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The Kennan Institute was founded as a division of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in December 1974 through the joint initiative of Ambassador George F. Kennan, then Wilson Center Director James Billington, and historian S. Frederick Starr. Named in honor of Ambassador Kennan's relative, George Kennan "the Elder" (1845-1924), a nineteenth-century explorer of Russia and Siberia, the Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia, Ukraine, and other states in the region.

Democracy: Belarus and the Accidental Activist

Anatoli Mikhailov, rector of the European Humanities University and recipient of the 2007 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture award

 

There were high hopes for Belarus when the Soviet Union dissolved. But Alexander Lukashenko soon began to reinstate authoritarian rule. He saw the country's universities as dangerous threats. Special pressure was brought upon the European Humanities University and it was forced into exile in 2004. Anatoli Mikhailov, the university's rector, describes how EHU continues to represent free speech and democracy even in exile.

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.

A New Approach to Social Policy: Measuring Access to Opportunity

Ten of the fifteen most income-unequal countries of the world are based in the Western hemisphere; indeed, by some measures, nearly all Latin American countries suffer from greater income inequality that those of Sub-Saharan Africa. On September 30, 2011, Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, opened a discussion on how to reduce that inequality.

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