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June 2015

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June 30, 2015
Sitting in the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s building in Berlin, Germany, at the Women’s Political Leadership Academy, you cannot help but think of the grounds it stands on.  The building, along with many others, is built on the “death zone,” which divided Berlin into East and West for almost... Read More
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Erika Veberyte

Senior Advisor to the President for International and Women’s Organizations
June 26, 2015
I have known Fayaz Taher for some time now. Since high school, in fact. In a number of conversations over the course of the past few months, I’ve become increasingly aware of his business acumen and his passion for Bangladesh, a country that is in the midst of a drawn-out bout of political... Read More
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Ruzan Sarwar

Program Officer, Asia Division
June 25, 2015
Today concluded the last day of IRI’s two-day Smart Governance Conference in Miami, “How Smart Governance is Transforming Local Government in the Americas,” which gathered public and private sector representatives from the region, civil society organizations and technology and governance... Read More
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Christian González

Program Assistant, Latin America and the Caribbean Division
June 24, 2015
Today concluded the first day of IRI’s two-day Smart Governance Conference in Miami, “How Smart Governance is Transforming Local Government in the Americas.” The event gathered public and private sector representatives from the region, civil society organizations and technology and governance... Read More
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Christian González

Program Assistant, Latin America and the Caribbean Division
June 22, 2015
Following three-years of Smart Governance programming with municipalities in Latin America, IRI is hosting a conference, “How Smart Governance is Transforming Local Government in the Americas,” in Miami, Florida June 23-24 at Miami Dade College.  The event will bring together public and... Read More
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Christian González

Program Assistant, Latin America and the Caribbean Division
June 22, 2015
On June 15 I had the pleasure of attending the US-ASEAN Business Council’s Annual Gala in Washington, DC.  The event was attended by a number of businesses and Asia experts in DC, including Keynote speakers Antony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State, and Representative Matthew Salmon, Chairman... Read More
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Derek Luyten

Regional Director, Asia Division
June 18, 2015
One year ago, Nadiya Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine, and then secretly conveyed against her will to Russia, where she was falsely accused in the deaths of two Russian journalists.   Over the... Read More
June 17, 2015
On June 12 Ambassador Dr. Alexandre Rondeli passed away at the age of 73.  But, anyone who knew Alex knows that the number 73 was very misleading. He had the knowledge of someone much older. And the spirit of someone much younger.  Alex Rondeli was an international relations scholar and... Read More
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Andrea Keerbs

Resident Country Director, Georgia
June 16, 2015
Pro-European parties competing in Moldova’s local elections Sunday made strong gains throughout the country, signaling local support for continued European integration. Despite declining polling numbers of several of the pro-European parties, and the large crowds drawn to recent anti-corruption... Read More
June 16, 2015
Recently, I had the chance to visit Kyiv to attend our first-ever Democratic Governance Conference and spend a few days getting to know some members of our team in Ukraine.  With an office in... Read More
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Katie LaRoque

Assistant Program Officer, Eurasia Division

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