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November 07, 2018
Libya made headlines with the ousting of its strongman, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, and the turmoil that followed in 2011. The state, reeling from a civil war, humanitarian crisis and the threat of extremism, remains divided between the national recognized government, the Tripoli-based Government of... Read More
February 06, 2018
It’s been a little over seven years since a young man named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of the regional capital building in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Like Mohamed Bouazizi, most of the inhabitants of Sidi Bouzid lost hope for a better future long ago. Systematic marginalization... Read More
July 31, 2017
In countries across the globe, women are often disproportionately excluded from the political process. In an effort to combat this political trend, this year with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI launched a program to increase women’s political participation in Libya. Our... Read More
July 13, 2017
In countries across the globe, women are often disproportionately excluded from the political process. In an effort to combat this political trend, this year with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI launched a program to increase women’s political participation in Libya. Our... Read More
May 19, 2017
I am energized by the incredible courage, energy and resolve of the Libyan women that participated in the five-day training “Increasing Women Political Participation in Libya,” sponsored by the International Republican Institute, where I was honored to be one of three facilitators. During the... Read More
February 20, 2017
With the support of the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI has launched a program designed to strengthen the participation of Libyan women in their country’s political process, as candidates, political activists and elected officials. This new project is designed to provide training on... Read More
December 03, 2015
Today, countries across the world are commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities as a moment to promote awareness of challenges facing persons with disabilities and mobilize support for their inclusion in all societies. Amid the myriad of challenges facing Libya, the... Read More
September 20, 2015
As the Libyan civil war drags on into its second year the prospects for peace are fleeting. Both sides continue to meet in an attempt to reach a meaningful accord, but the process has been difficult and increasingly there are signs that the two competing coalitions (Operation Dawn and Operation... Read More
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David Denehy

Resident Country Director, Middle East North Africa
March 13, 2015
As we reflect on the importance of International Women’s Day in 2015, it is important to consider the role that women play in the process of democratic nation-building across the world.  In the Middle East and North Africa, women activists in Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Saudi Arabia (to name a few... Read More