International Research & Exchanges Board

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) is an international, nonprofit organization that specializes in global education and development. IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries.[4]

IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)
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FocusEducation, independent media, civil society
Area served
ProductInternational development
Key people
Kristin Lord (President) [2]
400 [4]


IREX was established in 1968 by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the US Department of State.[5][6][7] IREX conducted scholarly exchanges between the US and the Soviet Union until the fall of the Iron Curtain.[8]

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, IREX implemented projects to support democratic reforms and strengthen organizations.[9] IREX administered programs to conduct educational exchanges, strengthen civil society in developing countries, increase internet access, and provide training and support to journalists and media organizations.[10][11][12]


IREX designs and implements programs that focus on civil society, education, gender, governance, leadership, media, technology, and youth.[13]

These programs include the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders,[14][15] the World Smarts STEM Challenge,[16][17] and Learn to Discern, which has been discussed for its approach to helping citizens recognize disinformation and fake news.[18][19][20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sherry Lee Mueller and Mark Overmann, Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development, 2nd ed. (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2014).
  2. ^ Kristin M. Lord, IREX.
  3. ^ "INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH & EXCHANGES BOARD INC" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b "International Research and Exchanges Board Profile". Guide Star. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Richmond, Yale (2004). Cultural Exchange and the Cold War: Raising the Iron Curtain. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press.
  6. ^ Engerman, David (2009). Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America’s Soviet Experts. New York: Oxford University Press.
  7. ^ Capodilupo, Lucia (1984). "IREX in Romania: Overview of Programs to Date and Plans for the Future". Economy, Society, and Culture in Contemporary Romania.
  8. ^ Richmond, Yale (2004). Cultural Exchange and the Cold War: Raising the Iron Curtain. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press.
  9. ^ Mendelson, Sarah, ed. (2002). The Power and Limits of NGOs: A Critical Look at Building Democracy in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. New York: Columbia University Press.
  10. ^ Ruffin, M. Holt (1999). The Post-Soviet Handbook: A Guide to Grassroots Organizations and Internet Resources. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  11. ^ Ruffin, M. Holt (1999). Civil Society in Central Asia. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  12. ^ Josephi, Beate, ed. (2010). Journalism Education in Countries with Limited Media Freedom. New York: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers.
  13. ^ "International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)". Devex. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  14. ^ Schneidman, Whitney (July 19, 2016). "The Young African Leaders Initiative: Soft Power, Smart Power". Brookings Institution. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  15. ^ Ritter, Mario (March 20, 2017). "Exchange Program Builds Ties between US, Africa". Voice of America. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  16. ^ Ingber, Sasha (March 23, 2017). "Science-Loving Teens from Ghana and DC Geek Out Together". NPR. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  17. ^ Brouillette, Julia (March 16, 2017). "DC, Ghanian Students Team Up for STEM Challenge, Water Solution". Washington Times. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  18. ^ Lucas, Edward (2016). Winning the Information War: Techniques and Counter-strategies to Russian Propaganda in Central and Eastern Europe. Washington, DC: Center for European Policy Analysis.
  19. ^ Copeland, Paul (2016). Factual Entertainment: How to Make Media Literacy Popular. London: Legatum Institute.
  20. ^ Jankowicz, Nina (March 31, 2017). "Our Biggest Mistake in the Fight Against Fake News". Washington Post. Retrieved September 18, 2017.

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