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September 28, 2018
In early February 2018, the Maldives descended into political chaos as President Abdulla Yameen used a state of emergency to crack down on opposition. Since his election in 2013, President Yameen has grown increasingly authoritarian and built closer alliances with China. The region watched as... Read More
August 09, 2018
In 2006, people took the streets to chant Loktantra Zindabad, meaning “long-live democracy” in Nepali. Millions shouted these words to put an end to the direct rule of the King in Nepal. The April uprising of 2006 not only transformed the Himalaya nation from monarch to republic, but also restored... Read More
August 08, 2018
Thirty years ago today, on August 8, 1988, university students in Burma organized protests against General Ne Win’s totalitarian one-party government, under whose rule Burma became one of the poorest... Read More
July 09, 2018
Today’s youth are inspired by the idea that they can drive meaningful, lasting change in their countries. While attending IRI’s Generation Democracy 2018 Global Summit in Vienna, Austria, two young leaders, one from South and one from North... Read More
July 09, 2018
오늘 날의 청년들은 그들이 국가에서 의미있고 지속적인 변화를 일으킬 수 있다는 생각에 고무되어 있습니다. 남한과 북한에서 온 두 젊은 청년 지도자들은오스트리아, 비엔나에서 개최된 IRI의 2018년도 Generation Democracy 국제 회의에 참여하면서 서로를 처음 만났습니다. 북한과 남한 정상의 지도자들이 새로운 미래를 위한 발자국을 천천히 내딛고 있을 때, 이 두 열정적인 청년들은 같은 목표-개방되고 자유로운 북한-를... Read More
February 08, 2018
Sri Lanka is just days away from carrying out the largest electoral exercise in the country’s history.  Nearly 16 million voters will have the opportunity to elect local government representatives for the country’s 341 local government bodies. While unlikely to receive much international... Read More
January 17, 2018
Moving from protest to policy is not easy at a time when the biggest problem we’re all facing is lack of faith in our institutions. Years of patriarchal, archaic structures have marginalized many in our communities, and driven many voices to the fringes – but this has also made us restless for... Read More
January 09, 2018
Twenty years ago, IRI opened an office in Jakarta, Indonesia. At that time, Indonesia was transitioning to a democracy after an economic and political crisis. In honor of working in Indonesia for the past 20 years, here are 20 things you should know about our work in the world’s largest Muslim-... Read More
August 08, 2017
While the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) may elicit a mix of feelings depending on whom you speak to, its 50th Anniversary is notable no matter your opinion of the organization. Founded 50 years ago today, the founding five nations - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and... Read More
July 25, 2017
I visited Timor-Leste twice during the late years of Indonesian occupation, in both 1995 and 1998, witnessing the omnipresent oppression back then, ultimately making Timor-Leste a part of my life. In 1999, I observed the referendum, still recalling the helplessness of September 6, 1999, being... Read More

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