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February 2015

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February 28, 2015
We mourn the passing of Boris Nemtsov, a Russian patriot and freedom fighter, who was gunned down Friday night within steps from the Moscow Kremlin and only two days before he was set to lead a massive opposition rally to protest Putin’s regime. I have worked with many political leaders from the... Read More
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Steve Nix

Director, Eurasia Division
February 27, 2015
IRI's chairman U.S. Senator John McCain released the following statement on the murder of Russian opposition leader and human rights activist Boris Nemtsov:   “I was devastated to learn of the murder in Moscow today of my friend Boris Nemtsov. My thoughts and prayers are with... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
February 27, 2015
In recent weeks, Bangladesh has been rocked by a wave of politically inspired violence organized by opponents of the government. The Bengali word to describe this violence, hartal, has come to signify mass protest and civil disobedience in Bangladesh.  The word itself, however, originates... Read More
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Dimitar Stojkov

Resident Country Director, Bangladesh
February 27, 2015
Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Head Quarters of the British Conservative Party in London. I was curious to visit their operations as they gear up for the upcoming elections. The British Parliamentary elections will be held this May. I started to think about the differences in... Read More
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Andrea Keerbs

Resident Country Director, Georgia
February 25, 2015
When Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel spoke before a joint session of the United States Congress on February 21, 1990, there was none of the opposition that we see today about a similar speech planned for next week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. No, in 1990 there was no debate... Read More
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Jan Surotchak

Regional Director, Europe
February 24, 2015
Over the past year in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city, we have witnessed a stark improvement in local governance, which poses a question – does Osh have the potential to become an oasis of democracy in Central Asia?  During this time, considering citizen input and feedback became... Read More
February 24, 2015
Elles étaient toutes là; elles resteront presque toutes, trois jours durant. Qui en taxi, qui en djakarta, qui en bus, qui même à pied, elles avaient répondu à l'invitation.  Le papier disait, venez à un atelier de formation sur le leadership des femmes. Venez montrer que vous, les femmes,... Read More
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Nicolas Teindas

Resident Country Director, Mali
February 24, 2015
Two weeks ago, IRI launched activities for its new, first-ever program in Niger. We held a three-day training of trainers workshop on the topic of leadership and communication skills for 32 participants, including 19 women political party leaders and 13 civil society activists. Despite... Read More
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Roger Mitchell

Program Assistant, Africa Division
February 13, 2015
April 10 and 11, the Summit of the Americas will convene for the seventh time since the high level meetings began in 1994.  This year, as in the last two Summits, there will be a forum for representatives of independent civil society organizations to address the assembled presidents.  So... Read More
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Stephen Johnson

Division Director, Latin American and the Caribbean
February 13, 2015
Durante el 10 y el 11 de abril, la Cumbre de las Américas se llevará a cabo por séptima vez desde su creación en 1994. Este año, tal como en las dos Cumbres anteriores, habrá un Foro destinado a los representantes de las organizaciones independientes de la sociedad civil que interactuarán con los... Read More
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Stephen Johnson

Division Director, Latin American and the Caribbean

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