When European Commission President José Manuel Barroso visited Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan in mid-January, he might as well have sounded the starting gun in the final sprint to secure Caspian natural gas for European consumers, writes Alexandros Petersen, adviser to the Wilson Center's European Energy Security Initiative.
The Wilson Center's new European Energy Security Initiative will host seminars and fellows to delve into issues critical to Europe's energy dynamics which, in turn, affect the economic and security policies of many parts of the globe.
2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Recipient Eleonora Cercavschi Honored with the Highest Moldovan Distinction - Order of the RepublicAug 31, 2010
Mrs. Eleonora Cercavschi, recipient of the 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award, was honored with the Order of the Republic (Ordinul Republicii) - the highest Moldovan distinction presented by the country's President.
We are pleased to announce that the 23rd JSTS meeting was held at the Aspen Wye Woods Conference center in Maryland from August 13 to 16, 2010. This meeting brings young scholars (MA or higher) together with mentors to review their work and help build their careers in the field of East European Studies. This annual training program is funded by Title VIII, the U.S. Department of State's Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union and co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER). JSTS offers junior scholars the opportunity to present their research to a multi-disciplinary group of their peers as well as a distinguished group of senior scholars in a series of informal sessions. Junior scholars also have access to senior scholars for one-on-one discussions of their research, advice on academic and non-academic job searches and publishing. JSTS alumni pool includes more than 300 scholars, many of whom continue to play integral roles in the field of East European studies.
On Tuesday the Woodrow Wilson Center will host a Director's Forum with His Excellency Martti Ahtisaari, former president of Finland and 2008 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, who will discuss the Middle East conflict.
On February 2, the Woodrow Wilson Center will host a Director's Forum with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia. Crown Prince Alexander will discuss the EU integration process in Southeast Europe.
The 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Democracy: Traps and Question Marks by Adam Michnik Featured in International MediaJan 22, 2010
Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief of Poland's daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and recipient of the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, was featured in a number of distinguished press publications. Michnik's speech Democracy: Traps and Question Marks marked the 5th annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture, which took place at the Wilson Center on December 3, 2009. His address was preceded by a brief introduction by The Honorable Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Carter.
Comments made by 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik during a Wilson Center-hosted media briefing were featured in Foreign Policy magazine's Passport blog.
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University and the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award at the Woodrow Wilson Center co-hosted the 2009 World Youth Democracy Forum for DC-Area Students. The Forum featured 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik.
Adam Michnik, a political activist and retired member of Poland's first democratic parliament, was presented the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award on December 3 at the Woodrow Wilson Center. At the event, Michnik delivered year's Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture: Democracy: Traps and Question Marks.