MALAYSIA THINK THANK URGES FURTHER TRADE LIBERALIZATION IN GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT SECTOR

December 19, 2014

Malaysia’s GDP was ranked by the IMF at 35th globally in 2013. The country has a major commodity sector and wide-ranging export-base manufacturing and service industries. Malaysia has great potential to grow through further trade liberalization. However, many of the goods and services produced now are typically supplied to government agencies under decades-long government procurement contracts.

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UKRAINE: WHAT THE EU SHOULD DO

December 19, 2014 | by Krassen Stanchev

Last March, before the Russian annexation of Crimea, a group of European economists and reformers, of which I am a member, tried its best to prevent the most damaging political, economic, and financial scenarios from befalling Ukraine. Now the economic and financial situations are much worse because of the annexation and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. GDP is expected to contract by 9 percent by year’s end, central-bank reserves by more than 50 percent. Depreciation of the local currency this year is running at 50 percent, and inflation is around 20 percent. Two thirds of the banks are illiquid, and government debt is mounting.

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2014 ATLAS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY GRADUATING CLASS

December 19, 2014

The Atlas Network recognizes 34 leaders of free market think tanks as this year’s class of graduates of the Atlas Leadership Academy, which provides them with new resources and tools to build their organizations. These graduates now join the ranks of the global network of Atlas Leadership Academy alumni, numbering more than 67 individuals over three years.

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HELP US TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TEMPLETON RELIGION TRUST MATCHING GIFT

December 19, 2014

You can help strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by supporting Atlas Network today. And, through a matching gift arrangement with the Templeton Religion Trust, increased annual giving will help Atlas Network to qualify for an extra $150,000 to advance our mission! Help us make the most of it.

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AFGHANISTAN THINK TANK CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS OF ADVANCING LIBERTY

December 19, 2014

This month, Afghanistan Economic & Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) celebrated its fifth anniversary of advancing its mission “to promote the values of individual freedom and of the responsibility of civil society for the creation and sustenance of the institutions of limited government, the rule of law, and the other institutional foundations of the free society.”

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THE HUNGRY (EIGHTEEN) FORTIES

December 17, 2014

Many people believe the bureaucratic machinery of the welfare state is necessary for the survival of the poor. John Tomasi, Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Philosophy at Brown University, uses a play from London in 1909 called A Message from the Forties to remind us, however, that the decentralized institutions of a truly free society are the necessary foundation for the least-well-off in society not only to survive, but to thrive.

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IMANI CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AS GHANA’S PUBLIC-SECTOR WATCHDOG

December 17, 2014

For the past decade, Atlas Network partner IMANI Center for Policy and Education has aimed to subject all government policies to analysis based on rational choice, public choice, due diligence, vested interest, and value for money. Ten years later, IMANI is now ranked as the most influential in Ghana and the fourth-best think tank in Africa.

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CELEBRATING MONETARY STABILITY IN ECUADOR

December 17, 2014

Fifteen years ago, the people of Ecuador began abandoning their rapidly depreciating currency and adopted the U.S. dollar as the official currency instead. Last month, Atlas Network partner the Ecuadorian Institute for Political Economy (IEEP), whose leaders played a part in the dollarization process, hosted an international conference to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the country’s dollarization and the monetary stability that has come as a result.

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around the world in the global freedom movement showcasing
the work of Atlas Network partners.