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May 16, 2014
One of the consequences about the recent event in Ukraine is that, at least in Jordan, they are challenging Syria for front page attention. Not every day, but some of the time. If you had told me two years ago that anything could distract from Syria, which is just 60 kms away, I’d have said you had... Read More
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Jeff Lilley

Resident Country Director, Jordan
May 16, 2014
Roman is a cheerful, easy-to-smile engineering student at one of Kyiv’s universities. I met him last summer when he, through the State Department’s Work and Travel program, was working as a lifeguard at a neighborhood pool. As we were spending a lazy Sunday afternoon at the pool, Roman heard me... Read More
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Bakhti Nishanov

Regional Deputy Director, Eurasia Division
May 16, 2014
Take a moment to think for yourself – what are you ready to sacrifice for your country? You pay taxes, you don’t take or offer bribes, you don’t litter on streets, and in general you behave as a law-abiding citizen? Good! And now imagine that you have to stand in the blistering cold for days and... Read More
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Taras Byk

Program Research Analyst
May 16, 2014
One would not have likely associated land rights or good governance with Myanmar. Yet Burma, another name for the resource-rich crossroads nation between the sub-continent and the rest of Asia, emerges from over a half century of conflict and isolation with anything seeming possible. Earlier this... Read More
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Kirk Talbott

Workshop Leader
May 15, 2014
When the Sarkozy Agreement was brokered after the brief war between Georgia and Russia in August 2008 it was expected that Russia would adhere to its terms.  Seven years on Georgians are still waiting for Russia to return back to the “boundaries” of August 7, 2008.  Russia continues to... Read More
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Andrea Keerbs

Resident Country Director, Georgia
May 15, 2014
To ensure transparent and open elections, IRI has fielded election observation delegations in every presidential and parliamentary election in Ukraine since the country declared independence in 1991. The following photos are from our election observation missions.   Read More
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Gabby Hanners

Communications Intern
May 14, 2014
IRI has been involved in every Ukrainian presidential election since 1991, not only with international observer missions but with longer-term training of candidates, campaign staff and political party Election Day observers.  The early presidential election scheduled for May 25 will have some... Read More
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Tom Garrett

Vice President for Programs
May 14, 2014
Buried deep within the news cycle this weekend was the surprising news that the leaders of South Sudan had agreed to end the five-month conflict that began on the night of December 15.  In the first face to face meeting between South Sudan President Saliva Kiir and former vice president and... Read More
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Sentell Barnes

Resident Program Officer, Nigeria
May 13, 2014
Last week IRI was honored to host the Honorable Mustapha Ben Jaafar, President of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly for a private roundtable on Tunisia’s democratic transition.  The event was co-hosted with the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). Mr. Ben Jaafar is in Washington... Read More
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Leo Siebert

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division
May 13, 2014
Nadia Diuk, who is vice president of programs for Africa, Central Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy and who will be a part of IRI’s delegation to observe Ukraine’s May 25 election, joined Steven Pifer, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, on PBS’... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications

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