Innovating to Support Democratic Transitions

1 March 2023  09:30 - 11:00

In Person Event | Organised by IRI | Held in United States in English
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During the Biden administration’s second Summit for Democracy, policymakers will take stock of progress made toward 2022 Summit commitments and chart a path for addressing today’s most pressing challenges. Among the priorities should be how the United States and allies can support innovative strategies that enable peaceful and democratic political transitions. Political transitions can offer a range of risks and opportunities—competition over political power at a time of great uncertainty, weakened central authority, and destabilized relationships can heighten the possibility that political differences will escalate into violence.

Having supported transitions for decades, how are the United States government, other allies and the DRG community more broadly innovating – with foreign assistance – to support movements pressing for change today? Join us as we hear from senior U.S. officials on key policy initiatives aimed at promoting peaceful, democratic openings; learn about new innovative resources for supporting democratic transitions in a present-day context; and hear from experts from the Dominican Republic, Iran, and Sudan on how to consolidate democratic gains in transitional contexts.

The event will be held on March 1st, 2023 at the IRI Headquarters, 1225 I St. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC, 20005 from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM.

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Welcome remarks by Dan Twining, President, International Republican Institute (IRI)

Keynote address by Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Panel Discussion:

Aymen Dawi, Co-founder, Sudan Research and Consultancy Group

Katya Rimkunas, Director, Democracy, Rights and Governance, Technical Leadership, IRI

Ambassador Jatzel Roman, Executive Vice President, Center for Public Policy Analysis, Dominican Republic

Moderated by Patrick Quirk, Vice President for Strategy, Innovation, and Impact, IRI