A regional approach
The Ratiu Forum is a joint initiative by the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation,
the Ratiu Democracy Centre and the London School of Economics IDEAS Think Tank, currently ranked leading university think tank in the world.
Romania and the Balkan region are priority areas of interest for The Ratiu Forum.
Who We Are
The Ratiu Forum operates at three main levels: sharing expertise through the support of LSE IDEAS, holding regular workshops and lectures, both in-house and public, on subjects of topical interest and expanding external outreach through partnerships with similar institutions.
The current activities of The Ratiu Forum focus on addressing specific areas of concern and threats on illiberal democracy at a national level in Romania. In 2019 and 2020 The Ratiu Forum are covering such subjects as the current state of Romanian Journalism, the various versions of History Teaching, (one which puts the lid on nationalism/populism), and through the Dialogues on Democracy lecture series on the Challenges to Liberal Democracy targeting young and upcoming politicians.
The Ratiu Forum utilizes a wide range of educational tools; from workshops and talks, to the publication of articles and books produced by LSE Ideas and partners on our website and available online.
Through our London based foundation, The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation and Transylvanian Conference Centre we offer venues for gatherings, workshops and conferences available and open to the public.
We support the development of citizens in the Balkan region by sharing broader views from other members of the region in order to encourage lateral thinking and intellectually rigorous responses to society’s challenges.
We succeed through the strong partnership with LSE IDEAS think tank due to the level of expertise they bring.
The Ratiu Forum is building a strong international reputation among policy-makers, academics, and NGOs, as well as a prominent regional presence. This reputation is built on delivering exceptional public and professional programmes that promote and strengthen regional democracy and democratic values.
ROMANIA NEEDS TO RETHINK ITS HISTORY WITH REFERENCE TO DEVELOPING A NARRATIVE THAT RECOGNIZES AND RESPECTS ITS ETHNIC RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL PLURALITY
ROMANIA NEEDS TO RETHINK THE WAY IT SEES ITSELF AND ITS PLACE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE REGION
ROMANIA NEEDS TO ADDRESS THE REQUIREMENTS OF JOURNALISTS, STUDENTS AND ACADEMICS WITH REFERENCE TO THE ROLE OF HISTORY WITHIN ROMANIA AND IN THE REGION IN FORMING ATTITUDES AND OPINIONS; THE EUROPEAN UNION, WHAT IT DOES AND HOW IT WORKS AND IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON DEMOCRACY AND YOUNG PEOPLE