Democracy

Mexico's Democratic Challenges: Politics, Government and Society

11:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks and Overview of the Book
Jacqueline Peschard, President, Federal Institute for Access to Information;Andrew Selee, Director, Mexico Institute

11:30 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker
José Woldenberg, former President of Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute and Editor of NEXOS
Presented by:
Lázaro Cárdenas, former Governor of Michoacán and Senior Fellow, WOLA

Lunch Served

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Roundtable: Where is Mexico's Democracy Today?

Offsite Event: Democratic Setbacks in Nicaragua: A Conversation with Carlos Fernando Chamorro

This event took place at the Open Society Foundations, 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 7th Floor Conference Room A, Washington, D.C. 20006.

Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Founder and Editor of Confidencial, discusses Nicaragua's state affairs and eroding democracy following Nicaragua's Supreme Court decision to allow President Daniel Ortega to run for consecutive re-election.

Orange Revolution and Aftermath: Mobilization, Apathy, and the State in Ukraine

In 2004, hundreds of thousands of Ukranian protestors mobilized in the streets of Kyiv against authoritarian rulers who had clearly falsified the Fall elections. The size and efficacy of the Orange Revolution, as the protest became known, surprised political observers—and even the participants themselves. In the aftermath, many observers concluded that civil society, long thought dead in Ukraine, was alive and well.

Guatemala: A Post-Elections Assessment and Future Challenges

With none of the candidates in last Sunday’s Guatemalan presidential elections receiving the required 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates are headed for a runoff election scheduled for November 6.  Former general Otto Pérez Molina of the right-of-center Patriot Party, who had been favored to come out ahead, secured just 36 percent of the votes, while business man Manuel Baldizón came in second with 23 percent.  A distinguished panel of experts will join us to dis

2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Recipient Eleonora Cercavschi Honored with the Highest Moldovan Distinction - Order of the Republic

Mrs. Eleonora Cercavschi, recipient of the 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award, was honored with the Order of the Republic (Ordinul Republicii) - the highest Moldovan distinction presented by the country's President.

The 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Democracy: Traps and Question Marks by Adam Michnik Featured in International Media

Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief of Poland's daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and recipient of the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, was featured in a number of distinguished press publications. Michnik's speech Democracy: Traps and Question Marks marked the 5th annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture, which took place at the Wilson Center on December 3, 2009. His address was preceded by a brief introduction by The Honorable Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Carter.

Press Coverage:

IRDL Awardee Adam Michnik Featured by Foreign Policy Magazine

Comments made by 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik during a Wilson Center-hosted media briefing were featured in Foreign Policy magazine's Passport blog.

2009 Elliott School Youth Democracy Forum with Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik

The 2009 Elliot School Youth Democracy Forum with Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik will take place on 4 December 2009 from 10:00am - 12 noon at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC.

For more information, visit the Elliott School's Events Calendar.

The Fifth Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture

Adam Michnik, a political activist and retired member of Poland's first democratic parliament, will be presented the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award on Thursday, December 3, and will deliver the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. He will be introduced by Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981.

Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik Published in The Guardian

Adam Michnik, recipient of the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award and editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza published an essay in The Guardian on the role of Poland's Solidarity movement in the events of 1989.

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