Thank you to everyone who attended the event. You can view pictures in the gallery on the right and read the event description below. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014
3:00pm- 4:00pm Atlas Strategy Discussion (by invitation only)
This is a private meeting for Atlas staff, board members, and board of advisors. 
5:30pm-7:00pm Atlas Club Briefing
Co-hosted with America’s Future Foundation, Atlas Club Briefing on Thursday, April 3 will feature Casey Lartigue on “Promoting Freedom in Difficult Places: The Case of North Korea.” Casey Lartigue, a Senior Fellow with the Atlas Network, is based in South Korea. He will be led in conversation by Atlas Network’s Executive Vice President Tom Palmer. Lartigue will discuss practical ways to enhance civil society in both South and North Korea, explore ways to develop projects that encourage reform in the direction of freedom in North Korea, and also encourage friends of liberty to get involved with spreading freedom in both South and North Korea.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Join the Atlas Network and the Illinois Policy Institute for a one-day forum on Friday, April 4, 2014 preceding the Philadelphia Society's 50th anniversary meeting in Chicago, IL. 

12:00pm-1:45pm Luncheon: Fighting for Freedom: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The forum will kick-off with a luncheon featuring keynote John Fund, National Review Columnist and Fox News Political Analyst. Fund will speak to the theme of "Fighting for Freedom: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall" in commemoration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (November 9).

2:00pm-3:15pm  Panel: Reforming the Welfare State

The government led approach to social welfare problems flourished in the 20th century, but seems ill-suited to the 21st. Atlas Executive Vice President, Tom G. Palmer, editor of After the Welfare State will lead a discussion that looks at the need for change and how free-market think tanks are setting the stage for change. 

Moderator: Dr. Tom G. Palmer (Atlas Network, USA)

Confirmed Speakers:

Jason Clemens (Fraser Institute, Canada)
John Tillman (Illinois Policy Institute, USA)

3:45pm-5:00pm  Panel: Ideas Can Transform Nations: The Case of the Chicago School of Economics

The Chicago School – as embodied in the work of Friedman, Stigler, Becker, Coase, Lucas, Harberger, Zingales, and Rajan, etc. – has been hugely influential around the world, and many think tanks connected to the Atlas Network have taken their cue from the great scholars of the Chicago School.  In this panel, we review the special case of Chile – which grew prosperous and free because of Chicago-style economic reforms (and despite the reforms’ implementation via a military dictatorship) – as well as the broader impact of the Chicago School in Latin America and in Asia. 

Moderator: Ricardo Lopez Murphey (Red Liberal de America Latina, Mexico)

Confirmed Speakers:

Manuel Suárez Mier (American University, USA) 
Francisco Rosende (Pontifical Catholic University, Chile)


Jason Clemens is the Executive Vice President of the Fraser Institute and the President of the Fraser Institute Foundation. Before rejoining the Fraser Institute in 2012, he was the director of research and managing editor at the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute and prior to joining the MLI, Mr. Clemens spent a little over three years in the United States with the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute. He has an Honors Bachelors Degree of Commerce and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of Windsor as well as a Post Baccalaureate Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University.

He has published over 70 major studies on a wide range of topics, including taxation, government spending, labor market regulation, banking, welfare reform, health care, productivity, and entrepreneurship. He has published over 300 shorter articles, which have appeared in such newspapers as The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, National Post, and a host of U.S., Canadian, and international newspapers. Mr. Clemens has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs across Canada and the United States. He has appeared before committees of both the House of Commons and the Senate in Canada as an expert witness and briefed state legislators in California. In 2006, he received the coveted Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award presented by Caldwell Partners as well as an Odyssey Award from the University of Windsor. In 2011, he was awarded (along with his co-authors) the prestigious Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for the best-selling book The Canadian Century. In 2012, the Governor General of Canada on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, presented Mr. Clemens with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to the country.

John Fund is a senior editor of The American Spectator and a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He is also Fox News Political Analyst and National Review Columnist.     

