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Join Atlas Network for a Liberty Cafe with Dr. Žiga Turk, Professor at theUniversity of Ljubljana in Slovenia. This event will be moderated by Atlas Network Vice President for Programs and International Relations Matt Warner.

The belief that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the expansion of the European Union eastward ended the European struggle for peace, democracy and liberty has been questioned by the recent events in Ukraine. Parallel to the rising strategic ambitions of Russia are the ambitions of far leftist forces to achieve socially what failed in Eastern Europe under the Soviet Union through elections, trade unions and redistribution policies. 

A crisis of democracy on one hand and an alliance between heirs to the Communist power in the East on the other poses a real threat to the hard-won liberties in Europe as a whole and puts the transatlantic partnership in danger Dr. Žiga Turk, a Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, will discuss current events in Eastern Europe and how Europeans must face the ghosts of their past in order to build a more free future.


Dr. Žiga Turk is a professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Born in 1962, he holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, M.Sc. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in technical sciences. Recently his research activities include the trends and scenarios of future global developments, particularly the role of information technology and innovation in those trends. He also studies the broader societal impacts of information technology and is active in the topic of "internet science". He is an internationally recognized public speaker, columnist and lecturer on these subjects. 

In 2007 and 2008 Dr. Turk was a Minister for growth in the government of Slovenia, national coordinator for the Lisbon Strategy and chief negotiator for the Slovenia's accession to the OECD. From 2008-2010 he served as Secretary General of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe. In 2009 and 2010 he chaired a high level group to recommend the future evolution of European academic networking (GEANT). From February 2012 until March 2013 he was Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports in the Government of Slovenia. 

Matt Warner (moderator) is the Vice President of Programs and Institute Relations at Atlas Network. He works with the programs and institution relations team to strategically and effectively deliver Atlas's many services designed to strengthen pro-liberty think tanks throughout the world. Prior to joining Atlas, Matt served in several policy and leadership posititions at free-market organizations including the James Madison Institute in Florida and the America Legislative Council in Washington, D.C. His work has been published in the Washington Times,, Budget & Tax News, as well as many daily and weekly newspapers throughout the U.S. He has testified before several state legislative bodies on issues related to expanding liberty for individuals, particuarly in educational choice and energy policy. Matt holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Florida State University and a master's degree in economics from George Mason University.