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May 18, 2020
In November 2020, Burma is scheduled to hold its first general elections since the National League for Democracy (NLD) came to power in 2015.  After ten years of dramatic political shifts following decades of military rule, Burma is projected to hold another transparent election, with some 6,... Read More
May 12, 2020
When groups and individuals are excluded from the democratic process or the wider civic life of their country, the quality of governance suffers, and elected officials lack vital input on public priorities. The risk of further marginalizing historically underrepresented groups is particularly acute... Read More
May 06, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis is disproportionately affecting marginalized communities around the world, including in Bangladesh. Minority groups such as Biharis and transgendered people live on the margins of society with restricted access to essential services, and are ill-prepared for a public health... Read More
April 28, 2020
Today marks the 37th anniversary of the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) founding. Throughout our nearly four decades of existence, we’ve seen the vital role that U.S. leadership grounded in American values has played in responding to generation-defining global challenges—ranging from the... Read More
April 06, 2020
Ukraine has a rich tradition of youth taking an active role in improving their society. From the 2004 Orange Revolution to the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, young people have been at the frontlines of Ukraine’s Democratic transition. Now, youth throughout Ukraine are working at the grassroots level... Read More
April 02, 2020
Women in Bangladesh are underrepresented in political and civic life. When half the population is prevented from fully participating in political life, democracy suffers. Aroma Dutta, the first woman from civil society to serve in Bangladesh’s parliament in the country’s history, is addressing... Read More
March 31, 2020
Despite making up more than half of the world’s population, women remain woefully underrepresented in politics worldwide as a result of systemic legal and cultural inequalities. How can governments and civil society empower women to participate in policymaking? The International Republican... Read More
March 11, 2020
Empowered young people are the key to furthering prosperity and strengthening democracy in Ukraine. With an estimated youth unemployment rate of 20 percent and ongoing problems with brain drain... Read More
March 02, 2020
On February 29, Slovakia elected a new parliament comprised of opposition politicians who campaigned against the incumbent center-left government. The elections took place amid ongoing political fallout over the 2018... Read More
February 26, 2020
The recent announcement of plans for a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban has brought what has been called “America’s forgotten war” back to the headlines. Yet to secure meaningful peace, it is critical that the negotiation process and any resulting settlement preserve and extend... Read More