The Southeast Europe Project today announced its annual selection of Policy and Contributing Scholars and their corresponding research projects under the auspices of the Wilson Center for 2009, as follows:• Dr. Gulner Aybet of the University of Kent at Canterbury, on "Turkey and the Transatlantic Bargain: Time to Renegotiate?"• Dr. Ruby Gropas of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), on "Democracy in the Balkans" • Mete Hatay, International Peace Research Institute-Oslo, on "Migration and the Cyprus Conflict: Toward a Global Perspective"• Ioannis Tsorbatzoglou of the American College of Thessaloniki, on "A Decade of Development and Reconstruction in Southeast Europe."
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.
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.
On December 4, Moldovan human rights activist Eleonora Cercavschi, a high school principal in the volatile Transnistria region, will deliver the fourth annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture. She will discuss the right of children in Moldova to a quality education and to be educated in their native Romanian tongue.
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.
On November 15, Professor Anatoli Mikhailov, one of the leading personalities fighting for democracy in Belarus, will be awarded the Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award at the Wilson Center. His lecture is entitled, "Democracy as a Challenge". This event is open to the public.
The following is a consolidated summary of three reports prepared by Nida Gelazis, EES Program Associate; Robert Benjamin, Regional Director of Central and East European Programs at the National Democratic Institute; and Lindsay Lloyd, Regional Program Director for Europe, International Republican Institute. These reports were presented at an EES event held on September 11, 2007. Meeting Report 338.
The Ion Ratiu Lecture is pleased to announce that the 2007 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture and Award is Professor Anatoli Mikhailov. Professor Mikhailov is one of the leading personalities fighting for democracy in Belarus.
Read Martin Sletzinger's testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on "Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Democratic Transition"Jul 25, 2007
To read his and other witness testimony at the July 25, 2007 Committee meeting click here