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September 27, 2019
Two first-time candidates made it to the run-off in the first round of the Tunisian presidential election.... Read More
September 18, 2019
After years of conflict in Syria, there is still little consensus on how everyday Syrians will be able to reclaim their lives and communities amid such a devastating conflict.  A significant part of the challenge in finding that consensus is the complex and often baffling mix of... Read More
September 11, 2019
Until last weekend, the World Cup was the only event that I could rely on seeing on every TV in every café in Tunis. But for three nights over this past weekend, soccer took a rare back seat to a whole different kind of competition: the... Read More
September 10, 2019
All eyes are on Tunisia as it prepares for a presidential election on September 15 — an election hastened by the untimely death of President Beji Kaid Essebsi, the founding father of Tunisia’s second republic. Despite disenchantment with Tunisia’s direction since the Arab Spring, the... Read More
August 16, 2019
As Tunisia prepares for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, IRI is supporting its local partners in their voter registration and civic education initiatives to reach women and other marginalized voters. Since the first post-revolution elections in 2011, voter turnout in Tunisia... Read More
August 02, 2019
Eight years after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi, Libya remains a fractured nation characterized by divides along ethnic, tribal, geographic and ideological lines. In this environment, there is a lack of alliances or networks that bring young people together to discuss and try to overcome... Read More
July 26, 2019
Amr Sufian is a 25-year-old civil society activist based in Tripoli. Like many of his peers, Sufian is disappointed that the February 17 Revolution, which took place in Libya in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring, did not lead to a successful political transition. After the fall of Libyan... Read More
December 20, 2018
An important strategic ally to the United States, a democratic Tunisia can have an important positive effect on the North Africa region. Since the revolution, Tunisia has made huge democratic progress by achieving key... Read More
October 16, 2018
Moroccan civil society activists Soufiyan Saaoudi, 31 years old from Tieflt city, and Khadija Khafid, 26 years old from Kenitra city, met at a training facilitated by Soufiyan on debating techniques organized as part of the Moroccan Youth Voice program. A spark was ignited immediately between the... Read More
August 28, 2018
The International Republican Institute established the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) nearly one decade ago. Founded in 2008, AWLI has brought together over one hundred women across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region based on one... Read More