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January 27, 2020
As a leader in e-governance, Estonia has leveraged public-private partnerships to boost innovation, support its democratic institutions and establish itself as a top-rated democracy among post-Soviet states. Despite sharing a similar history, many countries in the region have struggled to emulate... Read More
September 12, 2017
A few years ago, I passed the much-feared threshold that officially separates “youth” from “grown up.” During this time, colleagues that I had trained as part of IRI's youth programs came of age politically and were being elected into parliament and joining their national governments.... Read More
September 01, 2016
The last few weeks of August have been marked by various days of celebration, as former states of the Soviet Union held 25th anniversaries of independence, among them Estonia on August 20, Ukraine on August 24, Moldova on August 27 and yesterday, August 31, in Kyrgyzstan.  In these countries... Read More
August 19, 2016
During my preliminary research in preparing for a week of learning about e-governance in Estonia, I came across a quote from technology entrepreneur, Marc Adreessen, that read, “Skype has a great engineering team, which I like to describe as ‘all of Estonia.’” After being week embedded in Tallinn... Read More
August 04, 2016
Next week I will be heading to Tallinn, Estonia. Working in international development, I have gotten used to finding myself in some unexpected places, but this is one that I definitely wouldn’t have predicted. It also happens to be my first trip for IRI, and the more that I browse and click and... Read More
April 17, 2016
Estonia has mastered e-government. The rapid transition of the Baltics from Soviet-occupied territories to active members of the EU and NATO is well-documented but deserves to be more closely studied as a model. The Baltics are a development model for the entire region and their recent and... Read More