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Speakers: Thomas E. Garrett and Leslie Campbell

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.


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Thomas E. Garrett Leslie Campbell

We are pleased to announce collaboration with the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute on their Engage America Speakers Series which will focus on the subject of how The Arab Spring will evolve. It's a long and uncertain road from street protests to ballot box to governance with many potholes along the way. Transitions of leadership are underway in many countries with no clear end game in sight.

"The Arab Spring One Year Later: Prospects for Democracy" features officers of both organizations (respectively): Thomas E. Garrett and Leslie Campbell, both of whom are leading experts on the development of democracy worldwide. They will disuss how well prepared for democracy political actors in the region are, and what the United States and the West can do to support this process.



Tom Garrett joined IRI in November 1994. He 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 programs in Belarus and Moldova as well as in Ukraine. While in Ukraine, his focus was on political party building, local government training and women and youth in politics. Garrett also directed a training program for staff and members of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament.

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. While there, Garrett trained the three parliamentary parties in campaign techniques for the July 2000 election. Following the election, he assisted the new members of parliament on the responsibilities of the legislature. 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. There, he oversaw a program of political party building, public opinion research and support to local government. Garrett served in this position through the Indonesian elections of 2004. 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 and Ukraine.

A native Oklahoman, Garrett began his career in Texas and Oklahoma where he worked as a consultant on statewide campaigns.


Leslie Campbell has 25 years of experience in international development, parliamentary governance and political affairs. He joined NDI in 1994 and has directed the Institute's programs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region since 1996. As NDI's senior associate and regional director, Mr. Campbell has overseen a vast expansion of NDI's programs in the Middle East with the establishment of offices and programs that furnish assistance with political, civic and governance reform throughout the Arab world.

Mr. Campbell is a frequent guest and commentator on Middle East issues for major news outlets, and has also written a number of articles and papers on the subject of democracy in the Middle East, including an article entitled “Party Building in the Middle East” which appeared in the winter 2010 edition of International Journal. Mr. Campbell has been a guest lecturer at American University, Georgetown University, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the University of Toronto and several chapters of the World Affairs Council. He has served on task forces and study groups on Middle East democracy at the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the United States Institute of Peace. He is currently a member of the Agenda Working Group for the 2011 Halifax International Security Forum and an Iran study group at the Center for American Progress.

Mr. Campbell also comments and writes frequently on the topic of Canadian political party reform and co-authored, with Thomas Axworthy, The Democracy Canada Institute, A Blueprint (Centre for the Study of Democracy, Queen's University, 2005). He is a fellow of the Queen's University Centre for the Study of Democracy in Kingston, Ontario and, before joining NDI, was chief of staff to the leader of the New Democratic Party in the Canadian House of Commons.

Mr. Campbell holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University and a B.A. from the University of Manitoba.


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