November 2014

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November 19, 2014
For those in the United States who are looking for stronger leadership in Europe with regard to the strategic challenge posed by Russia to the post-Cold-War transatlantic order, I suggest watching (available below) or reading German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s speech at the Lowy Institute in Sydney... Read More
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Jan Surotchak

Regional Director, Europe
November 18, 2014
Bockenfeld was an international election observer with IRI’s delegation for the October 26 parliamentary elections in Tunisia and will serve as an IRI observer for the November 23 presidential election. For many Tunisians these days, Western observers pointing to their country as a “model for the... Read More
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Cole Bockenfeld

Advocacy Director, Project on Middle East Democracy
November 18, 2014
The October 26 legislative elections in Tunisia, shows that establishing democracy is not impossible in an Arab Muslim country. Throughout Tunisia, and especially in the southern governorates, Tunisians flocked to the polls. Overall, there were few major problems and the elections were fair, free... Read More
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Jamal Boubouch

Long Term Observer, Tunisia
November 18, 2014
As Southeast Asia moves toward becoming an integrated economic powerhouse, it is grappling with the negative environmental consequences that often accompany rapid development.   Urbanization is resulting in trash-choked waterways, poor sanitation and excessive smog from vehicle emissions.... Read More
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Rhonda Mays

Program Officer, Asia Division
November 17, 2014
November 11-12, Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) organized an unusually introspective public forum in Mexico City that asked how political parties could improve relations with civil society organizations.   I attended as a panelist. Its premise was whether better relations... Read More
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Stephen Johnson

Division Director, Latin American and the Caribbean
November 17, 2014
This is the fourth in a series by Luke Waggoner looking at Tunisia’s main political parties – Part I: Al Joumhouri,... Read More
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Luke Waggoner

Resident Program Officer, Tunisia
November 17, 2014
I entered the house through the kitchen door.  Immediately the aromas of couscous filled my palate and rested there in pleasant anticipation of the feast that awaited in the next room.   The mother of the house who doubles as chef de cuisine, greeted me warmly and beckoned me to the... Read More
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Leo Siebert

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division
November 17, 2014
Most of my friends and colleagues would say that revolutions are political.  They involve repressive parties and movements and institutions that cannot withstand demands for change and therefore either lash out against their own people or crumble and fade away into the darkness from which... Read More
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Jan Surotchak

Regional Director, Europe
November 17, 2014
According to a survey of over 3,200 women ex-prisoners in Indonesia, nearly 92 percent of those surveyed said that they did not feel trusted by their communities and struggled to get a new job following their release from prison.   This not only increases chances of recidivism, but also has... Read More
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Theodore Wilhite

Assistant Program Officer, Asia Division
November 15, 2014
On November 19, the U.S. House of Representatives will honor President Václav Havel by dedicating his bust, which will be on display in the House of Representatives wing of the United States Capitol.  It will later join Winston Churchill, Lajos Kossuth, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington on... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications

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