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March 2015

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March 31, 2015
Standing proud at five-foot-one, to the untrained eye, Ms. Linda Eang may not appear an imposing figure.  It is a mistake that has cost her debate opponents dearly. With an ear trained to listen and mind quick to formulate a well-laid out argument, Linda Eang has earned her reputation as a... Read More
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Theodore Wilhite

Assistant Program Officer, Asia Division
March 31, 2015
In Burma, recent reforms have stimulated a surge in social and political activity, which might lead one to believe that civil society fell from the sky when liberalization began in 2011.  In fact, even under military rule religious and community-based organizations led aid efforts in conflict... Read More
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Josh Hills

Resident Director of Political Party Development, Burma
March 31, 2015
During the past week, I had the opportunity to host IRI’s President Mark Green on his first visit to Burma.  The purpose of the visit was to provide Mark an opportunity to gain insight on the progress of current reform process from stakeholders and their perceptions of the transition process,... Read More
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Steve Cima

Resident Country Director, Burma
March 30, 2015
During the last week of February 2015, IRI assembled a group of local elected officials from four cities in Ukraine, each representing a different region of the country, and brought them to Gdansk, Poland for a one week study tour in local governance reform and innovation.  This tour was the... Read More
March 30, 2015
In recent years, news out of the “Northern Triangle” of Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) rarely gives cause for celebration. Drug trafficking, gang murders, and political strife splash across the bright front pages of local tabloids. After decades of conflict and corruption,... Read More
March 30, 2015
Today, we announced the findings of our delegation observing Nigeria’s elections.  The delegation said, “The process was defined by the introduction of new technology to combat voter fraud, including a permanent voter card (PVC) and card reader to accredit voters.  And while there were... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
March 28, 2015
Today was an important day for Nigeria and we were honored to be a part of the process.  While results will not be known for at least a few days, here are some sites from Abuja.   Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
March 27, 2015
March, a historic month in Lebanese history, should push Lebanese citizens and government officials to reflect on the country’s current challenges and find political compromise. The Cedar Revolution, sparked by the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on February 14, 2005, peacefully forced... Read More
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Jenna Consigli

Program Assistant, Middle East and North Africa Division
March 27, 2015
Hailing from a country renowned for violent elections, I have experienced first-hand their horrors. From my childhood, I remember the abduction of one of my father’s polling agents, Patrick Nabanyama, during the Zimbabwe 2000 elections, never to be seen again. During Zimbabwe’s 2008 elections, I... Read More
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Douglas Coltart

Uhuru Fellow, Africa Division
March 27, 2015
It has been a busy few days here in Nigeria as the country, and our observers, prepare for tomorrow’s elections.  Not only will the country elect its next president, but they will also elect the members of the National Assembly. On Thursday, our teams deployed throughout the country to have... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications

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