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February 2014

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February 28, 2014
Today IRI publically released its Strategy for International Democratization Support to Somaliland (link to webstory and... Read More
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Elizabeth Lewis

Deputy Director, Africa Division
February 28, 2014
Today IRI publically released its Strategy for International Democratization Support to Somaliland (link to webstory and report).  I was a member of the IRI team that conducted the assessment in Somaliland and developed the subsequent strategy.  Each time I visit Somaliland, I am inspired... Read More
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Elizabeth Lewis

Deputy Director, Africa Division
February 27, 2014
Imagine answering a knock on your door on a Saturday months before campaign season is supposed to start and finding a man who introduces himself as the leader of a rising political party and asks to speak with you about the issues you consider to be most important for the country.  Now imagine... Read More
February 27, 2014
I come from an unusual background for a democracy builder – not a former Hill staffer, campaign manager or even local government guru. Just a former journalist and teacher with a bent for the international experience and a fundamental sense of the rightness of democracy to address the world’s most... Read More
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Jeff Lilley

Resident Country Director, Jordan
February 26, 2014
The Woman’s Democracy Network connects women across the world who share similar struggles and barriers with women leaders who have overcome these challenges and can provide counsel and best practices.  Below WDN member Ledia Hanifa Amaliah talks about her experience running for the House of... Read More
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Kerri Anderson-Czerkas

Program Officer, Women's Democracy Network
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

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