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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
April 29, 2020
Multiparty, issue-based parliamentary caucuses can help overcome political deadlock and spur essential initiatives. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the work of these caucuses has become crucial to overcoming legacies of mistrust and deep political divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). With support... Read More
February 14, 2020
On Monday, Kosovars around the world will celebrate the 12th anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence. This young democracy has proven resilient in the face of numerous regional threats. However, with the highest per capita number of Islamist returning foreign fighters in Europe, Kosovar... Read More
November 27, 2019
In November 2019, the Government of North Macedonia, with the backing of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the Open Finance Portal that publishes all state... Read More
November 05, 2019
Kosovo is one of the world’s youngest democracies and has made great progress since becoming an independent state in 2008. However, corruption and unemployment — especially youth unemployment — remain challenges. That’s why Xhemile Misinaj, a youth changemaker, entered municipal politics. This is... Read More
October 30, 2019
Diana Endeladze was a young girl when the dramatic events of the 2003 Rose Revolution transformed Georgia. Today, as a nonprofit leader, she is helping to connect Georgian youth with education and cultural exchange opportunities abroad. This is the first in a series of profiling members of the... Read More
June 28, 2019
Disinformation. Propaganda. Fake news. In the United States, these terms came into the public consciousness during and immediately after the 2016 presidential election and were used to describe the Russian government’s attempt to influence the election result. As U.S. government and media... Read More
May 23, 2019
I first became interested in politics and social change during high school. While most of my peers had no interest in such topics, I was reading about political affairs and watching political TV shows. I got involved in non-governmental organization work as an activist, but I eventually realized... Read More
May 20, 2019
North Macedonia is persistently plagued with the problem of corruption. The country scored 37/100 on the 2018 Corruption Perception Index, and is continuously ranked as a highly-corrupted country. Weak, incompetent and politicized institutions... Read More