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March 11, 2019
Welcome back! In the first blog post, we laid out the fragile separation of powers and constitutional framework for local accountability in Afghanistan. We concluded... Read More
February 27, 2019
Nearly two decades into our longest war, the United States is in the process of withdrawing from... Read More
February 19, 2019
A week after protests in Kasserine spiraled out of control leading to violent clashes and spreading concern across the country, the IRI Tunisia team hit the road to meet with citizens and civil society organizations to discuss the state of... Read More
February 04, 2019
When a wave of protests and unrest rocked much of the Arab world in 2011, Algeria stood out as a beacon of stability amidst ongoing chaos in the region. The steady internal situation has allowed it to play an increasing, positive role in stabilizing and promoting peace in... Read More
January 30, 2019
Iraq is one of the few places in the world where my Muslim friend can ask a Christian nun how to find an ancient Jewish synagogue currently being rehabilitated in Alqosh, a city in the Ninewa Plains. This actually happened. The mosaic of Iraqi culture is beautiful, ancient and in danger.... Read More
January 17, 2019
Tunisia is the only country to have emerged from the Arab Spring as an established democracy but eight years after the revolution, political leaders are... Read More
January 08, 2019
When implementing programs focused on women’s empowerment, IRI recognizes that there is no one way to empower women. Cultural, political and economic norms vary from country to country and region to region, which affects what is both feasible and desirable for... Read More
January 07, 2019
Afghanistan, the world’s deadliest place according to the latest Global Terrorism Index, is currently preparing for its presidential elections in July. Another study... Read More
January 03, 2019
Throughout Iraq, as in many countries, infrequent and ineffective communication between citizens and government creates a gap which contributes to a lack of trust, little understanding of government priorities and the perception that government officials are not interested in meeting citizens’... Read More
December 05, 2018
On November 23, prominent Syrian activist Raed Fares was killed by unidentified gunmen in the town of Kafranbel. Active since the early days of the Syrian revolution in 2011, Fares was one of the most widely respected and energetic Syrian... Read More

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