James De Witt is IRI’s Program Director in Armenia, where he oversees programs which aim to strengthen strategic communications in the legislative and executive branches of government and institutionalize parliamentary oversight, accountability and constituent engagement mechanisms.

He has over 25 years of experience in democratic governance, having served in his early career as a member of staff in both chambers of the US Congress and the Texas Legislature. James has also served in key roles on several successful political campaigns and is well-versed in conflict analysis, having served as the OSCE’s chief political officer in North Macedonia and as political analyst and ceasefire monitor in eastern Ukraine. Prior to serving in his current capacity with IRI, James managed IRI programs in Mongolia and Indonesia. He holds a Master of Arts in Central and Eastern European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. James was granted a Fulbright Scholarship in Political Science for research he conducted in the German Bundestag.

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