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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
June 05, 2020
Thirty-eight years ago on Monday, President Ronald Reagan delivered his historic Westminster Address to the British Parliament, in... Read More
May 28, 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
May 27, 2020
Under normal circumstances, the priority for the government of North Macedonia this spring would have been beginning European Union (EU) accession negotiations – a milestone in the country’s democratic development that was green-lit by the EU in March.  Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has... Read More
May 08, 2020
The government said it was impossible, and the opposition said it was inevitable. Now it has happened.  The presidential election scheduled for this Sunday, May 10, in Poland has been delayed, probably until July 12, as the parties of the governing coalition finally ended a tense game of... Read More

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