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June 05, 2018
With one year to go before elections to the European Parliament in May 2019, Europe’s political parties are staring down a path littered with potential efforts to disrupt the vote. History tells us that these threats are real and deserve serious attention and that preventative measures need to be... Read More
June 04, 2018
I am blessed to have a job where I am inspired every day by the work IRI does-- working alongside partners as they strengthen their democracies. We work with activists to address corruption... Read More
June 01, 2018
When the IRI team in Morocco first met Farida Ait El Mouden, a Tarmigte Communal Councilor, in January of last year, she and her colleagues were struggling to meet the demands of their constituents. Upon first being elected, Farida recalled feeling afraid that she would not be able to fulfill her... Read More
May 31, 2018
On May 20, President Nicolas Maduro won re-election in a hastily arranged snap vote dubbed a sham by a large group of Venezuela’s democratic forces. The Lima Group, a coalition of 14 regional countries advocating... Read More
May 29, 2018
"Access to information is a human right but, more importantly, it is a tool to realize other rights." -- National Deputy Karina Banfi About a year ago, I wrote about Argentina’s moment of opportunity to lay the groundwork for long... Read More
May 25, 2018
I recently traveled to Ghana as an observer to support IRI’s research project on identifying the barriers to women’s participation in political parties. This was my second trip to Ghana, having first visited this thriving democracy in 2016 when I served as part of a delegation that conducted a pre-... Read More
May 24, 2018
Disinformation campaigns often exploit existing cleavages within democratic societies or seek to sow doubt in democratic processes or institutions. These attacks—no matter their form—are often political in nature, so we believe that any strategy to push back must have a strong political component—... Read More
May 23, 2018
As the looming issue of rehabilitation and reintegration of foreign fighters begins to saturate the Western Balkans, policy leaders are grappling to understand and identify early warning signs that lead to radicalization, learning the dynamics and profiles of those vulnerable to radicalization, and... Read More
May 22, 2018
Ten years ago, civic tech was the edgy space where those “technology people” were scheming and concocting, intent on upsetting the civic system. Several years ago, it was a space of curiosity and prospecting, still edgy, but this time with funding and buzzwords. I would argue that though there are... Read More
May 18, 2018
Countless hours of preparation and work go into running for parliament.  Once elected, it might seem like the hard work is over. But in reality, the work is only just beginning.  Newly elected parliamentarians are faced with the challenges of navigating the legislative process,... Read More

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