The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2015 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 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.
In his piece “China’s Financial Footprint in Europe,” Global Europe Global Fellow Nicola Casarini explores the economic and political implications of China’s financial involvement in Europe.
The Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program recently launched its new Swiss Fellowship Program in partnership with the Europa Institute at the University of Zurich. To commemorate the occasion, an expert panel convened to discuss European security challenges and the priorities of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
In this feature length edition of Wilson Center NOW, newly elected Member of Parliament, Mustafa Nayyem, shares his thoughts on the state of democracy in Ukraine, the ongoing conflict with Russia, and his transition from journalism to politics. Nayyem is the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.
Eastern European Studies Scholar, Tibor Purger, writes about the challenges faced by the U.S. Ambassador in Hungary and the need for bold dialog.
"And no amount of rationalizing—whether scheduling conflicts or not wanting to dominate the rally with the presence of a U.S. president—can explain away the absence of a U.S. political figure of real stature in response to the first successful terror attack directed against Europe from abroad in a decade," writes Aaron David Miller.
The Global Europe Program is pleased to announce the launch of a new collaborative publication series between the Wilson Center and the Istanbul Policy Center: the IPC-Wilson Center Turkey Papers. In the inaugural publication in the series, Kemal Kirişci discusses “TTIP’s Enlargement and the Case of Turkey.” Kirişci argues that Turkey’s inclusion in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would be economically and geo-strategically advantageous for all parties involved.
"The attack on Charlie Hebdo is another confirmation of a long war. And, like the Cold War was to the 20th century, that struggle is likely to be a defining feature of the 21st," writes Aaron David Miller.
In this Context interview, Pavol Demes, an internationally recognized NGO leader, a former government official, and also an author and photographer, spoke about about the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the current state of democracy in Slovakia, as well as about concerns over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
The Obama Administration has spoken of a “pivot” or “rebalance” toward Asia as a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. is not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. Does the pivot present an opportunity for the EU and U.S. to draw upon shared values and a history of cooperation as they engage China and other Asian nations? Or will we see increased competition as both seek to benefit from the economic opportunities the region presents?