January 2015

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January 30, 2015
There is a big debate among practitioners and academics about whether or not democracy is in decline.  Of the many theories supporting decline (which I do not subscribe to) is the perception of democracy’s inability to solve challenges associated with social integration, dysfunctional... Read More
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Bryan Sims

Program Officer, Africa Division
January 29, 2015
Despite constituting 51 percent of the population, women continue to be marginalized and underrepresented in elective offices at all levels of government in Nigeria.   And let us not forget that Nigeria has the largest population of any country on the African continent.  As a result of... Read More
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Ijeoma Pamela Ugwueze

Assistant Program Officer, Nigeria
January 28, 2015
I remember it vividly.  I awoke on April 14, 2014, in my hotel room in Abuja and turned on BBC News as I got ready to head into our office.  I was immediately jarred by the headlines – an explosion at a bus stop in the Abuja suburb of Nyanya had killed 71 and injured more than 124 others... Read More
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Carter Jones

Program Manager, Generation Democracy
January 27, 2015
Our Georgia team held a seminar for the youth wing of the Republican Party of Georgia on the topic of project writing and management. Participants were split into several small groups for practical writing exercises and listened to feedback from trainers. The seminar was lead by Nino... Read More
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Kailey Waring

Graphic Designer
January 27, 2015
The 2015 general elections will be the most intensely contested elections in Nigeria since the return to democracy in 1999.  The ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) had no serious opponent among the political parties in the past elections.  During previous elections opposition parties... Read More
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Robina Namusisi

Resident Country Director, Nigeria
January 26, 2015
“We have listened to the streets” were the words uttered by Senate President Leon Kengo wa Dondo on Friday January 23.   In a historic move, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Senate removed a controversial clause from a pending electoral law.  Article 8, as it is known, stipulated... Read More
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Leanne Blanchette

Senior Assistant Program Officer, Africa Division
January 23, 2015
A series of elections next month in Nigeria will test the country’s commitment to democracy.   Nigerians will go to the polls on February 14 to vote for their next president and national assembly members and on February 28 to elect governors and state house assemblies.  The discourse... Read More
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Gretchen Birkle

Director, Generation Democracy
January 23, 2015
While conflicts rage in Syria and Iraq alongside mounting security concerns in Lebanon, the pressure of this ring of fire threatens to implode the historically stable Kingdom of Jordan. A breakdown of security in... Read More
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Ramsey Day

Resident Country Director, Jordan
January 21, 2015
Summary of Remarks  Ambassador Mark Green President, International Republican Institute January 16, 2015 Heritage Foundation Thank you, Charlotte (Florance). It's an honor to be here at the ideas factory that is the Heritage Foundation. It’s a particular honor to appear as part of this... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
January 21, 2015
Tragically and unexpectedly, IRI employee Robert Cushing died on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The IRI team was shocked and saddened to learn of his passing.  Today we celebrate his contributions and his achievements, and we will miss him and his tireless commitment to building a better future... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs

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