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September 2014

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October 01, 2014
The upcoming October 26 parliamentary election in Ukraine is critical for a number of reasons. In addition, it could result in great positives or great peril. First, a well-administered election that meets international standards would serve as a continuum of Ukraine’s democracy-building efforts... Read More
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Steve Nix

Director, Eurasia Division
October 01, 2014
Once again my work as an election observer brought me to a fantastic place, the village of Erriadh, in Djerba Island. On my drive to Erriadh I was surrounded by olive-trees that made feel at home. It’s not so different from my region, Alentejo (Portugal), after all.  ... Read More
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Fernanda Dâmaso

Long Term Observer, Djerba Island, Tunisia
September 30, 2014
“Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” has been the unofficial slogan of the current Colombia peace talks, which aim to end the second oldest armed conflict in the world going on now for about five decades and which has cost approximately 220,000 lives. What is certain, however, is that... Read More
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Luis Carlos Sossa

Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean Division
September 30, 2014
Colombia's five decades old violent conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army (FARC) has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands.  In the eyes of many, drug traffickers and narco-terrorists made the country a land of lawlessness.  Yet as 2015 approaches,... Read More
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Mark Green

President
September 30, 2014
Last week, the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and members of the parliamentary openness community hosted the... Read More
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Christian González

Program Assistant, Latin America and the Caribbean Division
September 29, 2014
For more than 30 years, we have helped people build democratic societies that are open, transparent and accountable to citizens. Through our programs we: Encourage democracy in places where it is absent;  Help democracy become more effective where it is in danger; and  Share best... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
September 29, 2014
I remember meeting the woman from Raqqa in a hotel restaurant in Gaziantep, Turkey.  I had been told that she had a video she wanted me to see, about life in her city under the oppressive rule of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  This woman had come to Gaziantep to attend an... Read More
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Hal Ferguson

Regional Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
September 25, 2014
Bhutanese youth speak to IRI about political party structure in Bhutan. IRI works with political parties, members of the media and women so that they can engage more actively in Bhutan’s new democracy.  Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
September 24, 2014
Politics is not an easy business. It is often disorderly, unwieldy and as Nurul Adha, puts it, “can leave you feeling sick.” Fortunately however for the citizens of West Nusa Tenggara, a province in eastern Indonesia, they have the unwavering passion and dedication of Nurul Adha, the chairperson of... Read More
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Theodore Wilhite

Assistant Program Officer, Asia Division
September 24, 2014
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Fiji to serve as an official observer of the island nation’s first democratic election in nearly a decade.  After a coup toppled the democratically-elected government in 2006, Fiji has been governed by a military Junta that has severely limited... Read More
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Derek Luyten

Regional Director, Asia Division

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