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January 17, 2020
In 2016, the International Republican Institute (IRI) organized Panama’s first Ideathon competition, a program in which young people develop innovative projects to benefit their communities with the aim of improving engagement between youth and local government.   Over the past... Read More
January 10, 2020
The latest episode in Venezuela’s ongoing political turmoil has again highlighted the breakdown of this once prosperous country as a result of disastrous policies, rampant... Read More
January 08, 2020
On January 5, Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime attempted to seize control of Venezuela’s last remaining democratic institution, the National Assembly. The coup failed. Although physically barred from the legislative building, 100 of the 167-member National Assembly convened elsewhere to re-... Read More
January 03, 2020
As Venezuela’s National Assembly prepares to vote on whether to re-elect Juan Guaidó as its president on January 5, the democratic opposition stands at a critical moment. Faced with declining popularity, leaders in exile and rising corruption within the movement, the opposition is struggling... Read More
December 30, 2019
As Colombia continues efforts to end its own 50-year internal conflict, it has been hit with a mass migrant influx from neighboring Venezuela, under the thumb of Nicolas Maduro’s authoritarian regime. Colombia’s humanitarian response to this latest crisis and its long-term peace and security rest... Read More
December 23, 2019
Los Montes de Maria es una región ubicada en los departamentos de Bolívar y Sucre, que ha sido escenario de torturas, masacres, violaciones y desapariciones forzadas. La lucha por tener el control del territorio y de las vías para comercializar la droga han hecho que los paramilitares, las... Read More
December 23, 2019
After a decade in which corruption in Ecuador reached new heights, the local elections of 2019 brought a new opportunity for genuine reform. However, most of these new government officials lacked the skills and experience to implement much-needed steps toward accountability and transparency. To... Read More
December 23, 2019
Después de una década en la que la corrupción en Ecuador consolidó nuevos alcances, las elecciones sectoriales de 2019 representaron una nueva oportunidad para una reforma genuina. Sin embargo, la mayoría de estos nuevos funcionarios gubernamentales carecen del desarrollo de habilidades y... Read More
December 10, 2019
The International Republican Institute (IRI) stands with the brave human rights defenders and democracy activists around the world working to secure a better future for their countries. In honor of Human Rights Day, we decided to profile one of Cuba’s most prominent human rights activists, Jose... Read More
December 05, 2019
As part of its efforts to shut down citizen protests demanding political reform, the Nicaraguan government has stifled freedom of the press, accused civil society organizations of plotting a coup and arbitrarily detained hundreds of people. A new... Read More