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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.

Reforming Ukraine: A Progress Report with Dmytro Shymkiv

Ukraine’s government and civil society are in the midst of an ambitious reform effort. The country's lead reformer, Dmytro Shymkiv, provides a progress report in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award: Call for Nominations

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. The purpose of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) is to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. The award expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.

A U.S. Blueprint for Syria

A friend who works in the Obama Administration recently lamented that the Russians are always a step ahead of us when it comes to Syria and the Middle East. If we are wondering why this is the case, the answer is simple: Moscow knows exactly what it wants in Syria and we do not. The time has come for the U.S. government, with selected allies, to publicly offer what it thinks a comprehensive solution to the Syrian crisis should look like. As suggested below, even if the proposition put forth here does not end up as the ultimate outcome, it is important for the U.S.

Song of Ukraine: Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Lead Singer of Okean Elzy, Shares His Vision for the Future

It’s not unusual to describe a prominent political figure as a figurative “rock star.” Well in the case of social activist, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, lead vocalist for Okean Elzy (the most successful post-Soviet rock band in Ukraine), it happens to be literally true. The rock icon is  also a well-known advocate of Ukrainian national identity and was named one of the 100 most influential people in Ukraine by the magazine, Korrespondent. During his recent visit to the Wilson Center, we asked him to explain his vision for the future of his country.

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