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February 24, 2014
Since 2010, the International Republican Institute (IRI) has worked with first term mayors throughout Central America’s Northern Triangle on a host of democratic governance practices designed to improve citizen-government engagement. One initiative, presenting budgets via town hall forums,... Read More
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Tony Garrastazu

Resident Country Director, Central America
February 24, 2014
As IRI’s director in Kyiv from 1993 to 2000, I sometimes heard activists say one reason democracy’s transition was so rocky and that the population was seemingly apathetic through the early years of the country’s modern existence was that “Ukrainians didn’t have to fight for their independence;”... Read More
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Tom Garrett

Vice President for Programs
February 20, 2014
An increase in the number of women in public office results in better governance practices including greater responsiveness to citizen needs and transparency, increased cooperation across party lines and cultural divides as well as more sustainable conflict resolution.  Yet one of... Read More
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Kerri Anderson-Czerkas

Program Officer, Women's Democracy Network
February 20, 2014
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
February 19, 2014
In the last few days, violence again broke out in Ukraine with police raiding protest camps. Reuters photographers have captured the crackdown in shocking photos that have been posted to Business Insider website in a piece... Read More
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Motria Chaban

Program Officer, Eurasia Division
February 11, 2014
The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) is an initiative of IRI to increase women’s political participation and leadership. The mission is wonderful, yet how they carry it out is what I find amazing.  WDN accomplishes their goals by linking women with their peers who share similar struggles,... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
February 10, 2014
Since the fall of the Ben Ali regime, IRI has assisted Tunisia’s nascent political parties and civic organizations as they build their organizations and develop platforms that address the issues citizens care most about. As this work, critical to the success of Tunisia’s democracy, has been carried... Read More
February 10, 2014
Over the past several months you may have heard about various protest sites at intersections in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok.  There is probably an intersection in Bangkok you haven’t heard of yet. At the intersection of Songprapha and Dechatungka roads sits the... Read More
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Robert Cushing

Country Director, Bhutan
February 07, 2014
While governments are increasingly making transcripts from speeches, trials and hearings publically available, it can still be difficult for citizens and civil society to access the information they want when those documents aren’t searchable.  mySociety... Read More
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Samantha Powell

Program Assistant, Democratic Governance
February 05, 2014
 It is such a thrill and honor to be reunited with my dear, dear friend, Soda and his wife who are here visiting from Cambodia. I first met Soda in Cambodia back in, I want to say 2002'ish, when I went to do some work for IRI’s office there. Soda was so incredibly kind and welcoming to me.... Read More
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Shawn Beighle

Chief Information Officer

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