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March 19, 2020
Rooting out corruption and instilling government accountability relies on an engaged and empowered citizenry—particularly at the local level. For more than two years, IRI has supported Cuenca, the capital city of Ecuador’s Azuay province, in its efforts to strengthen municipal transparency. From... Read More
March 17, 2020
Democracy thrives when voters are informed and engaged in a dialogue with their elected representatives. With this goal in mind, in January 2020 the International Republican Institute (IRI) partnered with the Dhaka Tribune and Channel 24 to host nationally televised debates in Bangladesh ahead of... Read More
March 11, 2020
Empowered young people are the key to furthering prosperity and strengthening democracy in Ukraine. With an estimated youth unemployment rate of 20 percent and ongoing problems with brain drain... Read More
March 02, 2020
On February 29, Slovakia elected a new parliament comprised of opposition politicians who campaigned against the incumbent center-left government. The elections took place amid ongoing political fallout over the 2018... Read More
February 27, 2020
March 2, 2020, Guyanese voters will head to the polls for their eleventh national democratic election. This small country in northeastern Latin America rarely makes headlines, but its strategic position as a neighbor of crisis-stricken Venezuela and the recent discovery of quantities of petroleum... Read More
February 26, 2020
The recent announcement of plans for a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban has brought what has been called “America’s forgotten war” back to the headlines. Yet to secure meaningful peace, it is critical that the negotiation process and any resulting settlement preserve and extend... Read More
February 21, 2020
Ukraine’s democratic survival depends on cultivating the next generation of democratic leaders. If Ukrainian democracy fails, the country could once again fall victim to the predations of the Kremlin, and the U.S. and its democratic allies will lose a vital strategic partner. The International... Read More
February 20, 2020
It has been nine years since Tunisians kicked off the Arab Spring by taking to the streets to demand a citizen-centered government that would respond to popular dissatisfaction with corruption and economic strife. Nearly a decade later, the country has made significant progress toward democracy,... Read More
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