Connect Montana: The Carter Center

Sean Dunne, The Carter Center

“The Conflict of Elections”

Thursday, October 29th,  7:00-7:30 pm Mountain Time


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Meeting ID: 828 2961 5766

Passcode: 478473

Sean Dunne will discuss the conflict-driven nature of elections and their impact on domestic and international stability.

Sean Dunne is an international expert in elections with over 20 years of experience in elections and democratic stabilization. His experience includes designing and managing international election assistance and observation programs; geopolitical, political-economic and security risk analysis; and, the adoption and regulation of technology in and around elections. He holds Masters’ degrees in both Law and Politics, and a Bachelor’s degree in software engineering. He is currently serving as the Country Representative and Mission Director for The Carter Center in Burma, heading an international election observation mission for the country’s upcoming November elections. He has previously worked around the world in North and South America, the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, South East Asia and the South Pacific. In that time, he has worked and consulted for the United Nations, European Union, international NGOs, government agencies and the private sector.

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Connect Montana: International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Justin Snyder, International Foundation for Electoral Systems

“The What, How and Why of International Election Support”

Wednesday, October 28th, 7:00-7:30 pm Mountain Time



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Meeting ID: 876 7906 6960

Passcode: 904445


Justin Snyder will discuss the kinds of support that international organizations typically provide to support elections around the world, and why this is important, not only in the local context, but also in the context of America’s broader interests

Justin Snyder is a communications expert with 10 years of experience in democracy and governance, focused on programming to support accountability and electoral systems.  He currently serves as the Outreach and Engagement Specialist for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Burma, providing technical assistance and support to the election commission and civil society partners in the run-up to the 2020 general election. Previously, Justin worked on the on the USAID CEGAH project, dedicated to strengthening Indonesia’s community of accountability. In his eight years in Indonesia, Mr. Snyder worked closely with media, civil society organizations (CSOs), and donor programs to implement campaign finance monitoring campaigns, voter education initiatives, and media training activities. His portfolio of experience covers work in the fields of journalism, public service delivery, elections, anti-corruption, and environmental policy reform.

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Connect Montana: United Nations Electoral Assistance Division

Hiroko Miyamura, United Nations Electoral Assistance Division

“United Nations Electoral Assistance”

Tuesday, October 27th, 9:00-9:30 am Mountain Time



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Meeting ID: 894 7270 0298

Passcode: 273776


Hiroko Miyamura will discuss why the UN has been involved in electoral assistance, noting that its impartiality is its strongest comparative advantage as an electoral assistance provider.  Electoral assistance is a key component of how the UN supports peace agreements and processes.

Born in Japan, and educated in Japan, the UK, US and South Africa, Hiroko joined the UN in the early 1990s, getting her first electoral assistance experience in Cambodia, where the UN organized Cambodia’s first post conflict elections in 1993, in accordance with the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement which marked the official end of Cambodia’s civil war.  She has been involved in post-conflict elections in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan/South Sudan which all formed part of a peace process.  She has also served with the UN in New York, Bosnia and Herzegovina, East Timor and Somalia.

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