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July 07, 2014
On Friday, June 28 Ukraine signed an Association Agreement with the European Union.  The agreement had been years in the making but the last minute decision by the former Ukrainian Government of President Yanukovych and Prime Minister Azarov in November 2013 to suspend the signature process... Read More
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Michael Druckman

Resident Country Director, Ukraine
July 03, 2014
Last week in the Knoxville News Sentinel, former U.S. Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe wrote about the sense of growing concern and uncertainty with Russian President Putin’s actions in Ukraine and its potential ramifications for Ukraine’s neighbors at the 5th... Read More
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Michael Druckman

Resident Country Director, Ukraine
July 03, 2014
For those of us in the West who take an interest in the Eurasian region, the ongoing developments in Ukraine and the actions of Russia have, unsurprisingly, consumed the majority of attention recently.  However, only about 600 kilometers away from Crimea, the government of Moldova has quietly... Read More
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Mattie Cowan

Senior Assistant Program Officer, Eurasia Division
July 03, 2014
Last week in Vilnius, Lithuania, IRI brought together survey research specialists from political parties across the Eurasia Region.  Together they not only improved on technical skills but also had an opportunity to network with counterparts from across the region and discuss issues and... Read More
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Michael Druckman

Resident Country Director, Ukraine
July 02, 2014
The heartbreaking death of prominent Libyan human rights figure Salwa Bugaighis, marks a tragic end to her struggle to promote freedom, human rights and decency in a dangerous land.  In her final act as an advocate, amid unrest in Benghazi, Ms. Bugaighis proudly voted in the nation’s general... Read More
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Tara Westby

Assistant Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division
July 01, 2014
Last month IRI, in partnership with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was honored to host Tunisian politician Yassine Brahim and Meriem Bourguiba, granddaughter of Tunisia’s first post-colonial president Habib Bourguiba, for a round table discussion.  Both guests are founding... Read More
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Ian Henderson

Graduate Scholar, Middle East and North Africa Division
June 30, 2014
One of the highlights of IRI Europe’s program is the convening of its “LEAP Team  ” of specialists in politics from all over the continent who contribute on a voluntary basis to IRI’s global efforts to promote democracy.  This June, our team members were in for a treat.  We gathered... Read More
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Thibault Muzergues

Resident Program Director, Europe Division
June 27, 2014
Howard Baker, former U.S. ambassador to Japan, former White House chief of staff, former majority leader of the United States Senate and former minority leader of the Senate, passed away yesterday. While his career spanned some of the most turbulent times in our nation, he was well respected... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
June 27, 2014
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor on the strategic partnership between the United States and India, which Senator McCain will visit next week: “Mr. President: Next week, I will travel to India where I look forward to... Read More
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Senator John McCain

Chairman of IRI’s Board of Trustees
June 26, 2014
Our blog usually features stories that highlight IRI’s work overseas.  Yet, Members and staff of the U.S. Congress also play an important role in strengthening legislatures around the world.  In 2005, the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) was created as a bipartisan commission that works... Read More
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Kimber Shearer

Vice President of Counsel and Strategic Initiatives

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