Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world. The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.
Previous awardees include Mustafa Nayyem (Ukraine, 2014), Angela Kocze (Hungary, 2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).
This event is co-sponsored by the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation and the Ratiu Center for Democracy.
2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Recipient
Dr. Jamil Hasanli
Historian; Chairman, National Council of Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan; former Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow
Professor of History, University of Massachusetts; former Wilson Center Fellow
Director, Center for Energy Science and Policy and Adjunct Professor, George Mason University; former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Bosnia & Herzegovina
Founding Director, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council; former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan
Christian F. Ostermann
Director, History and Public Policy Program, Wilson Center
Associate Director & Associate Research Professor, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; Co-Director, PONARS Eurasia, The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
Global Fellow, Wilson Center; former U.S. Ambassador to Belarus and Georgia
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
2:00 - 6:00pm
5th Floor Conference Room
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20004