April 2014

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May 01, 2014
In 1996, I was invited by the Russian Federation to observe their election for president, which in the second round pitted incumbent president Boris Yeltsin against Communist party candidate Gennady Zuganov, an election Yeltsin won. What made my observation unique at the time was that I would... Read More
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Chris Holzen

Senior Advisor for Eurasia and Russia Country Director
May 01, 2014
Yesterday we announced our plan to send an international delegation to observe Ukraine’s May 25, 2014 presidential election, as well as mayoral elections in some cities.  The... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
April 30, 2014
Sending international observers to a third country on Election Day, while not guaranteeing a clean and credible vote, does work to hold election authorities and the system accountable. In countries where poll worker training is weak and not all parties have monitors at polling stations,... Read More
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Emma Daniels

Program Assistant, Women's Democracy Network
April 27, 2014
From 2007-2009 Mark Green, IRI’s president, served as the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania.  This past Friday, Mark was honored by President Kikwete "In recognition of the philanthropic services rendered to the United Republic of Tanzania.”     The award citation praised Mark for his... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
April 27, 2014
On April 27, 1994, South Africans began voting in the country’s first all inclusive, democratic elections.  For three days, South Africans of all races cast their ballots and elected the African National Congress to lead the country.  The South African National Assembly then elected the... Read More
April 24, 2014
Our new Ukraine poll shows that despite Russian propaganda and the claims of pro-Russia militants that Russian-speaking citizens need protection from... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
April 24, 2014
Having never been to Africa and having been raised in a home of germaphobes there was one thing about this trip that caused more anxiety than everything else: malaria.  Forget hippos and crocodiles.   Malaria is Africa’s number one killer and is responsible for a staggering number of... Read More
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Carter Jones

Program Manager, Generation Democracy
April 21, 2014
On April 14, the tragic news of dozens of deaths and more than a hundred injured after a bomb exploded at the Nyanya Motor Park bus depot outside the Nigerian capital Abuja underscores the great security concerns in the country and the lengths to which insurgents will go to undermine the country’s... Read More
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Gretchen Birkle

Director, Generation Democracy
April 16, 2014
Last week I continued working with our field staff to demonstrate how monitoring and evaluation is part of the program life cycle.  Perhaps the most interesting part of these workshops has been reviewing and developing results chains for IRI’s Guatemala programs.  Results chains are... Read More
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Jennifer Crall

Senior Director of External Affairs
April 15, 2014
Last week Wednesday Indonesians went to the polls to cast their vote for representatives at all levels of the legislature.  As the third largest democracy in the world, with more than 17,000 islands spanning 3,000 miles across the equator, orchestrating the second largest one day elections was... Read More
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Rebecca Buursma

Assistant Program Officer, Asia Division

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