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August 23, 2016
Shan State proved to be an anomaly in Burma’s 2015 election. In most of the country Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) dominated, but the results in Burma’s largest state were exceptional in scale and diversity.  Over 10 political parties won at least one seat in the Shan... Read More
March 30, 2016
Today, U Htin Kyaw was sworn in as Burma’s new President.  Seen in the context of Burma’s recent history, today’s ceremony holds great significance.  U Htin Kyaw will be Burma’s first civilian president since 1962.  The leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD)... Read More
March 02, 2016
Imagine you are a student at a University studying political science – you are so excited for your new studies – you finally found your passion – you want to make the world a better place and you want to do this by getting involved in politics, by shaping and creating public policy for the common... Read More
February 01, 2016
Today Burma embarks on a new chapter in its transition, as a newly elected parliament convenes just months after what has been widely viewed as the most credible election in generations.  The opposition’s resounding victory has been accepted by the ruling establishment, and the swearing in of... Read More
December 08, 2015
The November 8 elections in Burma have ushered in a number of significant changes to country’s political landscape. The National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi will hold the majority seats in both houses of the national parliament giving it the power to choose the next president.... Read More
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Steve Cima

Resident Country Director, Burma
November 24, 2015
Monday afternoon, November 9, in the lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon, Burma. It was the day following Election Day. The day after millions of citizens had overcome long lines and sweltering heat to cast their votes in the country’s historic elections. Every one of us there was a western... Read More
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Mark Green

President
November 12, 2015
Just over five years ago, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in Rangoon, Burma.  That act was seen as the beginning of a series of historic moves made by Burma’s newly installed government to gradually open the country and start a process towards peacemaking, institutional... Read More
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Mark Green

President
November 07, 2015
IRI supports a diverse group of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Burma as part of its Civic Education Network (CEN).  In just over two years, IRI’s CEN partners have conducted 219 outreach events, reaching more than 134,000 citizens in all 14 states and regions of the country.  This week, we... Read More
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Johanna Kao

Senior Regional Advisor, Asia Division
November 01, 2015
As part of IRI's CEPPS program in Burma, we have provided technical training on voter education to civil society organizations (CSOs) across the country.  As many on this forum can appreciate, local... Read More
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Johanna Kao

Senior Regional Advisor, Asia Division
October 30, 2015
With more than 30 years of IRI’s work in promoting democracy around the world, we have witnessed the effect of a long-term engagement with and continued assistance to democratic movements.  In fact, the long-term engagement is what makes IRI uniquely qualified to provide the most relevant... Read More
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Erika Veberyte

Senior Advisor to the President for International and Women’s Organizations

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