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PATRIA Y VIDA: A CHANCE FOR FREEDOM IN CUBA | FRANK ZIMMERMAN

July 27, 2021

AtlasNexus host Vale Sloane sits down with Frank Zimmerman of Federalismo y Libertad’s Latin American Center to discuss why Cubans are protesting now and why life has been difficult there for so long. Frank dispels the myth that Cubans suffer because of a U.S. “blockade,” explains the nationalization of shoeshine stands, and points out the government’s discrimination against Black people on the island. Tune in to learn more about the Cuban march for freedom.

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ATLAS AT 40: A RETROSPECTIVE | BRAD LIPS INTERVIEW LINDA WHETSTONE, ROBERT BOYD, AND BILL SUMNER

July 13, 2021

Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips guest hosts this special episode of AtlasNexus with three storied guests to commemorate the organization's fortieth anniversary. Linda Whetstone is the daughter of Atlas Network Founder Sir Antony Fisher, a member of the Atlas Network board of directors (formerly board chair), and president of the Mont Pelerin Society. Robert Boyd spent seven years on the Atlas Network (then the Atlas Economic Research Foundation) board early in its history and eventually returned to serve on the board of directors once more. Bill Sumner is the chairman emeritus of Atlas Network’s board of directors, serving as chairman of the board for decades. The three guests combine for over one hundred years of relationship with Atlas Network, and they join the show to talk about the organization’s founder, history, and global impact in the past four decades. Whetstone, Boyd, and Sumner discuss Atlas Network’s lean early days, Sir Fisher’s determination and drive, and the triumph over early challenges that Atlas Network and Institute for Economic Affairs both experienced. History lovers will delight in this special episode of AtlasNexus!

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COUNTERING GOVERNMENT OVERREACH IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19 DISCUSSED AT #ASIALF21

July 2, 2021

The reality of continued international travel restrictions in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic led Atlas Network to host each of its four Regional Liberty Forums online in 2021—this time all in the same week in June. The Asia Liberty Forum (#AsiaLF21) kicked off with a critical examination of the ways in which government responses to the pandemic have disrupted both economies and private lives. With over 247 think tank and civil society professionals representing 16 countries in attendance, a rich dialogue was facilitated, despite the challenges of convening virtually. Attendees were as much a part of the excitement as winners when the Regional Liberty Award and Think Tank Shark Tank champions were announced.

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ADVANCING PAST AUTHORITARIANISM AND DEFENDING AGAINST POPULISM A HOT TOPIC AT #FOROLIBERTAD21

July 1, 2021

The reality of international travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic led Atlas Network to host each of its four Regional Liberty Forums online in 2021—this time all in the same week in June. The Latin America event—#ForoLibertad21—kicked off with a special message from the Honorable Guillermo Lasso, president of the Republic of Ecuador. Despite the challenges of meeting virtually rather than in person, 230 individuals from think tanks and civil society groups representing 22 countries contributed to an engaging and constructive event. Forum participants joined in the excitement with winners when the recipients of the Regional Liberty Award and Think Tank Shark Tank award were announced.

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PANDEMIC POPULISM AND AUTHORITARIANISM DISCUSSED AT #EUROPELF21

July 1, 2021

COVID-19-induced international travel restrictions compelled Atlas Network to host each of its four Regional Liberty Forums on an online platform in 2021—all back-to-back during the same week in June. The week’s Europe event (#EuropeLF21) commenced with an insightful conversation on the pandemic-related restrictions devastating many European economies. Despite the challenges of meeting virtually rather than in person, 161 individuals from think tanks and civil society groups representing 34 countries contributed to an engaging and constructive event. Forum participants joined in the excitement with winners when the recipients of the Regional Liberty Award and Think Tank Shark Tank award were announced.

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REMAKING AFRICAN INSTITUTIONS TO FOSTER ENTREPRENEURSHIP DISCUSSED AT #AFRICALF21

June 29, 2021

The reality of continued international travel restrictions in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic led Atlas Network to host each of its four Regional Liberty Forums online in 2021—this time all in the same week in June. The action-packed week kicked off with a deep examination of entrepreneurship in Africa at Africa Liberty Forum 2021 (#AfricaLF21). With over 232 think tank and civil society professionals representing 29 countries in attendance, a rich dialogue was facilitated, despite the circumstance of convening virtually. Attendees were as much a part of the excitement as winners when the Regional Liberty Award and Think Tank Shark Tank champions were announced.

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ANNOUNCING THE ATLAS NETWORK-CÁTEDRA VARGAS LLOSA YOUNG JOURNALISM PRIZE 2021

June 23, 2021

At #ForoLibertad21, Álvaro Vargas Llosa announced the launch of a joint initiative to foster thought and creativity among promising young journalists in the effort to develop stories, editorials, and narratives on the principles of liberty. The award program, called the Atlas Network-Cátedra Vargas Llosa Young Journalism Prize 2021, will have a selection committee presided by Carlos Alberto Montaner.

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ANNOUNCING THE CERTELL PRIZE

June 23, 2021

Atlas Network is proud to announce its first digital distribution contest, powered by Certell and the Cato Institute. In collaboration with Atlas Network’s Center for Latin America, the contest was announced during the Latin American Regional Liberty Forum 2021 by Esteban González. For the next three months, associates and partner organizations—and their members—will be asked to share the e-book Cinco Tendencias que Debes Conocer, a Spanish-language adaptation of 10 Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know published by the Cato Institute’s project on Human Progress.

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