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January 21, 2015
Tragically and unexpectedly, IRI employee Robert Cushing died on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The IRI team was shocked and saddened to learn of his passing.  Today we celebrate his contributions and his achievements, and we will miss him and his tireless commitment to building a better future... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
January 05, 2015
Edward Brooke, the first popularly elected African American senator, passed away this weekend at the age of 95.   His impressive life of accomplishment isn’t as well known today, but in our work at IRI of supporting democracy overseas and opening political systems to disenfranchised people,... Read More
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Tom Garrett

Vice President for Programs
December 09, 2014
“Mr. President, I rise in support of the release – the long-delayed release – of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summarized, unclassified review of the so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ that were employed by the previous administration to extract information from captured terrorists... Read More
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Senator John McCain

Chairman of IRI’s Board of Trustees
December 03, 2014
As we recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities, IRI celebrates the contribution of those with disabilities to the democratic progress of their countries.  We recognize that democracy thrives when all citizens have their voices heard and have made programs targeting... Read More
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Tom Garrett

Vice President for Programs
November 28, 2014
We had a day of giving thanks, now Black Friday is here and Cyber Monday is fast approaching.  Have you thought about what you are doing for #GivingTuesday? For 31 years, IRI has helped build democratic societies that are open, transparent and accountable to citizens. ... Read More
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November 21, 2014
This week, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, Speaker John Boehner welcomed guest to the U.S. House of Representatives to honor a true hero, Czech President Václav Havel. Throughout his life, Havel stood against Communism and the repression of the totalitarian system... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
November 15, 2014
On November 19, the U.S. House of Representatives will honor President Václav Havel by dedicating his bust, which will be on display in the House of Representatives wing of the United States Capitol.  It will later join Winston Churchill, Lajos Kossuth, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington on... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
November 06, 2014
Tuesday I served for my second time as Precinct Captain for Precinct 33 in Washington, D.C. and it reminded me of why I’m so passionate about the work we do at IRI.  I thought of the Teddy Roosevelt quote that IRI President Mark Green shared with us in a staff meeting just the day before: “Far... Read More
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Kathleen Schmermund

Program Officer, Africa Division
September 29, 2014
For more than 30 years, we have helped people build democratic societies that are open, transparent and accountable to citizens. Through our programs we: Encourage democracy in places where it is absent;  Help democracy become more effective where it is in danger; and  Share best... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
September 11, 2014
Last night at our Freedom Dinner we honored the courageous men and women of the Maidan. We honored the leadership of an American president who has dedicated his life to advancing the cause of freedom. And we paid tribute to one of IRI's own, Rich Williamson, who was a true champion of democracy.... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs

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