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July 05, 2016
As Country Director for IRI in Tunisia, I am taking classes to improve my French language skills.  I pester my tutor and staff to help me learn French terms for our work.  Although I can order anything off a menu and ask for directions in French, I want to learn the language of... Read More
October 06, 2015
Sihem Bensedrine is a longtime advocate of human rights and a member of IRI’s International Advisory Council.  In her home country of Tunisia, she resisted the Ben Ali regime for decades and called for the world’s attention to the abuses of Tunisia’s police state.  Today, following... Read More
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Leo Siebert

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division
September 28, 2015
As a newcomer to IRI’s Tanzania program I have a lot to learn about this East African nation entering its fifth round of multiparty elections this October.  I’ve known that IRI will be working with members of the media to increase electoral transparency and encourage peaceful participation in... Read More
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Anne Govern

Program Assistant, Africa Division
September 15, 2015
This week, IRI is touring two cities in Colombia with a group of mayors, municipal councilors, and a citizen participant in IRI’s programs in Jordan.  Over the next couple of days, we invite you to tour the country with us to share the experience with our delegation!  For the first part... Read More
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Carrie Schenkel Reasonover

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division
March 31, 2015
In Burma, recent reforms have stimulated a surge in social and political activity, which might lead one to believe that civil society fell from the sky when liberalization began in 2011.  In fact, even under military rule religious and community-based organizations led aid efforts in conflict... Read More
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Josh Hills

Resident Director of Political Party Development, Burma
March 31, 2015
During the past week, I had the opportunity to host IRI’s President Mark Green on his first visit to Burma.  The purpose of the visit was to provide Mark an opportunity to gain insight on the progress of current reform process from stakeholders and their perceptions of the transition process,... Read More
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Steve Cima

Resident Country Director, Burma
March 17, 2015
Through strategic partnerships, IRI’s work is enhanced by being able to offer a wealth of international perspectives.  Over the last year, IRI’s programs in Jordan and Morocco have benefitted greatly from a collaboration with the Eduardo Frei Foundation (... Read More
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Carrie Schenkel Reasonover

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division