Mr. Fund began his career in journalism after a stint as a policy analyst in the California State Legislature. He worked for syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak as their investigative reporter before joining the Wall Street Journal, where he has been deputy editorial features editor and a member of the Editorial Board.  

He is the author of three books: "Cleaning House: America's Campaign for Term Limits," "Regulation Through Litigation," and "Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy." 


Ricardo Lopez Murphy: Ricardo López Murphy is president of RELIAL, Red Liberal de America Latina, in Mexico and President of Fundacion Civico- Republicana in Argentina. He is a former Minister of Defense and Minister of Economy in Argentina. He has a Masters degree from the University of Chicago and has been a university professor, a consultant and advisor to companies, international investors and financial institutions in Argentina and Latin America, such as the IMF, World Bank, CEPAL and IADB. He also was Chief Economist at the FIEL economic think-tank in Argentina.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the Executive Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network. Tom previously served as Vice President for International Programs at the Cato Institute and Director of the Center for Promotion of Human Rights. He is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: The Theory, History, and Practice of Liberty. He received his BA from St. Johns College, MD, his MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, and his doctorate from Oxford University.

Francisco Rosende holds a Master´s Degree in Economics from the University of Chicago (1983), and is Commercial Engineer of Universidad de Chile (1979). He was Chief of Research of the Central Bank of Chile between 1985 and 1990. He has been professor of the Department of Economics of Universidad Católica since 1984, teaching graduate courses of Macroeconomics and undergraduate courses of Monetary Economics. Mr. Rosende was elected Dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration in 1995, reelected six times for 3-year periods, thus staying in office until November, 2013.

Manuel Suarez-Mier is an economist-in-residence at the School of International Service at American University, where he teaches international economics. In a professional career that spans over 35 years, Suárez-Mier successively combined working in the financial system and Foreign Service of Mexico as well as for transnational financial institutions, with teaching economics at the Technological Institute of Mexico and the universities of New Mexico and Georgetown. He did his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, was the Chief of Staff of the Governor of the Bank of Mexico and the top economic diplomat in Washington at the time of the negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. More recently (2007-09), he represented the Attorney General of Mexico in the U.S. when the Mérida Initiative, a plan for both nations to jointly fight transnational criminal organizations, was negotiated and approved by the U.S. Congress. He has written extensively on issues related to Latin America’s political economy and security issues in North America and writes a weekly column in Mexico City’s newspaper Excelsior.

John Tillman is one of the nation’s most prominent leaders of a state-based think tank. As CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, he has transformed what many wrote off as a blue state into a place ripe for free market reform. John also is the founder of the Great Communicators Foundation, a national organization dedicated to helping advocates for liberty make the moral case in public policy debates. John’s success has become a model for liberty-based organizations across the country. John is frequently asked to consult with other nonprofit, free market organizations on marketing and organizational strategy.

In 2011, John won the prestigious Roe Award for his leadership, innovation and accomplishments in the world of public policy. This annual award pays tribute to those in the state public policy movement whose achievements have greatly advanced the free market philosophy.John is regularly featured in the media, and has appeared on FOX News Channel, FOX Business, the BBC and NPR, as well as in The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times and other news outlets.

Casey Lartigue, Jr., joined the Atlas Network as a Fellow in December 2013. He lives in South Korea where he is the Director for International Relations for the newly established Freedom Factory Co. Ltd. In addition, he is the International Adviser to the Mulmangcho School (for adolescent North Korean refugees) in Yeoju, South Korea. He is the co-director of the Teach North Korean Refugees project at the Mulmangcho Human Rights Center and a columnist with the Korea Times. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association in Washington, D.C.

He was previously a policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom in Washington, D.C. and hosted the Casey Lartigue Show on XM Radio 169 The Power. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and a former member of the Young Executive Network of the Washington Scholarship Fund. He is co-editor of the book Educational Freedom in Urban America. Lartigue received a bachelor’s degree from the Harvard University Extension School and a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.