Democracy Promotion News

2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award: Call for Nominations

Feb 03, 2016
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. The purpose of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) is to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2016.

A U.S. Blueprint for Syria

Jan 27, 2016
Why does Russia always seem to be a step ahead of the U.S. in Syria? The answer is simple: Moscow knows exactly what it wants.

Song of Ukraine: Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Lead Singer of Okean Elzy, Shares His Vision for the Future

Dec 16, 2015
It’s not unusual to describe a prominent political figure as a figurative “rock star.” Well in the case of social activist, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, lead vocalist for Okean Elzy (the most successful post-Soviet rock band in Ukraine), it happens to be literally true.

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Dec 08, 2015
This week in Oslo, amid a state of emergency in Tunisia, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Are Ghanaians Fed-Up With Democracy?

Nov 05, 2015
Are Ghanaians fed-up with democracy? According to a recent survey the answer is yes, with findings indicating declining support for the government and lack of trust in institutions.

Foreign Electoral Assistance as a Strategy for Peace Building in Post-Conflict Societies

Nov 03, 2015
Once a peace treaty is signed and elections are scheduled, stability and peace is not guaranteed.

Jamil Hasanli to Receive 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Oct 20, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamil Hasanli, a leading scholar and political activist from Azerbaijan, will receive the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, a one-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The awardee was selected by the Ratiu Award Board which includes former awardees, such as Polish dissident and public intellectual Adam Michnik. Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world. The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide. The selection is made by an advisory board comprised of members of the Ratiu Family Foundation and previous awardees.
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An Update on the Colombian Peace Process with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson

Oct 14, 2015
We spoke with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson, following the announcement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had reached major breakthroughs on the outstanding issues in the peace process negotiations (transitional justice, disarmament, and a timetable for signing a final agreement). He provides context on how agreement was reached and what comes next.

Georgia: Between East and West

Oct 08, 2015
While many of its neighbors have struggled, Georgia’s democracy continues to develop and its role regionally and internationally continues to grow as well. A geographical gateway between East and West, the nation sits in the center of a dynamic and rapidly changing region. Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili visited the Wilson Center to discuss a host of important issues with the Center’s Director, former Congresswoman Jane Harman. Their discussion and the President’s remarks provide the focus for this edition of REWIND.

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