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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.

Ion Ratiu Lecture Celebrates Democracy

On December 4, the Wilson Center will host its fourth annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture, honoring Eleonora Cercavschi of Moldova. Named in honor of the late Romanian activist Ion Ratiu, the award and lecture aim to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas and accomplishments of those who are working on behalf of democracy. Whether in exile from oppressive regimes or representing today's emerging democracies, these individuals from around the world have made outstanding contributions to circulating ideas about democracy and democratic change.

Eleonora Cercavschi to Receive 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

WASHINGTON— The Woodrow Wilson Center, the Ratiu Center for Democracy, and the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, are pleased to announce that Eleonora Cercavschi is the 2008 Recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. Mrs. Cercavschi is the principal of Stefan the Great High School (Stefan Cel Mare Si Sfint Lyceum) in Grigoriopol, Moldova. The award will be presented at the Woodrow Wilson Center on December 4, 2008, during the Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture.

Russia and Globalization: Identity, Security, and Society in an Era of Change

Russia is a battered giant, struggling to rebuild its power and identity in an era of globalization. Several of the essays in this diverse and original collection point to the difficulty of guaranteeing a stable domestic order due to demographic shifts, economic changes, and institutional weaknesses. Other contributors focus on the country’s efforts to respond to the challenges posed by globalization, and discuss the various ways in which Russia is reconceptualizing its role as an international actor. Ambivalence is a recurrent theme, according to editor Douglas W.

Toward a Society under Law: Citizens and Their Police in Latin America

Crime continues to undermine the rule of law and democracy in Latin America. The incidence and severity of crime reduce the community’s trust in police and in government, and many attempts to address the crime problem have stalled. Directly empowering citizens has, however, been a promising avenue for change. Toward a Society under Law focuses on community policing and on police reform.

Rethinking the Economics of War: The Intersection of Need, Creed, and Greed

Rethinking the Economics of War: The Intersection of Need, Creed, and Greed questions the adequacy of explaining today’s internal armed conflicts purely in terms of economic factors and reestablishes the importance of identity and grievances in creating and sustaining such wars. This collection of essays responds to current works asserting that the income from natural resources is the end and not just a means for warring rebel groups. The study puts greed in its place and restores the importance of deprivation and discrimination as the primary causes of armed conflict within states.

Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions

Twenty truth commissions have completed their work of examining and reporting on the abuses of deposed regimes, leaving behind a wide variety of records: transcripts, video and audio recordings, e-mail and computer files, and artifacts. Why save such evidence? According to Trudy H. Peterson, preservation “completes the commission’s work. Oppressive regimes try to impose a selective amnesia on society … Saving the records makes sure that amnesia does not prevail.”

Crime and Violence in Latin America: Citizen Security, Democracy, and the State

By virtually any standard of measurement, Latin America ranks as one of the most violent regions in the world. Violence and crime pose serious threats to the relatively fragile democracies of Latin America and the Caribbean. This volume offers timely discussion by attorneys, government officials, policy analysts, and academics from the United States and Latin America of the responses of the state, civil society, and the international community to these threats.

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