Democracy Promotion

Call for Applications: 2018 Ion Ratiu Democracy Fellowship

Building on the accomplishments of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (2005-2016), the Ion Ratiu Democracy Fellowship (IRDF) aims to support individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy as activists or intellectuals, whether they are in exile from repressive regimes or operating within emerging democracies.

Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and its Crisis Today

The liberal internationalist tradition is credited with America's greatest triumphs as a world power―and also its biggest failures. Beginning in the 1940s, imbued with the spirit of Woodrow Wilson’s efforts at the League of Nations to "make the world safe for democracy," the United States steered a course in world affairs that would eventually win the Cold War. Yet in the 1990s, Wilsonianism turned imperialist, contributing directly to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the continued failures of American foreign policy.

Afghanistan's Summer of Violence Illustrates Difficulties Trump Administration Will Face

Afghanistan has suffered through a harrowing summer, even by the nightmarish standards of a country convulsed by conflict for decades.

Book Talk: Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support

Cosponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Kennan Institute

What Fidel Castro’s Death Won’t Change About Cuba’s Economic Outlook

Fidel Castro’s death has sparked a torrent of questions, including whether President-elect Donald Trump will break with President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy. Mr.

Dr. Manuel Cuesta Morúa Named Recipient of the 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Manuel Cuesta Morúa, a leading scholar and political activist from Cuba, will receive the 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, a one-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The awardee was selected by the Ratiu Award Board which includes former awardees, such as Polish dissident and public intellectual Adam Michnik. He will keynote the Annual Ratiu Democracy Symposium to be held at the Center on December 5, 2016.

2014 Ratiu Award Winner Profiled in the New Yorker

Winner of the 2014 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Mustafa Nayyem, is profiled in the September 5, 2016 issue of The New Yorker in an article about his transition from journalism to politics in Ukraine. Nayyem is credited for having made the social media post that helped spur thousands of protestors to gather in Maidan Square.

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