The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2014 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.
Following the collapse of communist systems in East Europe, cities and nations confronted the task of introducing markets and democratically accountable political systems. In other words, they needed to establish economic and governing mechanisms empowering individuals. They needed, as a popular metaphor of the time expressed the challenge, “to make an aquarium out of fish stew.”
“Southeastern European countries are positioned at one of the globe’s front lines of LGBTI organizing,” writes former Wilson Center research scholar Susan Pearce in her latest policy brief on LBGT rights “Gej” in Southeast Europe. According to Pearce, “There is an opportunity for this region’s activists and governments to assume unique leadership on these issues at this point in history.”
The Wilson Center, in partnership with the Europa Institute at the University of Zurich (EIZ), is pleased to announce the launch of a Short-Term Research Fellowship Program geared towards academics in the humanities and social science, who currently reside in Switzerland. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend four months at the Wilson Center conducting independent, advanced research.
The Global Europe Program is now accepting applications for the summer research grant competition. This stipend is available to American academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. The grant is for a period of two months, and includes residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2014.
"There is a limit to how far Turkey will distance itself from the West, in particular during times of regional or international systemic crisis," writes Wilson Center Global Fellow Bulent Aras in his latest policy brief on "Turkey's Europe Momentum." Discussing Turkey's relationship with Europe, Aras suggests that "It is possible to generate new momentum for a dialogue with the EU once a carefully structured and expressed political rhetoric has been put into political circulation."
The Wilson Center's Global Europe Program is now accepting applications for the EES Short-term Grant competition, which is open to academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for this grant cycle is: March 1, 2014.
The Wilson Center is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Alexandros Petersen, who died in an attack on a restaurant in Kabul last week. "Alex was a much-liked and highly respected colleague. We mourn his passing and send our condolences to his family and friends," said Christian Ostermann, head of the Center's Global Europe Program, who had worked closely with Petersen.
Roma rights activist Angela Kocze, 2013 recipient of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Ion Ratiu Democracy award, talks about ongoing discrimination and prejudice against the Roma population in Europe on VOA’s Press Conference USA.
Trust needs to be rebuilt between the United States and Germany, writes Jane Harman and Volker Perthes. As allies and democracies, the U.S. and Germany can do this, with some imagination and effort, and the relationship can be improved as a result. Here's how.