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August 12, 2021
Though International Youth Day comes but once a year—Thursday, August 12, in 2021—young people are working 365 days a year to ensure that their concerns, ideas and even their own political candidates are being heard. With support from supporters and mentors in offices ranging from the White House... Read More
August 11, 2021
One month ago today, spontaneous protests erupted across all of Cuba. Citizens stood up against the government’s mismanagement of the pandemic, the terrible economic crisis, food shortages, and constant repression. Above all, people were demanding a fundamental change in the political system. The... Read More
August 11, 2021
The European Union (EU) has not added a member country in 8 years despite having multiple candidate countries in the Western Balkans. This stalled EU enlargement has called into question the future orientation of the Western Balkans toward certain issues regarding the EU, Russia, and China. To... Read More
August 09, 2021
Today in Belarus you can be arrested for wearing the wrong color socks, buying red and white bouquets, or even for dancing. These unusual crimes are a result of the protests which began after the fraudulent election... Read More
August 06, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic paralyzed governments when it appeared in the spring of 2020. The International Republican Institute (IRI) assisted governments all around the world, including the Western Balkans, to improve their response to the devastating global health crisis. Governments needed to create... Read More
August 03, 2021
In the early 2010s, Abi Yerusa “Ira” Sobeukum was reassessing her position within East Nusa Tenggara’s sociopolitical scene. On one hand, she could continue challenging the system she thought could do better through street protests as a student activist. On the other, she envisioned herself as a... Read More
July 29, 2021
The House Democracy Partnership (HDP) is a bipartisan commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with 22 partner parliaments around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislatures.... Read More
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July 27, 2021
On July 7, the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse shocked a nation and the world. This tragic event has added another layer of political challenges to existing simultaneous crises (insecurity, economic, food, and health, among others). Despite this, Haitians continue to show... Read More
July 16, 2021
The Philippines is scheduled to hold its next general election on May 9, 2022. While there are concerns that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may disrupt the election itself, restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic are already threatening the election’s integrity by obstructing the voter... Read More
July 13, 2021
Generally, when we hear “youth and politics,” the issue areas that come to mind are more or less the same around the world: unemployment and education. Turkey, a country with a median age of 31.5, the youngest in Europe, and roughly 13 million citizens between the ages of 15 and 24, is no exception... Read More