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December 2014

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December 29, 2014
After my Democracy Speaks blog on the 25th anniversary of the outbreak of the Velvet Revolution appeared last month, I took a bit of ribbing from friends and colleagues for having ascribed the... Read More
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Jan Surotchak

Regional Director, Europe
December 24, 2014
November 25 was International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which opened 16 days of activism against gender based violence. Violence against women is a global problem, which doesn’t have any geographic, ethnic or religious borders, and this is why the whole world is trying to... Read More
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Nino Dolidze

Program Assistant, Eurasia Division
December 22, 2014
Today was the conclusion of IRI’s election observation mission in Tunisia.  This final round of the presidential elections was the culmination of three elections, which IRI observed –... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
December 21, 2014
It has been a busy day for our teams observing the election in Tunisia and tomorrow we will have a press conference where we will deliver our preliminary findings.  For now here are some sites from the day.   Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
December 20, 2014
With much focus, and concern, put on the low youth turnout in Tunisia’s elections (see op-ed on ForeignPolicy.com by IRI president Mark Green), IRI has brought young leaders in European and U.S. politics to be a part of... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
December 19, 2014
This week, we remember the event that began what came to be known as the Arab Spring. On December 17 Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze in the ultimate act of anguished frustration, an act of desperation that inspired a revolution that began and perhaps ended in Tunisia. I am excited to take part... Read More
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David Sands

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
December 18, 2014
Our delegates have arrived and we completed a full day of briefings in Tunis today.  We had an update on the political situation, a briefing on voting procedures, we heard from the campaigns of both candidates Moncef Marzouki and Beji Caid Essebi, and we got some good tips and tools on how to... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
December 17, 2014
The selection of the National Assembly’s president and two vice-presidents on December 4, was welcomed by Tunisian political parties and civil society organizations (CSOs) forecasting a consensual political future. Similar to the first round of the presidential election, the Ennahda political party... Read More
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Fernanda Dâmaso

Long Term Observer, Djerba Island, Tunisia
December 17, 2014
Negotiators at the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-sponsored South Sudanese peace talks are scheduled to resume meeting on December 17.  The task before them looms large, and to date, there has been little progress in bringing the two sides closer together.  Factions... Read More
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Gretchen Birkle

Director, Generation Democracy
December 15, 2014
On Wednesday, December 10, 11 days before the final round of the presidential election, Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission held its opening ceremony.   This ceremony signified the commencement of another step in Tunisia’s sensitive and complex endeavor to account for decades of state... Read More
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Leo Siebert

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division

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