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November 07, 2018
Libya made headlines with the ousting of its strongman, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, and the turmoil that followed in 2011. The state, reeling from a civil war, humanitarian crisis and the threat of extremism, remains divided between the national recognized government, the Tripoli-based Government of... Read More
November 05, 2018
IRI collaborates with engaged, passionate civil society organizations (CSO) to organize public... Read More
September 07, 2018
In February 2016, Tunisia adopted a new Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). Under the new CPC, the law formally grants citizens protection against torture, the right to legal counsel from the onset of detention, reduces the maximum pre-trial detention time to 48 hours, requires the police to allow the... Read More
February 15, 2018
Seven years after ousting former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia is once again at a critical juncture. The government has made progress stabilizing the economy and addressing corruption but have fallen short on their outcomes. Tunisia has been successful in making a meaningful... Read More
January 24, 2018
The remote interior regions of Tunisia lack infrastructure. Villages can be far apart, and roads dangerous. Therefore, when thinking of a way to contact voters about upcoming local elections, one must be innovative. Tunisia is transitioning to democratic government following the toppling of its... Read More
September 20, 2017
The International Republican Institute (IRI) recognizes the unique leadership ability, from mitigating and negotiating policies during transitional phases to decision-making during conflict, of women, and that their involvement in the political process leads to better outcomes not only for... Read More
July 31, 2017
In countries across the globe, women are often disproportionately excluded from the political process. In an effort to combat this political trend, this year with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI launched a program to increase women’s political participation in Libya. Our... Read More
April 27, 2017
Not long ago, my friend and colleague, Hal Ferguson, wrote on this blog about the rise of ISIS and in his opinion the way to defeat ISIS through more effective and inclusive local governance.  While many might... Read More
December 22, 2016
Since the 2010-2011 revolution, Tunisia’s government has struggled through multiple changes in leadership as it finds it footing and embarks on a new phase of history.  Over the course of the ongoing transition faith in the government has waned as public expectations, especially among youth,... Read More
December 16, 2016
Balancing the governance equation IRI’s Citizen Academy program is modeled after longstanding, successful municipal outreach programs in Alexandra, VA and Scottsdale, AZ. The program started in Jordan near the end of 2015. Citizen Academies provide city residents with the knowledge and networks... Read More

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