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Recent News

Leszek Balcerowicz Named Recipient of 2014 Milton Friedman Prize

Atlas Network partner Cato Institute announced today that Leszek Balcerowicz, former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland, will receive the 2014 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, a $250,000 biennial award presented to an individual for achievement in promoting freedom and individual liberty.

Balcerowicz was at the helm of some major transitional reforms, helping transform the Polish economy in the 1990s. He has also served as chairman of the National Bank of Poland, and was awarded with the country’s highest decoration, the Order of the White Eagle, for his contribution to Poland’s economic transformation.

The prize will be presented during a dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on May 21, 2014. Garry Kasparov, legendary chess champion and 2014 Atlas Templeton Leadership Fellow, will deliver the keynote address at this event. Kasparov will also deliver the keynote at Atlas Network’s annual Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner on November 12-13, 2014.

Read the announcement from Cato Institute here.

Celebrating Ideas and the Future of Freedom in Venezuela

Centro de Divulgación del Conocimiento Económico para la Libertad (CEDICE) is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Caracas, Venezuela, April 24 – 25, 2014.

In Venezuela, people are literally fighting for their freedom. But even before President Nicolás Maduro, and before that Hugo Chavez came to power, there was a movement to challenge the status quo.

CEDICE is one of Atlas Network’s longest standing partners and is at the heart of this effort. For 30 years it has worked tirelessly to move Venezuela toward more freedom.

CEDICE’s 30th anniversary celebration, “Latin America: Freedom is the Future”, will feature Nobel Laureate in Literature and Atlas Network honorary Templeton Leadership fellow Mario Vargas Llosa, regional think tank leaders, including Argentina’s Gerardo Bongiovanni, and renowned academic scholars such as Enrique Krauze and Carlos Sabino.

For more information about the event, click here.

The Best Way to Affect Change in North Korea

Newspapers gravitate to sensational North Korean stories of crazy dictators, nuclear weapons, and Dennis Rodman. But those who want to truly help the oppressed citizens of North Korea need to look for practical strategies for affecting change. That was the message delivered by Atlas Network Fellow, Casey Lartigue, at events Atlas Network organized earlier this month in Washington D.C., New York City and Chicago. [Continue Reading...]

Dr. Alex Chafuen, Atlas Network President, wins the 2014 Walter Judd Freedom Award

At Atlas Network, our mission is to strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by identifying, training and supporting individuals with the potential to found and develop effective independent organizations that promote our vision in every country. Few have taken on this mission as passionately as Atlas Network president, Dr. Alex Chafuen, who joined Atlas Network in 1985.

We are proud to announce that The Fund for American Studies will award Dr. Chafuen the 2014 Walter Judd Freedom Award, which recognizes individuals who have devoted their lives to the preservation and expansion of freedom and been outspoken voices against tyranny and oppression in the world and national affairs. Past recipients of the Walter Judd Freedom Award include President Ronald Reagan; National Review founder, William F. Buckley, Jr., and Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. [Continue Reading...]

A New Tool for Pakistan’s Freedom Watchdogs

The Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME), an Atlas Network partner based in Islamabad, created a scorecard to track policy reform and implementation by the new government in the areas of economy, energy security and social protection. [Continue Reading...]