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January 17, 2017
On January 17, we launched "Global", IRI’s new podcast. If you have not heard the first episode highlighting Russia, check it out HERE. If you have already downloaded “Global”, thank you for listening!  Our inaugural episode featured Senator... Read More
December 20, 2016
For several years now, the German federal and state security services have managed to just outpace a number of planned terrorist attacks in the country.  Breaking up plot after plot just before it could be carried out, they had kept Germany’s citizens protected from the kinds of large-scale,... Read More
September 28, 2016
In our world, change is a constant and yet it is one of the most difficult thing to which people can adapt.  This holds true in the democracy and governance sphere. For countries of all varieties, supporters of democratic progress must be able to navigate change, amid competing factions,... Read More
September 26, 2016
Much has been written about the recent elections for the Russian State Duma, which took place Septemeber the 18th.  Most post-election analysis has centered on the ruling United Russia party dominating the results, noting that the party acquired enough seats for a constitutional majority,... Read More
August 17, 2016
As the West momentarily turned its attention to the Rio Olympics and the latest developments in the U.S. presidential campaign, tensions between Ukraine and Russia dramatically increased over the last week. On Wednesday, August 10, Russia accused Ukrainian special forces of launching a planned “... Read More
April 26, 2016
I recently heard Russian democratic activist Vladimir Kara-Murza speak movingly to an American audience about leadership, human freedom and the West’s duty towards those struggling to taste democracy. It wasn’t my first time with him. In September 2015, an enfeebled Kara-Murza appeared at IRI’s... Read More
April 06, 2016
It comes as no surprise that the April 6 semi-binding referendum in The Netherlands returned an overwhelming “no” vote on the Association Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Ukraine – polls have suggested this outcome from the outset.  It is nonetheless immensely disappointing that... Read More
December 28, 2015
International attention to Russia has been primarily focused upon President Putin’s annexation and invasion of Eastern Ukraine over the past 18 months, and more recently on his military moves in Syria. Notwithstanding Russia’s international ambitions, it would be a mistake not to peruse more... Read More
December 21, 2015
Among those of us who work on the Russia program at IRI, we often explain to people not familiar with our line of work but also within the Institute, that we are working hard to promote democratic ideals and support a more pluralistic society in a country with 11 time zones and a nuclear arsenal.... Read More
November 15, 2015
The attacks in Paris on Friday were designed by their perpetrators to accomplish a number of goals, some tactical and some more strategic.  Tactically, of course, they achieved the most basic objective:  to kill randomly as many innocent people as they could, people simply having dinner... Read More
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Jan Surotchak

Regional Director, Europe

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