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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.

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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.

Adam Michnik, 2009 IRDL Awardee, Published in Der Spiegel

Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest daily, and recipient of the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award, recently published an article in Der Spiegel, entitled "Will Year of Miracles be Squandered?"

The article, which centers on the idea that cynicism and the appeal of authoritarianism may threaten the achievements of 1989, is available from Der Spiegel's website.
 

2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik published by IP Global

2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik recently published an essay for IP Global entitled "Annus Mirabilis," which deals with the events of 1989 and the development of democracy in Eastern Europe over the past twenty years.

Visit IP Global's website to read the full article.

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