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Adam Michnik to Receive 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Jul 24, 2009
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. The award will be presented at the Woodrow Wilson Center on December 3 during the Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture.

In Praise of Deadlock: How Partisan Struggle Makes Better Laws

Jul 22, 2009
A new book published by Woodrow Wilson Center Press defends the hurdles and checkpoints of the American legislative process.

New Connections, New Contributions at the Smithsonian

Jul 20, 2009
As the Smithsonian Institution enters a globalizing technological era, so must its mission expand its focus. At a Director's Forum at the Wilson Center, Secretary Wayne Clough laid out three global challenges that the Smithsonian plans to address: science, particularly global warming and biodiversity; education; and issues of national identity.

What Should We Do About Beef From The Amazon?

Jul 20, 2009
Soy, biofuels, all the other commodities you may have heard linked to Amazon deforestation — they are as nothing compared to beef. There are good reasons why ranching thrives in the Amazon: land is free or cheap in most of it, cattle need minimal care, and they can walk to market.