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February 25, 2021
This week marks the seventh year since former President Victor Yanukovych’s government collapsed under the weight of the 2013-2014 Revolution of Dignity. Before Yanukovych's dismissal, Ukraine was a corrupt, pro-Russian and highly centralized state with hallmarks of political repression and... Read More
December 23, 2020
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the outbreak of a 40-day long war in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia is now facing a political, financial and socio-economic crisis. This, as some have argued, may cause the... Read More
November 17, 2020
On November 15 Ukraine held runoff elections after the October 25 local elections, which served as a powerful reminder that Europe’s largest country remains on a democratic path, making progress in three key areas. First, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy successfully organized and oversaw elections... Read More
October 26, 2020
On October 31, Georgians will go to the polls in a high-stakes parliamentary election that the international community hopes will result in a more representative, European-aligned government. Over the course of a year, Georgia has made great strides in its journey to democracy, and is widely... Read More
October 19, 2020
On October 25, Ukrainians will go to the polls to fill more than 40,000 seats at every level of Ukraine’s local and regional governments – marking a new phase in Ukraine’s much anticipated... Read More
August 24, 2020
Since achieving independence from the Soviet Union 29 years ago today, Ukraine has followed a long and sometimes troubled path to democracy. In that time, Ukrainians of all backgrounds have united to resist corruption and authoritarianism and build a sovereign, democratic and united polity. With... Read More
July 01, 2020
For Armenia, the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with a critical juncture in the country’s democratic development. As the country transitions from a semi-presidential system to a parliamentary one with multiple parties represented, the logistical challenges presented by the pandemic raised fears that... Read More
June 15, 2020
In Ukraine and across the globe, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic required swift government action to keep citizens safe and democratic institutions intact. Without a plan for holding online council sessions, however, the pandemic could paralyze local governments in Ukraine and put their... 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 13, 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

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