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BREXIT: A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO DIVERGE FROM RESTRICTIVE EU POLICIES, SAYS MARK LITTLEWOOD

February 20, 2018

Mark Littlewood is Director General of the UK-based Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), and will be speaking at Atlas Network events on Feb. 21 in Sarasota and Feb. 22 in New York City about the risks and opportunities of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and how negotiations have been effected by turbulent political events since the initial vote to leave. In advance of those upcoming events, Littlewood gave Atlas Network a little glimpse into the UK’s current political climate and what the IEA is doing to spread the message of freedom throughout the UK.

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CAPITAL RESEARCH CENTER ON THE VIOLENCE OF COMMUNISM GOES VIRAL

February 20, 2018

The Capital Research Center (CRC)’s recent video, “Communism will ALWAYS be Violent,” has gone viral, with roughly 2 million organic views and its translation into Vietnamese with more translations to come. The video has received substantial international interest.

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LIVING LIBRARY SERIES DISPELS STEREOTYPES, OPENS DOOR TO FREE SOCIETY IN TAJIKISTAN

February 20, 2018

The Tajikistan Free Market Centre (TFMC) was founded in 2010 based on the ideas of free markets, tolerance, and individual responsibility; and it promotes these ideas through research, education, and social events. TFMC provides an alternative voice for social and economic policy to the status quo in the country. One of its main initiatives is its monthly “Living Library” series, which is a non-economic project based on the principles of tolerance, pluralism, and non-violent conflict resolution through open dialogue.

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VISIO INSTITUT PUBLISHES ECONOMIC FREEDOM OF THE WORLD REPORT IN SLOVENIA

February 20, 2018

Two thousand copies of the 2017 Economic Freedom of the World Report have been translated into Slovenian and published by the Visio Institut, an Atlas Network partner based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as part of the organization’s ongoing effort to highlight the importance of economic freedom. Along with the translated reports of 2015 and 2016, the publication of the most recent Economic Freedom of the World Report is aimed at influencing Slovene government policy and public support for policy change. The report is originally published by another Atlas Network partner, the Canada-based Fraser Institute.

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CARDINAL INSTITUTE MAKING STRIDES FOR SCHOOL CHOICE IN WEST VIRGINIA

February 14, 2018

The Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, an Atlas Network partner based in West Virginia, has made significant progress in promoting school choice policy in the state. With numerous appearances in local and out-of-state media, and policy support from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, the Cardinal Institute has helped push West Virginia one step closer to adopting a system of school choice.

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SMITH FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: ANDRIY SHPAKOV

February 13, 2018

The Smith Fellowship, one of the hallmark programs of Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy, brings up-and-coming leaders from around the world to Washington, D.C., where they receive varied training in marketing, fundraising, management, and other relevant skills needed for getting nascent think tanks off the ground. A recent alumnus of Atlas Network’s Smith Fellowship, Andriy Shpakov, is executive director of EasyBusiness, a partner organization in Kyiv, Ukraine. Atlas Network’s associate director of training, Tarun Vats, recently caught up with Andriy to discuss the challenges in Ukraine, how EasyBusiness hopes to make a difference, and how the Smith Fellowship has created new opportunities to help Andriy in his work.

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EASE OF DOING BUSINESS, PROPERTY RIGHTS, AND BLOCKCHAIN: ASIA LIBERTY FORUM 2018

February 12, 2018

More than 250 people from 30 countries gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia from February 10-11 for Asia Liberty Forum 2018. Hosted by Atlas Network with local co-host the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), the conference featured several thought-provoking breakout sessions examining the trajectory of liberty, property rights, and technology in the region and speeches by prominent business, think tank, and civil society leaders. Atlas Network would like to thank the support of the Smith Family Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the Freda Utley Foundation, and other generous supporters for making Asia Liberty Forum 2018 possible.

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ECPPS REINFORCES PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN EGYPT THROUGH POLICY CHANGES

February 12, 2018

The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS), an Atlas Network partner based in Cairo, Egypt, has seen success in its efforts to promote free markets and private property rights in Egypt. With initiatives such as the digitization of land records for ease of access, the development of a mobile app to assist entrepreneurs in navigating financial and legal obstacles to business creation, and discussions held with Egyptian members of parliament concerning property rights, ECPPS has made a significant impact on the development of free markets in Egypt. By making strides to reduce the bureaucratic barriers to entry into the land market and pushing to implement land registration reforms in the Egyptian parliament, ECPPS continues to promote the ideas of economic liberty in Egypt.

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