January 2016

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January 29, 2016
El 19 de enero, el presidente hondureño Juan Orlando Hernández firmó un acuerdo con la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) para apoyar un cuerpo que investigará políticos, jueces y miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad in temas de corrupción e impunidad. Parecida a la CICIG, una entidad... Read More
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Stephen Johnson

Division Director, Latin American and the Caribbean
January 29, 2016
This week, I am traveling with a consultant to El Salvador to meet with the legislators who participated in IRI’s September 2015 Institute for Representative Government’s (IRG) exchange in Washington, D.C. and California. IRG is a non-profit, organization established by former members of the U.S.... Read More
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Katrina Negrouk

Global Initiatives Coordinator
January 28, 2016
As Russia attempts to increase its power and influence in Europe, most attention has rightly been paid to the military side of these efforts, notably the country’s aggressive intervention against Ukraine launched in 2014. However, focus should also be given to the expansion of Russian influence on... Read More
January 28, 2016
When the November 8, 2015 parliamentary elections in Croatia ended in a tie between the center-left Croatia is Growing Coalition led by now-former Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and the center-right Patriotic Coalition led by Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Chairman Tomislav Karamarko, it was... Read More
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Jan Surotchak

Regional Director, Europe
January 27, 2016
On January 24, the Portuguese people were called to vote for their next president, who holds an essentially figurehead role in Portugal’s politics (although he can dissolve parliament and nominate the prime minister).   Because of this rather non-partisan role, the campaign went quite... Read More
January 26, 2016
January 19, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández signed an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) to support a body to investigate politicians, judges and members of the security forces in matters of corruption and impunity.  Similar to the United Nations-backed entity... Read More
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Stephen Johnson

Division Director, Latin American and the Caribbean
January 24, 2016
I have never been to Times Square for New Year’s Eve, but that same electricity and euphoria is what Cairo felt like five years ago after the January 25, 2011, uprising. The demand for change that motivated my Egyptian friends and colleagues to demonstrate with enormous courage gave way to the... Read More
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Sam LaHood

Deputy Director, Asia Division
January 23, 2016
As many of my colleagues in the field can probably attest, the incredibly fast pace of our work overseas sometimes makes it easy to forget about the amazing communities that we actually live in.  The constant travel to the regions of Ukraine and the many hours of trainings, consultations and... Read More
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Michael Druckman

Resident Country Director, Ukraine
January 21, 2016
Uganda's national elections in February represent the greatest opportunity yet for youth to determine the future of their country. As one of the youngest countries in the world, the demographic numbers on Uganda’s youth are staggering. According to a... Read More
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Jacob Price

Program Associate, Africa Division
January 19, 2016
IRI took part in various inauguration events in Guatemala on Thursday, January 16. Apart from the swearing-in of President Jimmy Morales, these included the opening of the 2016-2020 legislative session, observing the swearing in of the 2016-2017 Congressional Board of Directors and annual state of... Read More

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