In response to the escalating tensions in the Bahraini capital Manama, and following the State Department's statement of concern regarding the violence in the city, Wilson Center President and CEO Jane Harman issued the following statement.
The State Department issued a statement on behalf of Nabeel Rajab, 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award recipient and leading Bahraini human rights activist who was beaten by government forces in the capital of Manama last week.
Alexandros Petersen, advisor to the European Energy Security Initiative, discusses the future role of the newly established EU-US Energy Council in an article following the meeting between US Secretaries of State and Energy, Hillary Clinton and Stephen Chu with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger in late November.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.