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June 2014

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June 30, 2014
One of the highlights of IRI Europe’s program is the convening of its “LEAP Team  ” of specialists in politics from all over the continent who contribute on a voluntary basis to IRI’s global efforts to promote democracy.  This June, our team members were in for a treat.  We gathered... Read More
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Thibault Muzergues

Resident Program Director, Europe Division
June 27, 2014
Howard Baker, former U.S. ambassador to Japan, former White House chief of staff, former majority leader of the United States Senate and former minority leader of the Senate, passed away yesterday. While his career spanned some of the most turbulent times in our nation, he was well respected... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
June 27, 2014
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor on the strategic partnership between the United States and India, which Senator McCain will visit next week: “Mr. President: Next week, I will travel to India where I look forward to... Read More
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Senator John McCain

Chairman of IRI’s Board of Trustees
June 26, 2014
Our blog usually features stories that highlight IRI’s work overseas.  Yet, Members and staff of the U.S. Congress also play an important role in strengthening legislatures around the world.  In 2005, the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) was created as a bipartisan commission that works... Read More
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Kimber Shearer

Vice President of Counsel and Strategic Initiatives
June 25, 2014
Today we announced the Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will receive this year’s Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award (read the full release here).  The award is given by our... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
June 25, 2014
So-called “hackathons” provide a venue for self-expression and creativity through technology. Starting from zero, individuals with technical backgrounds come together around a particular problem, theme or idea and work collaboratively on finding an innovative, unique solution to an issue at hand.... Read More
June 25, 2014
Ekiti state is rather small state for Nigeria standards, with an approximate population of 2.8 million, the state is situated in the South West (SW) geographical zone.  For the past month, the state has held the attention of the entire nation.  The SW is an opposition stronghold, governed... Read More
June 24, 2014
Last week, I traveled from Washington, DC to New Haven, CT to attend the prestigious Women’s Campaign School at Yale University (WCS).  Having spoken to fellow International Republican Institute (IRI) staff who participated in the program in years past, I was overcome with a mix of excitement... Read More
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Victoria Yue

Program Assistant, Eurasia Division
June 24, 2014
Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Speaker Albert Kochei of the Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly in Kenya speak to a group of policy experts, academics, students and Africa watchers in Ottawa, Canada at an event co-sponsored by IRI and the... Read More
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Ashleigh Whelan

Country Director, Mongolia
June 24, 2014
Often only passing a milestone does its significance appear in greater clarity. Burma has experienced some notable changes in the past few years but perhaps none more so than the nascent reforms that have opened up of the political environment. Democratic progress is rarely linear in character and... Read More
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Matthew Baker

Senior Applied Learning Specialist

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