July 2015

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July 27, 2015
In the dynamic city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, I witnessed one of democracy's special moments--a moment where past and present met up and brought a gentle smile to two men who helped bring democracy to this land. The backdrop was the launch of a remarkable book of photos and personal stories called... Read More
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Mark Green

President
July 26, 2015
I am very pleased to honor our dearest colleague Julija. For the Past 25 years, I have served as a member of the Board of Directors of IRI. During that time I have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know and witness the bravery of being a small-d-democrat. You see, in the world most of us in... Read More
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Peter Madigan

Board of Directors
July 24, 2015
In Georgia the CEPPS partners sometimes joke our first cooperation started with Thanksgiving festivities in 2009, but in looking back we really have more impressive collaboration.  Our first joint effort was with NDI in 2010 ahead of local elections.  At that time IRI was working to with... Read More
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Andrea Keerbs

Resident Country Director, Georgia
July 20, 2015
The Community of Democracies (CD) is turning 15 years old this year.  Global intergovernmental coalition of states devoted to the ideas of democracy was launched in 2000 in Warsaw, Poland.  A common initiative of former U.S. Secretary... Read More
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Erika Veberyte

Senior Advisor to the President for International and Women’s Organizations
July 17, 2015
Today is Nelson Mandela Day, a celebration of the former South African President's 97th birthday and legacy. As a leader in South Africa’s liberation struggle and its first post-apartheid president, he will be forever remembered as one of the world’s greatest advocates for democracy. Democracy is... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
July 15, 2015
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is currently debating four governance laws vital to the advancement of the country’s democracy. The draft laws on Municipalities, Decentralization, Political Parties, and Electoral Systems are all in various stages of their respective development processes. The... Read More
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Ramsey Day

Resident Country Director, Jordan
July 14, 2015
Pour les Français comme pour les Américains, c’est en juillet que l’on célèbre la lutte pour la liberté. Non pas à cause de l’été ou de l’arrivée des vacances scolaires (quoique ce soit de plus en plus le cas), mais parce que nous fêtons à seulement 10 jours d’intervalles les actes fondateurs de la... Read More
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Thibault Muzergues

Resident Program Director, Europe Division
July 14, 2015
For Frenchmen, as for Americans, July is the month of freedom.  Not because schools close and the weather incites us to go out, but because our two national days, of equal meaning for the triumph of liberty, occur within only a ten-day interval:  America celebrates its revolution on the... Read More
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Thibault Muzergues

Resident Program Director, Europe Division
July 13, 2015
Today, Mark Green testified before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa regarding Tunisia's democratic transition. Mark’s statement to the committee (see below) focused on our work in Tunisia, specifically how democracy &... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
July 10, 2015
According to a Sudanese proverb, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito”.  The mosquito--crafty, persistent, and oftentimes undetected--has a unique ability to surprise its most formidable opponents.    As South Sudan... Read More
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Rebecca Schaefer

Intern, Africa Division

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