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IRI - Latin American Regional Study Mission: "Citizen Security, Political Stability and the Economy"

To address the growing concerns in the LAC region regarding citizen security, IRG is hosting a study mission for national legislators from Colombia, El Salvador and Panama for a two-week Latin American regional study mission in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California, with a focus on increasing citizen security as a means to increase democratic political stability, strengthen the economy and increase regional trade.

NDI/ECA: "From Protest to Politics: Effectively Engaging Civil Society in the Legislative Process"

From July 18-25, six newly elected members of the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) participated in a parliamentary study tour in Washington, D.C. and New York sponsored by ECA’s Professional Fellows Division and organized jointly by the Institute for Representative Government (IRG) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). The theme of the visit was “From Protest to Politics: Effectively Engaging Civil Society in the Legislative Process”. The six young MPs, four women and two men representing diverse parties and factions, met with U.S.

IRI: Study Tour for Georgian Parliamentarians

On September 21, 2014, a group of five Georgian parliamentarians began their study visit to the United States, organized by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the Institute for Representative Government (IRG).  The group included lawmakers from the Agrarian Affairs committee in parliament, including: Committee Chairman Gigla Agulashvili (Georgian Dream – Republicans), Revaz Shavlokashvili (Georgian Dream - Conservatives), Temuri Maisuradze (Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia), Omar Nishianidze (Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia), and Vaja Chitashvili (United National

IRI: Asia Regional Mission (Myanmar, Part 2)

In March 2014, the International Republican Institute (IRI) organized and conducted a follow-on workshop for four Southeast Asian parliamentarians to examine land rights and laws in Yangon/Rangoon, Myanmar/Burma.

NDI Regional Parliamentary Exchange: "Strengthening Economic Development and Women's Political Empowerment"

From February 22 to March 2, 2014, the Institute for Representative Government (IRG), in cooperation with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), organized a parliamentary exchange for 17 Members of Parliament from four Middle East and North African countries: Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia1. Women made up a majority of the delegation, and women’s political participation was an important theme throughout the program. Another overarching theme was how legislatures can support inclusive economic development.

While in Washington, the MPs met with a bipartisan group of members of Congress,

IRI Study Tour: Pakistan

Five current and former members of the Parliament of Pakistan were hosted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, CA, from November 10 – 21, 2013, as part of an Institute for Representative Government (IRG) study tour on “Best Practices in Economic and National Security Policy”.  The mission provided the parliamentarians an opportunity to meet with local, state and federal government agencies in the United States and to see first-hand how officials in the U.S. approach national security and economic policy.

While in Washington, the parliamentarians

IRI Study Tour: Peru

The International Republican Institute (IRI) brought eight members of Peru’s parliament, to the United States for a 13-day study mission.  The delegation visited Washington, DC, and Annapolis, MD to study how U.S. federal and state governments maintain high ethical standards, through legislative ethics frameworks and enforcement.  This study trip focused on best practices in developing and holding elected officials accountable for high ethical standards in public administration.

IRI has worked in Peru since 2001, and in 2008 began working directly with the Congress to improve transparency and

IRI Study Mission: Bosnia

On June 2, 2013 a group of six Bosnian parliamentarians started their study visit to the United States, organized by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the Institute for Representative Government (IRG).  The group included lawmakers from different levels of authority; two national-level members of parliament (MP): Senad Sepic (Party of Democratic Action, SDA) and Sasa Magazinovic (Social-Democratic Party), three entity-level MPs: Hafeza Sabljakovic (Democratic People’s Union), Predrag Kojovic (Our Party) and Diana Cekic (Party of Democratic Progress, PDP), as well as a local

NDI Study Mission Myanmar: "Promoting Responsive and Effective Government and Strengthening Democratic Institutions"

From June 9-17, 2013, the Institute for Representative Government (IRG), in cooperation with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), organized a program for a delegation of six members of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Parliament) of Myanmar. The delegation was led by His Excellency the Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw (“House of Representatives”), U Shwe Mann, who was visiting the U.S. for the first time. There was substantial interest and significant press coverage of the delegation’s visit, given the U.S. interest in the Myanmar transition, the Speaker’s current coordination with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the Speaker’s status as Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw, leader of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), and likely 2015 presidential candidate. Among others, the delegation met with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Dianne Feinstein, former Republican Presidential nominee Senator John McCain, Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and senior White House staff.

NDI Study Mission: Nigeria

From March 16 to 24, 2013, NDI hosted a delegation of five members from Nigeria’s National Assembly, including one senator and four members of the House of Representatives. This group was chosen based on considerations of committee leadership and membership, seniority, regional and religious diversity, and gender parity. These reform-minded legislators were nominated from the three opposition parties in addition to the ruling party.

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