History | Wilson Center

History

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.

Purifying the Nation: Population Exchange and Ethnic Cleansing in Nazi-Allied Romania

Purifying the Nation is a provocative new exploration of the Holocaust in World War II Romania. Challenging nationalist claims, Vladimir Solonari argues that the persecution of Jews and Roma by the Romanian government was not a response to pressure from the country’s ally, Nazi Germany, but rather stemmed from the vision of an ethnically pure Romania which was traditional to Romanian nationalism.

Germany Says No: The Iraq War and the Future of German Foreign and Security Policy

According to Dieter Dettke, Germany’s refusal to participate in the Iraq war signaled a resumption of the country’s willingness to assert itself in global affairs, even in the face of contradictory U.S. desires.

Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962

Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962 draws on newly available archival documentation from both Western and Asian countries to explore decolonization, the Cold War, and the establishment of a new international order in post-World War II Southeast Asia. Major historical forces intersected here—of power, politics, economics, and culture on trajectories East to West, North to South, across the South itself, and along less defined tracks.

Adam Michnik to Receive 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

The Woodrow Wilson Center, the Ratiu Democracy Center, and the Ratiu Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce that Adam Michnik is the 2009 Recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. Michnik is a political activist and retired member of Poland's first democratic parliament.

The award will be presented at the Woodrow Wilson Center on December 3, 2009, during the Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture.

Iuliu Maniu Foundation to Honor 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award Recipient Eleonora Cercavschi

Eleonora Cercavschi, recipient of the 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award will be honored by the Iuliu Maniu Foundation for her work defending children's right to be educated in their own language.

Sunday, March 29, 2009, 3:00pm
3 West 51st Street,
New York, New York
iuliumaniufoundation.org
Email William Flaviu Ritiu for more information and to RSVP

Eleonora Cercavschi, 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee, Featured by America.gov

Eleonora Cercavschi, recipient of the 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award, was featured in an article on America.gov, published by the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs.

The article included full coverage of Cercavschi's speech at the Wilson Center, as well as a discussion of the broader background underlying the conflict in Transnistria, and Cercavschi's struggle to teach children in their native language.

 

Education is at the Heart of Ratiu Lecture

This month, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosts the fourth annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture. Previous awardees include Saad Eddin Ibrahim, an Egyptian democracy activist, and Belarusian democracy activist Anatoli Mikhailov, president of the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Pages