What the Paris Agreement means for Ukraine – Svitlana Norets

The consequences of global climate change are increasingly felt in Ukraine. Over the past 20 years the average annual temperature has risen by 0,8⁰C, and the average temperature in January and February by 1-2⁰C. This has led to changes in…

No one votes in America, but Iowa Mattered – Mary Grace

No one votes in America. We all complain, we all speculate, but registering to vote 25 days ahead of schedule, driving to an elementary school after work – we won’t do it. Americans don’t vote, at least half of us. …

Democrats and the Higher Education Crisis – Danika Kimball

The American higher education system was greatly impacted by the economic downturn in 2007. For many public universities, insurmountable budget cuts caused institutions across the country to inflate tuition costs and cut spending. As a result, students have been forced…

Portuguese Presidential Elections: Chaotic (and amusing), yet predictable – Jorge de Jesus

On the 24th January, Portuguese citizens will be going to the polls to elect the fifth democratically-elected president since the 1974 Carnation Revolution. These elections will mark not only the end of the second term of right-wing President Cavaco Silva,…

Azerbaijan Should Use its Oil Crisis to Fight for Democracy

Most of the countries that earn their income from oil are undemocratic.  Thanks to the large sums of money earned by oil, these countries tend to develop regimes that do not take into consideration human rights, serve only the interests…

Women’s rights are a global challenge – Samira Rafaela

During a training course in Nairobi last year I was once again reminded of the importance of women’s rights and global education. Last November the Council of Europe organized the 11th Africa-Europe training course for youth organizations in dynamic Nairobi,…

COP21: Country Perspectives

IFLRY (the International Federation of Liberal Youth) represents over two million youth members around the world, and our Climate Change team had the opportunity to bring unique perspectives to COP21. With representatives from Norway, the Philippines, Ukraine, Canada, and the…

COP21 – The IFLRY Delegation weighs in on: The Agreement

Four years ago in Durban, South Africa, a working group was established to develop a protocol and a legally binding agreement that would be ready no later than 2015, for adoption at COP21 in Paris, France. IFLRY had the opportunity…

How to Fight Terrorism – Christian Holm

It seems as if each generation of western society has suffered a formative conflict. I dread that ours will be the war on terror. If this is so, we need find ways to understand its causes properly, and combat terrorism…

What Trudeau means for the international community – Dunja Stajic

On October 19th, Canada elected its 23rd Prime Minister. Justin Trudeau’s leadership brought the Liberal Party of Canada to a strong victory, forming a majority government after a decade-long Conservative administration. A long time coming, the Liberals won on the…