ATLAS NETWORK NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
-- The Central Asian Free Market Institute (Kyrgyzstan) introduced Social Entrepreneurship and Crisis, by Mamyr Abdullaev, an independent journalist from Osh city and a participant in the Smith Foundation-sponsored free market school 2009. Abdullaev states, "People working in the field of business may become ideal social entrepreneurs because this is the type of people who have the powerful entrepreneurial spirit inside. Perhaps many of them have simply not thought about this kind of activity." Read the entire article here.
-- The Institute of Economic Affairs (UK) held a book launch for Mark Pennington's Robust Political Economy (US release date: Feb 28). This page at the IEA website includes ashort video with the author explaining how he defends classical liberalism against the critiques of communitarians and egalitarians, even on their own terms.
-- Richard Durana, director of the Slovakia Institute for Economic and Social Studies and the project The Price of the State, discusses how his group is working to educate Slovaks that many services currently provided by the government could be delivered more efficiently by the private sector. View the interview on Reason.tv.
-- Just Facts devoted its online radio show to the topic of Sound Money this past week, hosting Judy Shelton the co-director of the Sound Money Project at Atlas. The hour-long program entitled Preserving the Value of Your Money can be accessed here as a podcast.
-- "Every child in America deserves challenging, motivating, effective education. All schools should succeed. Period. It doesn't matter if the failing school is in the heart of the city or in the wealthiest neighborhood in town." This is one of several talking points shared across the United States during National School Choice Week, January 23 - 29. Atlas partnered in the nationwide efforts by declaring as "IN" early in the campaign and continues to promote school choice. For more information, contact Matt Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Niall Ferguson gave the annual John Bonython Lecture at Centre for Independent Studies (Australia) last year. The lecture -- titled Empires on the Edge of Chaos: The Nasty Fiscal Arithmetic of Imperial Decline -- was just reprinted as an Occasional Paper of the CIS and is available on video as well. It looks at the U.S. government's precarious fiscal situation in the midst of observing: "We tend to think of geopolitical shift as a protracted and gradual phenomenon... but history suggests it may not be so slow-acting."
ATLAS IN THE NEWS
GO-TO THINK TANKS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania, has identified 6480 think tanks around the world (including government affiliated think tanks and others quite different from the independent model championed by Atlas), and created a process for ranking them. Its latest publication -- The Global "Go-To Think Tanks" 2010 by James McGann -- lists 35 think tanks connected to the Atlas Network who appear among the top 25 institutes in its 29 different categories. Atlas itself appears on the list of the Top 25 International Development Think Tanks in the world.
Congratulations to the following institutes for also earning recognition within the study: Adam Smith Institute (UK), Acton Institute (US), American Enterprise Institute for Policy Research (US), Association for Liberal Thinking (Turkey), Center for Independent Studies (Australia), Centro de Divulgacion del Conocimeneto Economico (Venezuela), Cato Institute (US), Center for Liberal-Democratic Studies (Serbia), Civitas: Institute for Study of Civil Society (UK), Competitive Enterprise Institute (US), European Ideas Network (Belgium), F.A. Hayek Foundation (Slovakia), Fraser Institute (Canada), Free Market Foundation (South Africa), Fundacion Libertad (Argentina), Heritage Foundation (US), Hudson Institute (US), IMANI Center for Policy and Education (Ghana), Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (Nigeria), Instituto Ecuatoriano de Economia Politica (Ecuador), Instituto Libertad y Democracia (Peru), International Policy Network (UK), Libertad Y Desarollo (Chile), Liberty Institute (India), Lithuanian Free Market Institute (Lithuania), Macdonald-Laurier Institute (Canada), Manhattan Institute (US), Mercatus Center (US), Pacific Research Institute (US), Prague Security Studies Institute (Czech Republic), Reason Foundation (US), and Taxpayers' Alliance (UK).
Mandarin VOA Channel interviews Atlas's Tom Palmer
Voice of America's Mandarin TV channel interviewed Atlas's Executive Vice President Tom Palmer on January 18th about trade and economic issues on a Mandarin channel of Voice of America (with call-ins and emails from China). View the video here. Please note that the video clip is in Mandarin Chinese.
Atlas Fellow Deroy Murdock on Scripps News
"Rwanda improves steadily and does so with infectious self-confidence. These days, alas, it's hard to say that about America," concludes Deroy Murdock, Atlas Senior Fellow in this Scripps News op-ed discussing how America should follow free-market Rwanda.