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The International Republican Institute (IRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ...

Since its founding in 1983, IRI's stated mission has been to expand freedom throughout the world by teaching and assisting with political party and candidate development, good governance practices, civil society development, civic education, women’s and youth leadership development, electoral reform and election monitoring, and political expression in closed societies. Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...



IRI works closely with the United States State Department, the United States Agency for International Development, the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and International Foundation for Election Systems. The majority of its funding comes from the United States federal government. The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the Cabinet-level foreign affairs agency of the United States government, equivalent to foreign ministries in other countries. ... USAID logo The United States Agency for International Development (or USAID) is the U.S. government organization responsible for most non-military foreign aid. ... The National Endowment for Democracy, or NED, is a U.S. non-profit organization that was founded in 1983, purportedly to help train people in democracy and manage money grants from the U.S. Congress to that effect. ... The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDIIA), a group established by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to channel grants for democracy-building activities in third world nations. ... IFES(formerly known as the International Foundation for Election Systems) is an international, non-profit, Washington, DC-based organization that supports the building of democratic societies. Founded in 1987, IFES has 200 employees with field offices in more than 21 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. ... This article describes the government of the United States. ...

IRI maintains offices around the world and conducts programs in Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, East Timor, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somaliland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, West Bank and Gaza, and Zimbabwe. Anthem Oj, svijetla majska zoro Oh, Bright Dawn of May Montenegro() on the European continent()  —  [] Capital (and largest city) Podgorica Official languages Serbian (Ijekavian dialect)1 Government Republic  -  President Filip Vujanović  -  Prime Minister Željko Å turanović Independence due to the dissolution of Serbia and Montenegro   -  Declared June 3, 2006   -  Recognized June... Anthem Serbia() on the European continent() Capital (and largest city) Belgrade Official languages Serbian language 1 Recognised regional languages Hungarian, Croatian, Slovak, Romanian, Rusyn 2 Albanian 3 Government Semi-presidential republic  -  President Boris Tadić  -  Prime Minister Vojislav KoÅ¡tunica Establishment  -  Formation 8th century   -  First unified state c. ... Motto لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله  (Arabic) Lā ilāhā illā-llāhu; muhammadun rasÅ«lu-llāhi  (transliteration) There is no God but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah And also : Justice, Peace, Freedom, Democracy and Success for All Anthem Saamo ku waar Capital Hargeisa (1941-1960) (1991 - present) Official languages Somali and... Not to be confused with the Spanish name Garza or the Egyptian town of Giza. ...

The staff and board of directors of the IRI include many prominent Republicans, most of whom are involved in various capacities in foreign policy or international business. The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...


The International Republican Institute (IRI) was founded in 1983, after President Ronald Reagan's 1982 speech before the British Parliament in Westminster in which he proposed a broad objective of helping countries build the infrastructure of democracy. Quoting the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he stated: "we must be staunch in our conviction that freedom is not the sole prerogative of a lucky few but the inalienable and universal right of all human beings." Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981 – 1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967 – 1975). ... The Houses of Parliament, as seen over Westminster Bridge The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories. ... Westminster is a district within the City of Westminster in London. ... Bold text Eleanor Roosevelt with the Spanish version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ...

The Westminster speech led to the establishment of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) by Congress in 1983. The NED is a mechanism that channels congressional funds to the four institutes: the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS), and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). These organizations provide technical assistance to aspiring democrats worldwide. The National Endowment for Democracy, or NED, is a U.S. non-profit organization that was founded in 1983, purportedly to help train people in democracy and manage money grants from the U.S. Congress to that effect. ... The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDIIA), a group established by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to channel grants for democracy-building activities in third world nations. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...

In its infancy, IRI focused on planting the seeds of democratic institutions and processes in Latin America. Since the end of the Cold War, IRI has broadened its reach to support democracy around the globe. IRI has conducted programs in more than 100 countries and is currently active in more than 65 countries. Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ...

IRI's president, Lorne Craner, assumed leadership on August 2, 2004. From 2001 to 2004, Craner served as Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State Department. Craner previously served as IRI's president from 1995 to 2001. Lorne Craner is president of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a Washington, D.C.-based United States non-profit organization involved in the support of democracy in countries around the world. ...

IRI Board of Directors and Officers

Board of Directors

John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is an American politician, currently the Republican senior U.S. Senator from Arizona. ... John William Middendorf II (born September 22, 1924) was a Republican United States diplomat. ... David Timothy Dreier (born July 5, 1952), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since January 1981, representing the Californias 26th congressional district (map). ... Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger (born August 1, 1930), is an American statesman and diplomat who served as The United States Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush. ... Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr. ... This article is about James Garner, a politician from New York. ... Charles Timothy Chuck Hagel (born October 4, 1946) is the senior United States Senator from Nebraska. ... Cheryl Feldman Halpern is the chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). ... James Thomas Jim Kolbe (born June 28, 1942) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, having served since 1985. ... Randy Scheunemann was Trent Lotts National Security Aide and is an advisor to Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq. ... Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft KBE (born March 19, 1925 in Ogden, Utah), USAF (Ret. ...


  • Lorne Craner, President
  • Judy Van Rest, Executive Vice President
  • Georges A. Fauriol, Senior Vice President
  • Elizabeth Dugan, Vice President for Programs
  • Harold W. Collamer, Chief Operations Officer
  • Sonya Vekstein, Chief Financial Officer
  • Thomas Barba, General Counsel


External links

  • International Republican Institute official site

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Right Web | Profile | International Republican Institute (2267 words)
The International Republican Institute (IRI) is one of the core institutional vehicles of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Cold War-era organization created by the Reagan administration to push democratization efforts and roll back Soviet influence around the world.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain serves as IRI chairman, and Lorne Craner, the former assistant secretary of state for democracy and human rights and labor in the George W. Bush administration, is IRI president.
Designed as a bipartisan institution, NED channels U.S. government funding through four core grantees: IRI, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDIIA), Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Free Trade Union Institute—the AFL-CIO's international operations institute that is currently known as the American Center for International Labor Solidarity.
International Republican Institute: pre-election assessment, January 1993 (6) (702 words)
Insofar as the election is carried out in an atmosphere of openness, is free of intimidation, conforms with basic international standards of democratic practice, and the general population is engaged in the political process, this election process will contribute to the establishment and development of a democratic system of government in Yemen.
While most of the parties which have arisen are neither clearly viable nor democratic, several of the stronger parties are learning and incorporating a more democratic methodology and the less viable parties will not be able to survive in the highly competitive environment which has developed.
Lastly, the international recognition of Yemen's status of liberalization, as embodied or expressed during and following the election, will have an effect on the future development and prioritization of continued progress in democratization.
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