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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

NDI Events

  • NDI and invite you to attend a workshop on the roles of new technologies in election monitoring, hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) on Feb. 26, at the NED offices in Washington DC.

  • The Bipartisan Policy Center
    and its National Security Initiative (NSI)

    Yemen: The Next Afghanistan?

    Moderated by

    David Ignatius (invited)
    The Washington Post


    Thomas Krajeski
    Senior Vice President, National Defense University and
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen

    Dr. Paula Dobriansky
    Former Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
    Co-Chair, NSI's Stabilizing Fragile States Project

  • The International Forum for Democratic Studies
    at the National Endowment for Democracy

    cordially invites you to a luncheon presentation entitled

     The Backlash Against Election Monitors:

    How the Profession Can Respond


     Mr. Peter Novotny
    Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow

  • In the fall, The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) hosted conferences in Amman, Beirut, and Cairo to examine the political dynamics in the Middle East. Participants developed recommendations for U.S. foreign policy initiatives for encouraging meaningful democratic political reform. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the United States Institute for Peace, and Georgetown's Democracy and Governance Program sponsored the conferences.

  • The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe will hold a briefing on new media on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 1539 of the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, DC.

    This briefing will consider the ways in which new media and Internet communication technologies affect the balance of power between human rights activists and authoritarian governments. Panelists will focus on new media's role in protests and elections, the ways in which it empowers civil society activists, and how dictators use new technology to control and repress their citizens.

  • A World Affairs Briefing with Kristin Haffert, NDI Director for Women's Political Participation Programs and Raissa Tatad-Hazell, NDI Senior Program Manager for Asia. On Friday, Sept. 18, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the National Democratic Institute, 2030 M St., NW, Washington, DC. If you are planning to attend, please R.S.V.P. by Tuesdsay, Sept. 15 to Cecilia Lero at 202.728.6339.

  • Members of NDI's 2009 International Election Observation Mission in Afghanistan presented their experiences, analyzed the results and discussed the implications of the elections for the future of Afghanistan.

    Thursday, Sept. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St., NW, Washington DC.




  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee called on Susan Page, NDI’s regional director for Southern and Eastern Africa, to testify at its hearing on a comprehensive strategy for Sudan.

    Page offered insight from her extensive experience in the country as well as from 10 focus group studies NDI has recently conducted, including six in Southern Sudan, two in the Three Areas of Abyei, Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, and two in Northern Sudan.

  • Changing gender politics in the Western Balkans was the theme that brought together eight young Balkan leaders to participate in a lively discussion co-hosted by NDI and the National Albanian American Council (NAAC).

    Topics ranging from gender quotas for elected office to social implications of gender equity were posed by NDI’s Aleksandra Pajevic, the Institute’s field director in Albania, who moderated the session called “Women in Government, Access to Power.”

  • NDI’s Regional Director for Eurasia Laura Jewett addressed the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also called the Helsinki Commission, on Kyrgyzstan’s July 23 presidential election. Jewett outlined several areas in which the government of Kyrgyzstan could take steps to improve the electoral environment, which would in turn help rebuild citizen confidence in the process.