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March 01, 2021
Last month, Transparency International released its 26th annual Corruption Perceptions Index – the leading indicator of public sector corruption across the globe. Building on the report’s findings, International Republican Institute (IRI) expert... Read More
January 26, 2021
Months after voters approved a new constitution in Algeria, President Abdelmajid Tebboune signed into law the long-awaited amendments on January 1, 2021. While the constitution marks a step in the right direction for the economically fragile country, strengthening Algeria’s democracy will not be... Read More
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

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