aim of improving engagement between youth and local government.   Over the past... Read More
January 17, 2020
En 2016, el Instituto Republicano Internacional (IRI) organizó la primera Maratón de Ideas (Ideathon) en Panamá, un programa en el que los jóvenes desarrollan proyectos innovadores para beneficiar a sus comunidades con el objetivo de mejorar el compromiso entre los jóvenes y el gobierno local. En... Read More