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April 11, 2019
As Guatemala approaches general elections on June 16, 2019, the country is facing impressive challenges. In addition to the offices of President and Vice President, Guatemalan voters will select 158 deputies to the national assembly and 340 mayors. This year is the first time that Guatemala’s... Read More
April 24, 2018
Research and Development is a semi-regular feature on Democracy Speaks that highlights cutting edge, peer-reviewed research that is particularly relevant for Democracy, Human... Read More
June 09, 2017
Tanzania, the largest nation in the East African Community, is an incredibly diverse country. It is home to approximately 125 different ethnic groups, large Christian and Muslim communities and more than 100 spoken languages. Tanzania is also an incredibly youthful country, with majority of the... Read More
November 21, 2016
Last week The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) in partnership with Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) hosted the “Women, Peace & Security Conference” in Belfast, Northern Ireland. WDN, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year,... Read More
September 26, 2016
Last week was the celebration of the International Day of Peace, with various demonstrations of good intent and symbolic gestures throughout the world, including in New York City as world leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.   Likewise, it is a good time to look... Read More
September 21, 2016
Ghana has been praised over the years for its stability, development and democratic elections. Since the start of its Fourth Republic in 1993, Ghana has experienced three presidential transitions, including transitioning peacefully from one party to another. But there is concern that the 2016... Read More
October 29, 2015
IRI is thrilled to announce South Sudan Democratic Engagement, Monitoring and Observation Programme (SSuDEMOP) as the recipient of the Rich Williamson Women of Peace Initiative in South Sudan and Sudan.  The initiative, which supports peace... Read More
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Leanne Blanchette

Senior Assistant Program Officer, Africa Division
October 01, 2015
October 2 will mark exactly 17 years since the dark day when the leader of Mongolia’s democracy movement, Sanjaasuren Zorig, was brutally killed at his home on October 2, 1998.  He was then 36 years old, three times elected Member of Parliament and Minister of Infrastructure. Zorig’s... Read More
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Sanjaasuren Bayaraa

Director and Advisor of IRI’s Mongolia office (1998-2003) and Mongolia’s Ambassador to India (2012-2015)
June 11, 2015
The Long Peace was a term developed by the great Yale scholar John Gaddis to describe the post-World War Two global paradigm by which great powers no longer engaged in total war.  I was reminded of this phrase by a recent video I saw on Youtube called The Fallen of World War II.  I strongly... Read More
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Jeffrey Phillips

Director of Congressional and Government Relations