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IRI Announces Lorne W. Craner Returns as President

July 1, 2004

Washington, DC – The Board of Directors of IRI is very pleased to announce that the Honorable Lorne W. Craner has been selected by a unanimous vote of the board to be the new President of IRI.  Secretary Craner is currently serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and served IRI previously as President from 1995 to 2001.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Senator John McCain, and all the board are delighted that Secretary Craner has agreed to return to the Institute he previously led with distinction.  He is, as ever, enthusiastic about leading IRI and working again with IRI's excellent staff in this critical moment in history for the promotion of democratic values and the rule of law.  Secretary Craner will assume the office of President of IRI on August 2.

IRI was created in 1983 as a response to a call by President Reagan to institutionalize democracy throughout the world.  IRI is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to advancing democracy, freedom, self-government and the rule of law worldwide.  IRI programs are nonpartisan and adhere to the fundamental American principles of individual freedom, equal opportunity and the entrepreneurial spirit.  IRI is working in more than 50 countries and territories in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.