Innovating to Support Democratic Transitions

Join IRI to discuss what the United States and allies can do – more, and differently – to support peaceful political transitions.

International Republican Institute 1225 I Street Northwest #800 Washington, DC 20005 March 1, 2023 9:30am – 11:00am

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.


Scott Busby

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department Of State

Rosarie Tucci

Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, Usaid


Aymen Dawi

Co-Founder, Sudan Research and Consultancy Group


Director for Democracy, Rights, and Governance (DRG) Technical Leadership

Ambassador Jatzel Roman

Executive Vice President, Center for Public Policy Analysis (Capp)

Behnam Taleblu

Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies


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