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January 14, 2021
Ten years ago today, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia after more than two decades of undemocratic rule, marking the culmination of what is now known as the Jasmine Revolution.  The uprising erupted just a month earlier with the self-immolation of a fruit vendor in Sidi Bouzid that sparked... Read More
January 05, 2021
This fall, Tunisia’s parliament postponed two bills, for the eighth time in five years, meant to establish the country’s long-awaited Constitutional Court. Introduced in Tunisia’... Read More
December 02, 2020
Today marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), an occasion to recognize the contributions of the global PWD community and recommit to empowering this historically marginalized group. The COVID-19 pandemic has left an outsized effect on the PWD community, and efforts to ensure... Read More
November 12, 2020
This fall ushered in Tunisia’s third government in less than a year, led by its eighth prime minister since the revolution in 2011. The new government now faces the massive task of managing COVID-19 while also addressing the country’s looming economic crisis. To add to these challenges, it will... Read More
October 22, 2020
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Iraq’s Tishreen Revolution, the pro-democracy movement that brought down former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi after his crackdown on popular protests killed more than 600 Iraqis. The protestors’ demands have been simple: hold government officials... Read More
September 15, 2020
Killing at least 200 and robbing many others of their homes and livelihoods, last month’s catastrophic explosion in Beirut shows the dreadful human cost of corrupt governance. Long before the blasts shook the city, government failures had been mounting and citizens were demanding increased... Read More
July 24, 2020
Iraq’s new prime minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi – who came to office on a tide of popular, youth-led protests – has raised hopes of a more democratic future for the beleaguered country. With al Kadhimi making some positive movements toward genuine change, Iraq could finally be on the right track.... Read More
July 16, 2020
As Afghanistan grapples with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taliban has sought to both exert control through violent attacks and leverage the pandemic to their advantage as part of a cynical “hearts and minds” campaign. The Afghan government’s inadequate response to COVID-19 has given... Read More
July 10, 2020
Despite lacking the resources of wealthier, more powerful neighbors, Tunisia has managed to contain the spread of COVID-19 and start the process of re-opening its economy – even welcoming tourists back at the end of June. Transparency, public awareness, and a nascent culture of civic engagement... Read More
May 06, 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

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