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August 24, 2018
People run for office for a variety of reasons, some of which are altruistic and stem from a desire to improve their communities and make a difference, while others are entirely ego-driven or power seeking. In either case, very few truly know what to expect when they take office. Campaigns are... Read More
August 15, 2018
Youth political participation and leadership is critical to a functioning democracy. In Colombia, only four out of 10 young people vote and... Read More
June 08, 2018
Colombia’s presidential elections on Sunday, May 27 proved memorable. It was the first presidential election after the end of the Colombian conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of... Read More
March 26, 2018
March 11, Colombia had its first election following the 2016-peace accord that ended some 50 years of internal conflict.  It changed the legislative landscape by allocating 10 mandatory seats to the former FARC guerrillas (now called the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force). Overall, the... Read More
August 01, 2017
Involucrar, empoderar y conectar a los jóvenes para que participen en los procesos políticos es una de las grandes misiones del IRI.  En Colombia, se vio la importancia de involucrar a los jóvenes en el proceso de la implementación del Acuerdo de Paz, por lo cuál desarrollo el proyecto “... Read More
June 20, 2017
En Colombia, en medio de la guerra que hemos vivido por décadas, muchas personas han sido víctimas del conflicto. Sin embargo, la cifra de los jóvenes es devastadora, malos tratos, humillaciones e injusticias han sido la verdad oculta con la que han vivido por muchos años. Con el objetivo de... Read More
February 01, 2017
We are talking about Colombia in our second episode of “Global,” with the 30th President of Colombia, Andres Pastrana; Nick Miroff, Latin America Correspondent for the Washington Post; and IRI Resident Country Director for Colombia Gabriela Serrano.  With every podcast, we include a behind-... Read More
November 01, 2016
Plaza Bolivar is Bogota's historic public square, just yards from the spot where Colombia secured her independence and around the corner from some of the national government's most powerful offices. Hours after it became clear that the referendum on the 297-page peace accord between the government... Read More
October 04, 2016
Despite polls predicting a handy win for the ‘yes’ vote, the ‘no’s’ had it by a slim margin in Sunday’s plebiscite on Colombia’s peace accords.  The turnout, despite rainy weather, was heavier than expected.  Was it a slap in the face for President Santos?  Sign of a divided nation... Read More
September 22, 2016
Besides being prime places to experience South American cuisine, Colombia and Peru are in prime positions for their members of Congress and their staff to strengthen legislative services and oversight. The eagerness to energize such actions was brought to light during the series of technical... Read More

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