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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.

Offsite event: A Discussion with Frank Pearl, Colombia's High Counselor for Social and Economic Reintegration

According to the office of the High Counselor for Reintegration (ACR), over 47,000 combatants from Colombia's paramilitary and guerrilla groups have demobilized since mid-2002. Government-sponsored reintegration programs aim to meet the needs of ex-combatants, their families, and the communities that receive them, and to pursue multiple goals of reconciliation, justice, and socio-economic development.

Iraqi Women Leaders in Engineering and Applied Sciences

Three Iraqi women scientist fellows with the Iraqi Women's Fellowship Foundation (IWFF), visiting the U.S. for the 2010-2011 academic year, spoke of their experiences in the U.S. as visiting scholars, their education in Iraq, and what they hope to bring to Iraq upon their return from the United States.

Women: MENA's Untapped Resource

Nadereh Chamlou, Senior Advisor, Office of the Chief Economist,
Middle East and North Africa Region, The World Bank

The Greek University: Policy Reforms in Higher Education - Richard Jackson, American College of Thessaloniki

Remarks by Anatolia President Richard Jackson on
"The Greek University: Policy Reforms in Higher Education" at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington, D.C. November 14

It is an honor for me to be here at the Woodrow Wilson Center today. First, a word about the perspective I bring to the topic of educational reform in Greece.

New Book Discussion: <i>Liberal Arts at the Brink</i>

Author: Victor E. Ferrall, Jr., President Emeritus, Beloit College; Commentators: Scott Jaschik, Founding Editor, Inside Higher Ed; Francis Oakley, President Emeritus, Williams College

Early Childhood Development: Why it Matters in the U.S. and Worldwide

Research shows that children who participate in high quality early childhood programs are less likely to be involved in criminal behavior, are more educated, have a higher income, lower divorce rates, and use social services less.