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February 11, 2021
On February 14, citizens of Kosovo will take to the polls in a high-stakes election to determine the parliament responsible for addressing the country’s democratic and governance shortcomings. Managing a public health and economic crisis, overcoming extreme polarization and improving Kosovo’s... Read More
December 17, 2020
This week, North Macedonia will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary of becoming a European Union (EU) candidate – an occasion which many anticipated would kick off accession negotiations, until Bulgaria vetoed the country’s first ever inter-governmental conference. Despite this upsetting turn of... Read More
December 16, 2020
On December 5, the International Republican Institute (IRI) brought together youth leaders from across the Balkans to promote cross-border solidarity in the first-ever regional Advanced Leadership in Politics Institute (ALPI) meeting. Through ALPI, IRI... Read More
December 15, 2020
On December 20, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) ethnically divided city of Mostar will hold its first local elections in over a decade. A requirement for the initiation of European Union (EU) accession negotiations, elections in Mostar are key to the country’s democratic development and European... Read More
September 14, 2020
Despite worrying signs of democratic backsliding, Montenegro’s recent elections demonstrated that political competition is alive and well, with the opposition coalition winning a narrow majority and upending 30 years of Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) dominance. While a seemingly positive... Read More
August 26, 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) faces a number of persistent challenges, including enduring political and ethnic divisions, high youth unemployment and emigration and low youth political participation – all of which undermine the country’s prospects for a stable, prosperous and democratic future. To... Read More
August 05, 2020
Following a year of historic milestones for North Macedonia, the country is progressing on its democratic and European path. From resolving the long-standing dispute over the name “Macedonia” to joining NATO and entering European Union (EU) accession talks, North Macedonia has made significant... Read More
July 09, 2020
With nearly 80 percent voter turnout, Turkey’s citizens are clearly committed to participating in the electoral process. However, these same citizens often have little, if any, access to their government— a reality that’s emblematic of a much wider problem in Turkey. Without the proper... Read More
June 18, 2020
COVID-19 threatens not only lives and livelihoods, but also governments and democratic institutions. The International Republican Institute (IRI) is profiling our partners and other leaders who have been the “first responders” in our global fight to protect and strengthen democracy. In this new... Read More
June 16, 2020
Corruption is one of the key inhibitors of democratic progress worldwide – undermining the rule of law and citizen trust in institutions. According to a recent poll conducted in North Macedonia, 27 percent of citizens think crime and corruption are the most important problems facing the country... Read More