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August 22, 2018
The International Republican Institute (IRI) was present for the off-cycle gubernatorial elections on July 14, 2018 in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The trip was meant to inform the findings of a pre-election assessment mission conducted jointly with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) from July 11-20... Read More
May 11, 2018
When IRI contacted me about returning to Timor-Leste to be a long-term observer (LTO) for the 2018 parliamentary elections, I jumped.  Occupying the... Read More
May 02, 2018
Like many young adults who begin their post-undergrad job search at the ripe age of 22, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world. I decided that democracy promotion was my passion. As I developed my professional path, I knew I wanted to begin my career at an organization that encouraged... 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
October 08, 2016
On October 8, Georgians will go to the polls to elect their parliament members. In many countries around the world, elections can be trigger points for violence.  Citizens who feel alienated or disenfranchised, or simply cheated on, may reduce their anger to violence, including physical harm... Read More
October 03, 2016
While the results of Jordan’s September 20, 2016 parliamentary elections are unlikely to have a major impact throughout the greater Middle East, the outcome could impact Jordan’s political future in significant ways by virtue of an increased presence of women and Islamists in parliament and the... Read More
September 15, 2016
As long-term election observers (LTOs) for IRI and NDI’s joint mission to monitor Jordan’s September 20 parliamentary elections, my partner Dina Sadek and I have covered a lot of miles in the past five weeks conducting ongoing field visits to five governorates and two Bedouin districts in the... Read More
September 12, 2016
While all eyes in the U.S. are focused on the presidential election in November, the Kingdom of Jordan is set to hold parliamentary elections on September 20, 2016. Jordan’s King Abdullah II dissolved parliament shortly before the end of its four-year term in May, necessitating elections within... Read More
July 29, 2016
Election Day, especially in a country that is barely more than a decade from its democratic transition, and only four years removed from its first peaceful transfer of power, is always a crucial test of a political system’s resiliency.  In Georgia, that first peaceful transfer of power... Read More
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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