Friday, November 17, 2006

Yahoo! News: Saad El-Din Ibrahim to Receive 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Saad El-Din Ibrahim to Receive 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award
Wed Nov 15, 10:51 AM ET
Contact: Sharon McCarter of the Woodrow Wilson Center, 202-691-4016, or

Saad El-Din Ibrahim, professor of Political Sociology and chairman of the board, Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies of the American University in Cairo, will be presented with the 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award at the Woodrow Wilson Center on Nov. 30 and will speak on lessons from the democratic transitions in Europe for democracy activists in the Middle East. Ambassador Joseph B. Gildenhorn, chairman of the Wilson Center's Board of Trustees, will provide opening remarks to be followed by a introduction given by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed of American University.

The purpose of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture is to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. The lecture strives to enrich the intellectual environment in which ideas about democracy and democratic change circulate, both within and beyond Washington. Sponsored by the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation (based in London and Turda, Transylvania), the event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician and intellectual as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.

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What: 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture
Who: Saad El-Din Ibrahim
When: Thursday, Nov. 30, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium. The Woodrow Wilson Center is located in the
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.


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