Institute for Asian Democracy

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The Institute for Asian Democracy "works to strengthen support for Burma's democracy movement by facilitating media coverage, working with ngos, and by offering technical assistance and capacity building to Burmese exile groups." [1]

"Founded in 1991 by a group of committed activists and academics, the Institute for Asian Democracy (IAD) seeks to promote human rights and nurture the forces of self-governance in Asia. Supporting research, fact-finding missions, public education, technical assistance, media outreach and advocacy, IAD works to strengthen the rights of Asians to live in a free and just society which adheres to universally accepted norms of political, civil, social and cultural rights. The Institute has endeavored to work primarily for the restoration of democracy in Burma. The Institute also works to facilitate transitions to democracy by nonviolent means and promotes the principles of self-governance, self-determination and the rule of law." [2]

  • Jeffrey Hopkins was president of the Institute for Asian Democracy, Washington, D.C., from 1994-2000. [3]
  • Robert A. F. Thurman, Institute for Asian Democracy: Founding Trustee, 1991; Chairman, 1992-1994. [4]


Institute for Asian Democracy
3509 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 945
Washington, D.C.
Tel: (202) 232-0474 or 232-0474

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  1. Grantees, Open Society Institute, accessed September 24, 2007.
  2. Institute for Asian Democracy, Nobel Peace Laureates Conference, accessed September 24, 2007.
  3. Three Decades and Eighteen PhDs, Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, accessed September 24, 2007.
  4. Robert A. F. Thurman, Hnet Online, accessed September 24, 2007.