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October 17, 2019
Nonpartisan research is a valuable resource for legislators in democracies. But in many young democracies, like Timor-Leste, parliamentary research organizations are nascent and face significant obstacles in being accepted as nonpartisan. The International Republican Institute (IRI) and the U.S.... Read More
September 24, 2019
Leading up to Burma’s 2020 general elections, the International Republican Institute (IRI) is featuring  alumni of its Leadership Training School (LTS) in a... Read More
August 22, 2019
Like much of the civil war-torn nation, decades of conflict have plagued Burma's southeastern Kayin State. Since Burma’s independence in 1948, persistent corruption and poverty have afflicted both areas of the region under the control of ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) and those controlled by... Read More
August 12, 2019
“How can we create change?” This was the question on the minds of young political party members who gathered together in Yangon August 7–8 to learn, network and celebrate the contributions of youth leaders ahead of International Youth Day. IRI Burma brought together 85 young people from 24... Read More
July 18, 2019
The robust and peaceful participation of parties in the 2015 general elections and the 2017 and 2018 by-elections is one of the most important achievements in Burma’s democratic transition. As the 2020 general elections in Burma approach, the country continues to take steps towards a more... Read More
June 27, 2019
“Elections” are often the first thing people think of when they think about democracy. And while elections are a key component, there is much more to democracy than that. For example, effective democracy requires the rule of law, the separation of powers, functioning political parties, an... Read More
May 02, 2019
In 2012, Burma’s democratic reforms opened the door for competitive multiparty elections after many years of military rule and dictatorship. Ushered in by... Read More
April 29, 2019
A shared majority Buddhist religious heritage, landlocked geographic status, communist histories and a border with China made Mongolia the ideal location for a Lao study tour. Mongolia and Laos share unique commonalities—both are landlocked countries with a shared Buddhist heritage and historic... Read More
April 16, 2019
Following the fall of Suharto’s three-decade presidency in 1998, Indonesian citizens embraced democracy and have since successfully completed four national elections and experienced peaceful transitions of power. The election on April... Read More
February 21, 2019
The 2015 election in Burma was an important milestone in the county’s reform process after 50 years of authoritarian rule. Expectations were high for continued economic and political reforms after the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) electoral success. While the election was a positive first... Read More

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