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July 29, 2016
Election Day, especially in a country that is barely more than a decade from its democratic transition, and only four years removed from its first peaceful transfer of power, is always a crucial test of a political system’s resiliency.  In Georgia, that first peaceful transfer of power... Read More
July 29, 2016
The press is capable of stimulating the public conscience when it generates meaningful debate on issues that tug on the fabric of social life.   In the best of circumstances, it can help bridge gaps in the functioning of democratic systems. Yet when it reinforces negative stereotypes, it can... Read More
July 26, 2016
Last week, I was asked to be on a panel on “Utilization of Evidence and Research” at the USAID Democracy, Rights and Governance Partners’ Forum.  I spent some time during my presentation talking about complexity-aware approaches, and how to make sure that evidence stays relevant in the... Read More
July 21, 2016
Recent events in U.S. cities have once again put the spotlight on how we “police” our cities. We talk about guns, tracking down terrorists, taking bad people off the streets, and increasing the number of foot patrols walking through hot neighborhoods. Rarely do we refer to police as public “safety... Read More
July 09, 2016
Last week USAID’s Global Development Lab hosted a digital development forum on Central America in the City of San Salvador. Themes focused on ways information communication technology (ICT) tools can open and shape the democratic space throughout... Read More
July 08, 2016
When asked to rank which local issues should top their municipality’s list of priorities, Jordanians consistently list “city cleanliness” near the very top. There are many reasons why cities have problems with litter, and most are difficult and costly to tackle. These reasons include: an... Read More
July 05, 2016
As Country Director for IRI in Tunisia, I am taking classes to improve my French language skills.  I pester my tutor and staff to help me learn French terms for our work.  Although I can order anything off a menu and ask for directions in French, I want to learn the language of... Read More
July 04, 2016
For a while, and despite pressures from outside parties, it seemed that Matteo Renzi, darling of the European media and reformist president of Italy’s Council of Ministers, was immune from the nasty challenges his moderate counterparts have been encountering in other Mediterranean countries such as... Read More