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February 2020

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February 27, 2020
March 2, 2020, Guyanese voters will head to the polls for their eleventh national democratic election. This small country in northeastern Latin America rarely makes headlines, but its strategic position as a neighbor of crisis-stricken Venezuela and the recent discovery of quantities of petroleum... Read More
February 26, 2020
The recent announcement of plans for a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban has brought what has been called “America’s forgotten war” back to the headlines. Yet to secure meaningful peace, it is critical that the negotiation process and any resulting settlement preserve and extend... Read More
February 21, 2020
Ukraine’s democratic survival depends on cultivating the next generation of democratic leaders. If Ukrainian democracy fails, the country could once again fall victim to the predations of the Kremlin, and the U.S. and its democratic allies will lose a vital strategic partner. The International... Read More
February 20, 2020
It has been nine years since Tunisians kicked off the Arab Spring by taking to the streets to demand a citizen-centered government that would respond to popular dissatisfaction with corruption and economic strife. Nearly a decade later, the country has made significant progress toward democracy,... Read More
February 14, 2020
On Monday, Kosovars around the world will celebrate the 12th anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence. This young democracy has proven resilient in the face of numerous regional threats. However, with the highest per capita number of Islamist returning foreign fighters in Europe, Kosovar... Read More
February 12, 2020
February 13 marks the United Nations World Radio Day, celebrating the role of radio in educating the public, spreading vital information and promoting democratic freedom. Even as technological advantages have ushered in a communications revolution, radio remains one of the most accessible platforms... Read More
February 10, 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) faces many profound challenges. Divided along ethnic lines, crippled by political gridlock and with one of the world’s highest youth unemployment rates, the future of Bosnia’s democratic development hinges on the willingness of the next generation of political leaders... Read More
February 07, 2020
Ukraine’s 2020 local elections—scheduled for October 2020—will be another step in Ukraine’s ongoing process of decentralization and European integration, providing Ukrainians a government that better represents their interests. As Ukraine prepares for Election Day, IRI is working with local... Read More
February 06, 2020
History is full of examples of countries where a large population of politically disengaged and disaffected youth resulted in political upheaval and instability. With more than 50 percent of its population under the age of 30, youth engagement in Nigeria is crucial to the country’s political... Read More
February 04, 2020
In 2016, the International Republican Institute launched its first-ever “Ideathon,” a program dedicated to empowering Panamanian youth to identify and address problems in their communities. Four years later, participant Radamés Martinez reflects on his experience with the Ideathon, and how it gave... Read More