August 16, 2010

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Honoring Dr. James Buchanan with Lifetime Achievement Award
On September 9, 2010, Atlas's Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Orders will present its fifth Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. James M. Buchanan, Professor Emeritus of Economics at George Mason University. The presentation will be at the new George Mason Inn on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University (GMU). A panel discussion of Buchanan's work led by Henry Manne, Dean Emeritus of the GMU Law School, will precede the presentation. Panel discussants are Nobel laureates Amartya Sen, Elinor Ostrom and Dr. Buchanan himself. The Panel discussion will begin at 4pm with a reception following from 5-6pm. Please RSVP to Atlas Senior Fellow, William Dennis at For more information on the event visit here...
Lights! Camera! Liberty! - Enter to win video production equipment!
Jump-start your think tank's video production capabilities or enhance the work you are already doing with video with a grant of $3,000 from Atlas. All you have to do is fill out a simple questionnaire to enter the contest. Deadline is August 18th! See here for details...
We have additional stories about Atlas happenings below, including Arabic Freedom School, a freedom and development seminar in Francophone Africa, and tributes to Dr. Manuel F. Ayau. But first, some quick headlines from your allies in the Atlas network.
Network News from Around the World
Put the Poor First, an article by Gavin Ray of the Free Market Foundation (South Africa) stressing economic growth rather than reducing the income gap, and "Hard-won liberty needs persistent and resolute defence" by his colleague Brian Benfield
The world's 23 worst dictators, according to George Ayittey of the Free Africa Foundation writing in Foreign Policy
Mwangi Kimenyi named director of Africa Growth Initiative, the former director of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) will head research efforts on Africa for the Brookings Institution
Contribute to the dialogue on Zimbabwe's Constitution, a new web-based survey by Zimbabweans soliciting input on revisions being made to its constitution. In May 2009, nine African think tanks in the Atlas network proposed concrete policy measures to improve the dire conditions - read "The Zimbabwe Papers" here
Central Asian Free Market Institute (Kyrgyzstan) signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kyrgyz Ministry of Economic Regulation, the agreement of mutual cooperation aims to improve legislation in areas such as market liberalization, trade facilitation, and anti-corruption
Free Minds Association (Azerbaijan) summer workshop in Baku, taking place September 1-4 to educate participants on the role of institutions, the importance of property rights and entrepreneurship development
Remnants of the riots: Southern Kyrgyzstan on the brink, a narrated photo essay from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Also, read Cato Fellow P.J. O'Rourke discuss RFE/FL's mission in World Affairs Journal
Task force on minimum wage law in Hong Kong, the Lion Rock Institute (Hong Kong) is assembling a team and calling for collaboration to study the effects of the Statutory Minimum Wage Bill enacted last month
Youth uniting for a freer India, the Liberal Youth Forum (India) has launched its first edition of its e-newsletter, including testimonials from young Indians on their idea of a "free campus"
Why is it so popular to advocate for the "right to food?" Laura Freschi at AidWatch on the debate to include it in the Indian Constitution
Tracking state expenditures in Bulgaria, a new initiative from the Institute for Market Economics (Bulgaria) to observe and thoroughly analyze government spending, starting with observations of the first year under the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB)
Less than one month to European Resource Bank, hosted by Taxpayers' Alliance (United Kingdom) in London September 8-10
Importance of think tanks in the UK, The Economist on the influence of policy shops, including the Institute for Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute
Terence Kealey in Esquire Russia, on why the Kremlin should not spend 110 billion rubles funding science
Speak Swedish?, check out Timbro's Bookstore with classic titles from Robert Nozick and Adam Smith, as well as Timbro scholars on Swedish policy issues
Liberal Camp in Ukraine, a four-day intensive program discussing market reforms in Odessa from August 16-20, sponsored by the Ukrainian Reform Support Foundation and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
North America
The Power of One Entrepreneur, the Institute for Justice (US) has released a series of studies profiling the lives of five real entrepreneurs, expanding its work humanizing the cause of economic liberty
Students for Liberty has a new website, and make sure to check out its semester kick-off conferences in October in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and more
Burning Man on the Water?, WIRED covers the Seasteading Institute's annual Ephemerisle event on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Latin America
"Youth and the Fate of the Nation," the first annual seminar held by Formaci�n y Acci�n (Venezuela) teaching philosophy and economics to more than 300 students from six different Latin American countries will be held October 2nd
Transparent elections in Argentina, Foro Republicano (Argentina) has partnered with over a dozen organizations to form SoyFiscal, a campaign to promote free, fair and transparent elections in 2011
Think tank leaders, email with your news of accomplishments and upcoming projects.
Upcoming Events
Two Exciting New Atlas Events at the September SPN Meeting!
Will you be at the State Policy Network Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio from September 12-15? If so, join Atlas for two special events.
Reclaiming Your American Heritage

