Thursday, January 26 at 7pm in Ella Burling Hall – ISH is pleased to feature a special briefing by Tom Garrett, from the International Republican Institute. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to [email protected].
Topic of discussion: Is democracy possible in Egypt and what is the role of U.S. democracy promotion organizations in helping to bring that about?
Tom Garrett joined IRI in November 1994 and currently serves as Vice President for Programs. Prior to being named Vice President, Garrett served as IRI’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Garrett first served as IRI’s Resident Program Director for Ukraine; he later oversaw political party programs in Belarus and Moldova as well. He left the Ukraine program in January 2000, to serve as IRI’s Resident Advisor to the Ikh Hural, Mongolia’s parliament, based in Ulaanbaatar. In addition to his Mongolia assignments, Garrett conducted training for IRI programs in Cambodia and in Thailand for the Burmese democratic opposition in exile.
In October 2000, Garrett moved to Jakarta as IRI’s Resident Program Director and oversaw a program of political party building, public opinion research and support to local government. While posted to Indonesia, he conducted program assessment missions for IRI in Fiji, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and provided training on campaign finance reform in East Timor.
Over the past 15 years, Garrett has worked on election observation missions in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, the Solomon Islands, Tunisia and Ukraine.
Prior to joining IRI, Garrett served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK) and at the Department of the Interior as Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in international relations from Norwich University.