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April 23, 2021
As Albanians head to the polls this Sunday, voters face a choice between the ruling Socialist Party (PS) and an opposition coalition comprised of the Democratic Party (PD) and Socialist Movement for Integration Party (LSI). PS is seeking a third term after eight years in power marked by sharp... Read More
April 01, 2021
Even in established democracies, the protection of human rights requires constant attention. In North Macedonia, where political institutions have at times failed to secure individual liberties, the government must keep a particularly close watch over its human rights record. To support in this... Read More
March 17, 2021
For more than 20 years, North Macedonia has staked its European Union (EU) prospects on resolving high-level issues, such as improving the country’s state and alliance building efforts. While these are critical, many officials have overlooked the equal importance of strengthening government... Read More
March 15, 2021
Kosovo's February 14 parliamentary elections marked an unprecedented tilt in the country's internal balance of power. After years of dominance by more established political parties, the up-and-coming Self-Determination Movement (LVV) is now leading the country’s government with its... Read More
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