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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
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
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
November 13, 2018
Burma made strides toward consolidating its recent record of holding well-administered, credible elections in the November 3 by-elections. The elections were deemed “peaceful and credible with no significant incidents that can have negatively impacted the results” by an international observer... 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 26, 2018
The 2015 election in Burma was an important milestone in the county’s reform process after 50 years of authoritarian rule. With the NLD in power, expectations were high for continued economic and political reforms.  While the election was a positive first step, it would be a mistake to... Read More
July 18, 2018
Three years ago, Burma held its first competitive general election in 25 years. The election was an important milestone in the county’s reform process after over 50 years of authoritarian rule. Following the election of the NLD and Aung San Suu Kyi, expectations were high that the promised economic... Read More

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