July 2014

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July 31, 2014
IRI held a three-day workshop in Mongolia to help the local political party youth associations develop skills to engage more ably in their nation’s political future. We brought together leaders from the five main political parties to learn how to run a political campaign and to engage with their... Read More
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Gretchen Kunze

Resident Country Director, Asia
July 31, 2014
“A Song for Naija” has come a long way since its humble beginning.  The launch date was April 11, 2014. The venue was a preposterously muggy public art space on Lagos’ Victoria Island that the night before had been an empty room -devoid of all but a stage and the quiet hum of air conditioners... Read More
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Carter Jones

Program Manager, Generation Democracy
July 30, 2014
Two years ago following mass protest rallies in Moscow for fair and free elections, the Russian parliament approved a bill which requires all national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which receive funds from abroad for “political activity” to apply to a special list which would designate them... Read More
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Anastasia Sergeeva

Resident Program Officer, Eurasia Division
July 30, 2014
It’s late here. Even for D.C., city of perpetual goings-on.  Five o’clock Happy Hour exists only because by 9:00 p.m. we all recede again; our faces bent close to and made pale by the screens of our Blackberries.  “Nevermind me!” we insist to our friends who are equally engrossed by... Read More
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Emma Daniels

Program Assistant, Women's Democracy Network
July 30, 2014
 On July 22, the General Elections Commission announced the long awaited results of the July 9 presidential elections in Indonesia.  As an American living in Indonesia, I have held my breath with the rest of the country over the past month.  Almost every conversation has been... Read More
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Michelle Bekkering

Director of Governance
July 29, 2014
Georgia and Ukraine share a long list of common problems as well as achievements. On the one hand, both countries are struggling to overcome their post-Soviet mentality and both countries have parts of their territories occupied by their neighbor Russia which has already displayed its intention to... Read More
July 28, 2014
South Sudanese university students interview refugees in Uganda as part of an IRI survey research project. This beautiful photo was taken by Stephanie Shackelford, Program Officer for the Africa division.
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
July 28, 2014
Many of us working in the Democracy and Governance field are familiar with the work writ large: training members of political parties, civil society, and elected officials on a host of topics and issues to increase their capacity and better respond to constituent and voter needs.  Often times... Read More
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Derek Luyten

Regional Director, Asia Division
July 25, 2014
Nigerian women make up 51 percent of the Nigerian population. However, women only occupy 6.7 percent of the seats in the National Assembly and 32 percent of the executive cabinet. Only the attainment of equal representation and participation among women and men in decision-making will ensure... Read More
July 24, 2014
Eurasia Last week Russian democrats and human rights advocates lost one of our strongest and most visible pioneers,Valeria Novodvorskaya, who died of natural causes at age 64 . One from the generation of Soviet dissidents, Valeria Novodvorskaya was highly criticized by many people and groups in... Read More
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Anastasia Sergeeva

Resident Program Officer, Eurasia Division

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