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International Republican Institute Announces Selection of Next President

August 2, 2017

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator John McCain, chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), announced that Daniel Twining, counselor at the German Marshall Fund (GMF), has been selected to succeed Mark Green as President of the organization upon Green’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

“Dan Twining is a proven leader who brings a wealth of experience in foreign policy and international security to IRI. I’m confident that Dan will effectively carry out IRI’s mission of advancing freedom and democracy around the world,” said Senator McCain.

Mark Green was nominated by President Trump to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. He has been approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is awaiting final confirmation by the Senate.

Prior to being named counselor at GMF, Twining served as director of the Asia Program and senior fellow for Asia. He is an adviser to the United States National Intelligence Council and served on the U.S. Secretary of State’s policy planning staff from 2007-09. In addition, Twining was a faculty instructor associated with the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, and an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University.

Twining was raised in Southeast Asia and Africa and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, and a masters and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He began his work in Washington as an intern at IRI.

IRI Board Member Randy Scheunemann headed the search committee for the new president and commented on the search process, “The search committee had an array of exceptional candidates to consider, demonstrating that the desire to promote democracy and freedom remains as strong today as when President Ronald Reagan laid out his vision in the historic 1982 Westminster speech. Dan Twining stood out as an individual with an exceptional background, broad experience and unbridled enthusiasm for the mission of IRI.”

IRI has worked in more than 100 countries in advancing democracy worldwide since its inception in 1983, and has a presence in nearly 80 countries.