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May 14, 2019
Democracy is not always flashy. Nor is it intended to be. For a legislature, one of the most vital functions is found in the committee hearing room. Public hearings provide citizens an opportunity to speak directly to policymakers about matters that are important to them. They offer... Read More
April 17, 2019
Since December 2018, the Tunisian parliament passed the 2019 state budget, voted for a new president of the Independent High Electoral Commission (ISIE), and the ISIE has established the 2019 electoral calendar. However,... Read More
July 25, 2017
I visited Timor-Leste twice during the late years of Indonesian occupation, in both 1995 and 1998, witnessing the omnipresent oppression back then, ultimately making Timor-Leste a part of my life. In 1999, I observed the referendum, still recalling the helplessness of September 6, 1999, being... 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
March 24, 2015
Earlier this month the International Republican Institute (IRI) in conjunction with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) celebrated women's leadership from across Kenya at an event supported by the United... Read More
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John G. Tomaszewski

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, AFRICA