On Sunday, Sept. 12th, Atlas is co-sponsoring with SPN, an afternoon seminar with Atlas Vice President of International Programs, Tom Palmer, titled Reclaiming Your American Heritage: The Intellectual Tools You Need to Tame Big Government. To find out more and register, click here.
The State Energy and Climate Policy Summit
Also, on Wednesday, Sept. 15th stick around after the SPN meeting for the State Energy and Climate Policy Summit: a series of round table discussions with national and state think tank experts on the development of winning strategies to push back against the tide of bad energy and climate policies at the state level. Visit here to find out more and register...
Arabic Freedom School in Marrakech
On July 18-24, Atlas's Arabic-language program,, held its 3rd Arabic Freedom School in Marrakech, Morocco titled "The Arab world and the problem of development: approaches in thought and practice." The event attracted more than four hours of broadcasting by local and international radio stations, as well as 36 articles in the Arab press. To watch a short video capturing the event visit here, and to see photos visit here.
Leonard Liggio: Why do some Socialists support market reforms?

"On July 30, Atlas sponsored a symposium on the legacy of Milton Friedman on the anniversary of his birth. I had the honor to be one of the speakers. Some of the discussion referred to Milton Friedman's lectures at the Catholic University of Chile and the influence that his lectures had on the economic reforms there. In passing it was noted that the success of the Chilean economic reforms have not been followed in many Latin American countries. It struck me that there is more to this development." Keep reading...
Dr. Manuel F. Ayau, 1925-2010

Atlas and friends bid farewell to a great entrepreneur of ideas and champion of liberty. Manuel "Muso" Ayau, founder of Universidad Francisco Marroqu�n (Guatemala), died on August 4th. He is remembered by Atlas staff and friends on this tribute page.
National School Choice Week Scheduled for January 2011
During a great conference in San Francisco last week, the Gleason Foundation announced a plan for National School Choice Week, to be held January 23-29, 2011. The goal is to speak with a loud, clear voice in favor of education reforms that are clearly in the best interests of children, and which may have special resonance given the budgetary pressures that will face newly elected legislatures. Get informed and get involved!
Also, while this is aimed at school choice in the U.S., at Atlas we'd be very happy to hear from our partners abroad, about how you're advancing the school choice debate as well. Drop a note to
2nd Annual Sound Money Essay Contest
Is the world economy in crisis because it lacks the fundamentals of sound money? If you believe that sound money is the key to our recovery, tell us why. Join Atlas's 2nd Annual Sound Money Essay Contest and win cash prizes. This year's theme is "money in crisis." Deadline is January 15th, 2011.
Freedom and Development in Francophone Africa
On July 27-29, Atlas's French-language program, along with the newly-launched l'Audace Institut Afrique (C�te d'Ivoire), held a seminar in Grand-Bassam, C�te d'Ivoire bringing together graduate students, entrepreneurs, government officials and international institutions from a number of French-speaking countries around the theme of "freedom and development." Led by Professor Mamadou Koulibaly, president of l'Audace Institut Afrique, discussions addressed the crucial problems of weak institutions, lack of clarity in ownership, business climates, and the transmission of information through the media. Read more, watch videos and see pictures here and here.
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