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CENTRAL ASIAN FREE MARKET INSTITUTE CONDUCTS ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT AND HELPS ‘OPEN THE SKIES’

March 19, 2019

In conjunction with Central Asian Free Market Institute (CAFMI), Atlas Network recently participated in an Economic Freedom Audit of the Kyrgyz Republic. Economic Freedom Audits are designed to convey the advantages of free markets to policy reformers, using data and local knowledge to craft recommendations for policy changes that will help improve the country’s ranking in the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of the World Index. In 2018, the Kyrgyz Republic ranked 77th out of 162 nations analyzed by the index, which ranks every country based on the degree to which their policies and institutions support economic freedom.

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TTMBA ALUMNI ŽILVINAS ŠILĖNAS IS NAMED FEE'S NEW PRESIDENT

March 19, 2019

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) recently announced that Žilvinas Šilėnas will serve as the organization’s 11th president. With years of think tank experience under his belt, as well as a commitment to the promotion of the free market, the decision highlights an exciting transition for FEE. Previously, Šilėnas has served as the President of the Lithuanian Free Market Association (LFMI), and has been an active participant of several Atlas Network events. Not only did Šilėnas attend Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA program, he also was a participant of the network’s Transatlantic CEO Summit. For his work in public policy and education, Silenas received two Templeton Freedom Awards in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

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ALAMOS ALLIANCE CONFERENCE SHOWCASES THE FUTURE OF PROSPERITY IN LATIN AMERICA

March 12, 2019

Monetary policy, interest rates, and global capital flows were key topics at Alamos Alliance XXVI, which attracted economists, academics, policymakers, and several Atlas Network partners to the prestigious annual conference that is held annually in northwest Mexico. With discussions centered around the primary theme of “Prosperity and Public Policy in the New Millennium,” the conference also signaled the start of a growing association between Atlas Network and Alamos Alliance.

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MEDICAL CANNABIS WIN FOR UTAH THINK TANK

March 11, 2019

Interest in medical marijuana has grown over the past few years, causing a wave of political movements and advocates working to make it legally available. Utah-based think tank Libertas Institute[https://www.atlasnetwork.org/partners/global-directory/libertas-institute] has been one of those long-standing advocates for the legalization of medical cannabis, and their tireless efforts paid off when the Utah state government passed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act — allowing patients with certain conditions to use cannabis as a form of treatment.

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REGISTRATION PROJECT BECOMES TEMPLATE FOR NEW LAWS ENSHRINING PROPERTY RIGHTS IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE

March 8, 2019

Thanks to the work of Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), land ownership is no longer a hazy concept in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2016 AIA launched “Land Governance in Ivorian Villages”, a project dedicated to consolidating and publishing records of property ownership in villages throughout Côte d’Ivoire. Because of this work, new legislation requires the creation of similar publications of records in every village throughout the country.

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SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY RULES AGAINST EXCESSIVE FINES

March 8, 2019

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States determined that excessive fines could not be imposed by state and local governments. The unanimous decision affirms the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment, which states that “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” The decision marks a significant achievement for Atlas Network’s partner, the Institute for Justice (IJ).

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CELEBRATING A LEGACY OF LIBERTY DURING ASIA LIBERTY FORUM 2019

March 7, 2019

Over 270 people gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka for Asia Liberty Forum 2019 from Feb. 28th – Mar. 1st. Advocata Institute co-hosted this event, which provided expert commentary on how a rich history of liberty helped reduce poverty in the region, and how freedom can continue this legacy for the future.

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