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The Struggle for Freedom and Human Rights

Dec 21, 2011
Nabil Rajab, recipient of the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, says Bahraini people will continue to fight for human rights despite government intimidation. After ten months of government crackdown "people are back to the streets and are committed to the struggle until they achieve their goal."

The EU Enlargement Process: Serbia's Prospects for EU Membership

Dec 14, 2011
In addition to the difficult negotiations surrounding the governance of the eurozone, the December 9, 2011 EU Council meeting also considered the question of EU enlargement. At the meeting, the Council decided to delay granting candidate status to Serbia and Montenegro so that each country could have more time to address some of the pre-accession conditions. European Studies Senior Associate, Nida Gelazis, spoke with Belgrade-based Beta News Service about the implications of the Council’s decision for Serbia, the European Union, and the United States.

2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee Nabeel Rajab is featured in Foreign Policy

Dec 07, 2011
Rajab sat down on Dec. 4 for an exclusive interview with The Cable. His main message was that the Obama administration's defense of the Bahraini government, including a new push to sell it more weapons, is sowing seeds of distrust and resentment of the United States among the Bahraini people. He urged the Obama administration to use its influence in Bahrain to press the regime for improvements on human rights.

Nabeel Rajab, 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award recipient is featured on NPR

Dec 02, 2011
Rajab, a leading Bahraini human rights activist, was among those targeted by the government and discusses his encounters with the Bahraini government forces during the uprising this spring on NPR.

Russia, China and the geopolitics of energy in Central Asia

Nov 18, 2011
Alexandros Petersen, Advisor to the European Energy Security Initiative (EESI) at the Wilson Center, publishes a joint report on the geopolitics of energy in Central Asia along with the Deputy Director of the Centre for European Reform Katinka Barysch.

Special CWIHP Report: The Victims at the Berlin Wall, 1961-1989

Aug 10, 2011
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961, the Cold War International History Project is pleased to announce the publication of a Special CWIHP Research Report, The Victims at the Berlin Wall, 1961-1989, by Hans-Herman Hertle, fellow at the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam and Maria Nooke, fellow at the Berlin Wall Memorial Site and Documentation Center on the number and identities of the individuals who died at the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989.

Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab to Receive 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Jul 29, 2011
Nabeel Rajab, a leading human rights activist and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, will receive the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, presented annually by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Western Balkans into the European Union website

May 20, 2011
Enter the site to find publications from the Working Group on the Western Balkans and related materials about the EU Accession process.

The Race for Caspian Gas

Feb 02, 2011
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.

Wilson Center Launches European Energy Security Initiative

Feb 01, 2011
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.

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