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June 06, 2019
The future of Yemen depends upon the state’s ability to restore its legitimacy. Both the Houthis, a Zaydi Shiite revivalist movement based in northern Yemen, and President Hadi’s government have grown increasingly unpopular in the eyes of the Yemeni people due to the prolonged civil war and the... Read More
June 05, 2019
With the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the appointment of Abiy Ahmed in April of 2018, Ethiopia has embarked on a historic political transition. Since coming to power, Prime Minister Abiy announced a series of sweeping political, electoral, and diplomatic reforms that... Read More
June 04, 2019
Globally, women are making strides towards greater political participation. However, in many countries, women are vastly underrepresented in politics, specifically in local government. Only 20 percent of mayors... Read More
May 28, 2019
The situation in Venezuela is at a critical juncture and the international community must reaffirm the resiliency and universality of democratic values and institutions. Organizations such as the International Democratic Union (IDU) are well-positioned to play a... Read More
May 23, 2019
I first became interested in politics and social change during high school. While most of my peers had no interest in such topics, I was reading about political affairs and watching political TV shows. I got involved in non-governmental organization work as an activist, but I eventually realized... Read More
May 22, 2019
In the past six years, Kenya has continued its progression toward devolution and achieved success in its efforts to decentralize power and bring the government closer to its citizens. However, despite these democratic gains, Kenya remains hindered by the... Read More
May 20, 2019
North Macedonia is persistently plagued with the problem of corruption. The country scored 37/100 on the 2018 Corruption Perception Index, and is continuously ranked as a highly-corrupted country. Weak, incompetent and politicized institutions... Read More
May 16, 2019
For Gambians, the right to free speech and protest is guaranteed in their constitution, yet it is a right that has only recently begun to be truly exercised. Allegations of human rights abuses... Read More
May 15, 2019
After Slovak media reported on February 26, 2018, that the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancé Martina Kušnírová might be connected to top government officials... Read More
May 14, 2019
Democracy is not always flashy. Nor is it intended to be. For a legislature, one of the most vital functions is found in the committee hearing room. Public hearings provide citizens an opportunity to speak directly to policymakers about matters that are important to them. They offer... Read More

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