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August 31, 2015
The Freedom Award is the International Republican Institute’s highest honor, and it singles out those leaders who are making the greatest contributions to democracy and human liberty.  For example, we’ve honored U.S. presidents like Ronald Reagan and George H... Read More
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Mark Green

August 30, 2015
On August 30, 1999, Timor-Leste (then called East Timor) went to the polls to answer this question: “Do you accept the proposed special autonomy for East Timor within the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia?”  The overwhelming rejection of this option – 78.5 percent of voters said no... Read More
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Johanna Kao

Senior Regional Advisor, Asia Division
August 25, 2015
  On August 17, 2015, Sri Lanka went to the polls for its historic parliamentary election, with a voter turnout reaching approximately 70 percent . For the first time in over ten years, the election atmosphere was different; free from the political, ethnic and religious tensions that have... Read More
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Jack Myint

Intern, Asia Division
August 24, 2015
The above title is the name of Ukraine’s national anthem and a fitting reminder of the danger the country finds itself in today, August 24, Independence Day.   The anthem’s title sounds pessimistic to non-Ukrainians, but the lyrics are actually positive: Our enemies will vanish like dew in... Read More
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Tom Garrett

Vice President for Programs
August 21, 2015
With last Wednesday’s announcement of the 2015 winners of the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future grants, IRI is excited to kick-start the second year of partnering... Read More
August 20, 2015
July 22-24, Erika Veberyte, Senior Advisor to the President, and I led a delegation of civil society representatives from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Russia, and Serbia to the Community of Democracies (CD) VIII Ministerial Conference hosted by the Government of El Salvador. Established 15 years... Read More
August 19, 2015
From July 19 to August 4 Special Envoy Thomas Perriello’s first official visit as the new U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa brought him to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.   Following his tour of the region, he traveled to Paris and... Read More
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Julie Guillaume

Program Assistant, Africa Division
August 19, 2015
In November 1975, the death of a dictator was quickly followed by a nearly seamless transition to constitutional monarchy in Spain. The “Spanish model” may yet prove a wonderful example for emerging democracies the world over. Prior to World War II, the Spanish Civil War broke out between the... Read More
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Ben Schumann

Intern, Europe Division
August 12, 2015
You may have seen images of people cleaning up streets, painting walls, and planting trees on IRI’s social media feeds and wondered why an organization dedicated to democracy promotion is involved in beautification and environmental campaigns. The answer is that these activities go beyond making... Read More
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Darren Cunningham

Senior Program Associate, Middle East and North Africa Division
August 12, 2015
Less than a month remains before Guatemala’s September 6 general elections with a wave of regular protests on the heels of multiple high level corruption investigations.  Against this backdrop, the IRI Central America team is implementing trainings for journalists and grassroots groups across... Read More
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Sara Danish

Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean Division