It has been a year since Luis María Duarte – a member of NDI’s 2014 Afghanistan election observation mission – was killed during a terrorist attack on the Serena Hotel in Kabul. Luis, from Asuncion, Paraguay, was a long-time member of NDI’s global community and had been part of the Institute’s election missions in several countries. Beloved as a colleague and friend by so many across the globe, his death was a tremendous shock and loss to the elections community worldwide.
Raissa Tatad-Hazell is deputy regional director for Asia programs at the National Democratic Institute. Since 2001, she has supported NDI’s democratic development programs in Afghanistan, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste, and has helped expand the Institute’s work in the broader Asia region. From July 2010 to October 2014, she served as NDI’s Washington-DC based director for Afghanistan and Pakistan programs.