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Peru's Elections: A Report From the Field

New estimates by the IMF indicate that this year, Peru will have the fastest economic expansion of any country in Latin America.  Its growth rates over the past several years have been among the region’s highest.

But the distribution of wealth remains highly unequal.  Peru ranks 13 out of 17 countries in the region according to the World Bank’s Human Opportunity Index, the lowest score in all of South America.

Off-site Event: The World Youth Democracy Forum for D.C.-Area Students

The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University and the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award at the Woodrow Wilson Center are pleased to co-host the 2010 World Youth Democracy Forum for DC-Area Students. The Forum will feature the 2010 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Winner, Oleg Kozlovsky of Russia.

The Sixth Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Oleg Kozlovsky, a political activist and co-founder of Solidarnost, United Democratic Movement in Russia, will receive the 2010 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award on Thursday, 2 December at the Woodrow Wilson Center, as part of a two-panel workshop featuring a round-table discussion After the "Reset:" U.S. and European Approaches to Russia and a keynote address Democracy: New Tools for the Struggle.

Democracy and Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights

Mrs. Eleonora Cercavschi, a human rights activist and the 2008 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, will speak on Democracy and Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights. The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Samuel Donaldson, Chairman of the Wilson Council, and will provide introductory remarks.

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Democracy as a Challenge - The 2007 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture, with Anatoli Mikhailov

On November 15, 2007, the Woodrow Wilson Center co-hosted the third annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture in collaboration with the Ratiu Family Foundation and the Ratiu Democracy Center. The recipient of this year's award, Dr. Anatoli Mikhailov, Rector of the European Humanities University, currently in exile in Vilnius, Lithuania delivered a speech on Democracy as a Challenge. An introduction by former ambassador to Belarus, David Swartz, preceded Professor Mikhailov's address.

The 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture: Are There Democracy Lessons Arabs Can Learn From Eastern Europe?

Lecture by Dr. Saad Ibrahim, American University in Cairo, Recipient of the 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award; Introduction by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, American University

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Introduction by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

Environmental Advocacy and the Movement for Nuclear Safety in Kazakhstan

At a recent Kennan Institute talk, Kaisha Atakhanova, Director, Karaganda Ecological Center, and 2005 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner from Asia, described how the people of Kazakhstan were able to successfully resist a proposed law that would allow foreign countries to dispose of nuclear waste products in Kazakhstan. She explained that Kazakhstan already has a devastating legacy of nuclear contamination from Soviet-era nuclear tests and power plants, which has hurt the country's environment and the health of its citizens.

Human Rights and Environmental Activism in Russia: Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future

At a recent Kennan Institute talk, Ivan Pavlov, Director of the Bellona Environmental Human Rights Center in St. Petersburg and Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute, described the state of the human rights and environmental movements in Russia today. Pavlov warned that these movements are in a state of crisis. In order to survive this crisis, organizations must improve their professional capacity and overcome internal divisions to overcome the obstacles posed by a hostile government and an indifferent population.

Previewing the OAS General Assembly: Citizen Security in the Americas

The Hon. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States; Adam Blackwell, Chief of Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States; Francisco Lloreda, Presidential Counselor for Citizen Security, Colombia; Aminta Granera, Chief of the National Police, Nicaragua (invited); Lynne Anne Williams, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)

The Quality of Democracy in Latin America

Daniel Levine, Woodrow Wilson Center and the University of Michigan; Diego Abente, National Endowment for Democracy