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April 28, 2020
Today marks the 37th anniversary of the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) founding. Throughout our nearly four decades of existence, we’ve seen the vital role that U.S. leadership grounded in American values has played in responding to generation-defining global challenges—ranging from the... Read More
April 27, 2020
Weakened by poor economic management and corruption, Haiti’s government is ill-prepared to protect its people during the COVID-19 pandemic and handle the economic and political fallout. Bolstering democratic institutions, governance and human rights will be critical in fighting COVID-19 and... Read More
April 24, 2020
As we mark the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the devastation that has been unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital importance of collaborating with our allies to address this unprecedented challenge. Multilateral efforts to bolster democratic... Read More
April 22, 2020
COVID-19 threatens not only lives and livelihoods, but also governments and democratic institutions. The International Republican Institute (IRI) is profiling our partners and other leaders who have been the “first responders” in our global fight to protect and strengthen democracy. In this new... Read More
April 22, 2020
Under pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, Latin America’s democracies require assistance coordinating internal efforts, maintaining accountability and safeguarding fundamental freedoms. International support, including the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) programming to strengthen... Read More
April 18, 2020
As Nicaraguans mark the two-year anniversary of the popular protest movement that began on April 18, 2018, the Ortega regime continues to target civil society organizations, independent media, pro-democracy activists and citizens alike. In addition, the government is manifestly failing to protect... Read More
April 17, 2020
The House Democracy Partnership (HDP), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is a bipartisan commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with 21-partner parliaments around the world to support the development of... Read More
April 16, 2020
The global pandemic has provided the perfect cover for authoritarians to buttress systems of control and surveillance. Yet despite their efforts to further restrict freedom under the guise of public health, ordinary people living in closed and closing spaces are showing the strength of independent... Read More
April 14, 2020
In transitioning democracies with weak public health systems, governing institutions are being put under enormous strain by the COVID-19 pandemic. With trillions of dollars in aid set to flow to address both the public health and economic crisis, the risk of graft is enormous. By supporting... Read More
April 09, 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is just beginning to be felt in Latin America and is exacerbating underlying institutional problems. Some governments have suspended constitutional rights and freedoms, adopted broader surveillance mechanisms and contributed to misinformation. While these... Read More