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LATIN AMERICAN ‘FREEDOM UNIVERSITY’ TRAVELS TO BOLIVIA

January 17, 2018

Since 2008, the Instituto Político para la Libertad Perú (Political Institute for Freedom Peru or IPL) has organized and hosted an annual leadership training program for exceptional youth leaders committed to democracy and basic freedoms, originally focused only on Peru but having since expanded to encompass Latin America more broadly. The program – Universidad de la Libertad (Freedom University or UDL) – has become a highly-regarded Latin American youth training program, with past participants coming from a handful of countries in Latin America & the Caribbean.

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LATIN AMERICA THINK TANK ESSENTIALS TRAINING FOCUSES ON REVITALIZATION

January 9, 2018

Every year, Atlas Network holds a Latin America Think Tank Essentials training, which focuses on providing new think tanks in the region with the tools to establish or revitalize their organizations. With the help of instructors from Contribuyentes por Respeto, Libertad y Desarrollo, and the Archbridge Institute, 13 think tank staffers spent four days in November 2017 in Santiago, Chile, refining their business plans and discussing strategies for strengthening their operations. The following three participants share their workshop experiences and discuss the main challenges that their organizations face.

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BUILDING A BETTER BUSINESS-ENABLING ENVIRONMENT IN UKRAINE

January 2, 2018

Andriy Shpakov is the executive director of EasyBusiness, a Ukrainian think tank, whose mission is to create a better environment for business operation and economic growth. Shpakov has a background in finance and business analysis, and during the last three years he has advised the Ukrainian government on how to develop a deregulation strategy and improve Ukraine’s position on the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking. Shpakov gave Atlas Network a little glimpse into Ukraine’s current political climate and what EasyBusiness is doing to spread the message of freedom in Ukraine, in light of an upcoming Atlas Network event in New York City on January 10.

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THIRD ANNUAL ARAB LIBERTY FESTIVAL PROMOTES ROLE OF PRIVATE SECTOR AS AGENT OF CHANGE IN REGION

December 28, 2017

The third annual Arab Liberty Festival, held from Dec. 8-9 in Rabat, Morocco, focused on promoting stable institutions that encourage entrepreneurship and rule of law throughout the Arab world. Hosted by the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies and sponsored by Atlas Network, the Arab Liberty Festival brought together nearly 100 members of free-market think tanks and organizations from across the region.

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SEASON 4 OF THE FREE MARKETS SERIES TO AIR ON PBS

December 28, 2017

Interested in seeing some of the leading lights of the free-market movement talk about their life’s work and the ideas that get them fired up in the morning, all in an intimate interview setting? You can do just that if you watch The World Show: The Free Markets Series in partnership with Montreal Economic Institute (Institut Economique de Montreal) and broadcast on PBS Affiliate stations.

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SECOND OPEN FEST SPANS FIVE DAYS, DRAWS THOUSANDS IN SARAJEVO

December 21, 2017

The Bosnian think tank Multi has demonstrated once more how effective non-traditional channels can be in introducing new audiences to the ideas of classical liberalism with its second annual OPEN Fest. Over 2,000 people participated in the festival, with a few more thousand attending at least some of the associated programs, and 100 people were trained from the Western Balkans in three training programs – Balkan Leadership Training, Objectivist OPENer, and Catallaxy Seminars – held before OPEN Fest.

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MALAYSIAN CONFERENCE DEBUNKS PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS ON COMPATIBILITY OF ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY

December 20, 2017

Based in Kuala Lampur, Istanbul Network for Liberty strives for a Muslim renaissance based on the principles of a free society. It recently hosted its fifth annual international conference, organizing around the theme of “Democratic Transitions in the Muslim World.” More than 125 participants attended the conference, representing Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and more.

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NEW LIBERTY AWARDS IN GREECE HONOR TOM PALMER, OTHER FREEDOM CHAMPIONS

December 20, 2017

The recent turn of Greeks back to the ideas of classical liberalism is continuing. Earlier in December, The Center for Liberal Studies - Markos Dragoumis (KEFiM) hosted an award ceremony for “Freedom in Greece,” called PROMETHEUS 2017, at St. George Lycabettus in the presence of 120 prominent guests and award winners.

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