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April 29, 2019
A shared majority Buddhist religious heritage, landlocked geographic status, communist histories and a border with China made Mongolia the ideal location for a Lao study tour. Mongolia and Laos share unique commonalities—both are landlocked countries with a shared Buddhist heritage and historic... Read More
April 26, 2019
After the local elections on March 24, 2019, Ecuador faces a fractured political environment. Although there are many potential avenues for analysis for how these recent elections reflect Ecuador’s return to a robust democracy, two stand above the rest. First, questions about the performance of... Read More
April 19, 2019
While sitting at lunch in Kiev, Cindy McCain was reminded how much her husband meant to the people of Ukraine. “I just want to thank Senator McCain. He promised us the javelin missiles to defend our country against Russian aggression and... Read More
April 18, 2019
In 2010, Kenya adopted a highly ambitious constitution which included progressive reforms aimed at achieving greater gender equality in government. One of the reforms was the two-thirds gender rule. The rule states that no more than two-... Read More
April 17, 2019
Since December 2018, the Tunisian parliament passed the 2019 state budget, voted for a new president of the Independent High Electoral Commission (ISIE), and the ISIE has established the 2019 electoral calendar. However,... Read More
April 15, 2019
Kenya’s ambitious Constitution mandates the active participation of citizens toward achieving democratic governance. Participation, accountability and transparency are principles at the heart of the Constitution of Kenya and its laws. Kenya’s transition to a devolved system of government seeks to... Read More
April 08, 2019
Tunisia’s 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections will either continue the country’s success story in the region or lead to democratic backsliding. As Tunisians prepare to go to the polls in October to elect their members of parliament and in November to elect their next president,... Read More
April 08, 2019
In October 2018, Kim Mi-Hyang was selected for IRI’s Future Democratic Leaders Program (FDL). The program supports emerging North Korea defector leaders to take a greater role in the North Korean human rights and democratization movement. Despite balancing the two... Read More
April 05, 2019
On April 6, voters from across the Maldives will head to the polls for the second nation-wide election in less than eight... Read More
April 04, 2019
In early April, voters across the Maldives will return to the polls for the second major election in less than a year. The parliamentary elections on April 6 present the most significant political test yet for recently elected President Ibrahim Solih, who won a surprising election in September... Read More