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Who We Are


“The objective I propose is quite simple to state: to foster the infrastructure of democracy, the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities, which allows a people to choose their own way to develop their own culture, to reconcile their own differences through peaceful means."

President Ronald Reagan
Westminster Speech
June 8, 1982
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In his historic speech, President Reagan set America on a course of assisting people around the world who want freedom and democracy.  Congress responded in 1983, creating the National Endowment for Democracy to support aspiring democrats worldwide. Four nonprofit, nonpartisan democracy institutes were formed to carry out this work – IRI, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Center for International Private Enterprise and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity

Mission Statement
“A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the International Republican Institute advances freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.”


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