Democracy Promotion Events

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Governance and Democratic Politics in Honduras

December 08, 2009 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
The event sought to examine the status of democratic governance in Honduras in light of the June 28 coup d'état, November presidential elections, and prospects for reconciliation in the post-electoral period.

From Recipient to Donor: New Europe Promotes Democracy in the Neighborhood

November 18, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
During his first official trip to Europe representing the new administration, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden highlighted the importance of re-energizing democracy promotion efforts in East Europe. Yet, since the postcommunist transition began 20 years ago, not only the methods but also the actors involved in democracy promotion have changed considerably. Most strikingly, postcommunist countries that have been relatively successful in their own transitions to democracy have emerged as key players in democracy promotion in the Western Balkans and former Soviet states. Tsveta Petrova identified these new actors, analyzed their motivations, and characterized the methods they use to promote democracy beyond their own borders.
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Populism of the 21st Century

October 08, 2009 // 9:00am6:00pm
Latin American Program
The Latin American Program hosted a distinguished group of Latin American, U.S., and European scholars to discuss the revival of populism in Latin America and its consequences for the future of democratic governance in the region.
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Latin America and the Caribbean: Economic Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Crisis

September 11, 2009 // 11:30am12:30pm
Latin American Program
Alicia Barcena addressed the global financial crisis in Latin America, re-thinking the role of the state in development and new fiscal covenant.

Embracing Democracy in the Western Balkans: A Progress Report

April 29, 2009 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Lenard Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University; John Lampe, Professor of History, University of Maryland-College Park

Into the Weeds: Obstacles to Good Governance in the Balkans

February 18, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Mark Baskin, senior associate and research professor, Center for International Development, Rockefeller College, University of Albany; Paula Pickering, associate professor of government, College of William and Mary
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Democracy and Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights

December 04, 2008 // 3:00pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Mrs. Eleonora Cercavschi, a human rights activist and the 2008 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, spoke on Democracy and Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights. The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Samuel Donaldson, Chairman of the Wilson Council, and provided introductory remarks.
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Democracy as a Challenge - The 2007 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture, with Anatoli Mikhailov

November 15, 2007 // 3:00pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
On November 15, 2007, the Woodrow Wilson Center co-hosted the third annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture in collaboration with the Ratiu Family Foundation and the Ratiu Democracy Center. The recipient of this year's award, Dr. Anatoli Mikhailov, Rector of the European Humanities University, currently in exile in Vilnius, Lithuania delivered a speech on Democracy as a Challenge. An introduction by former ambassador to Belarus, David Swartz, preceded Professor Mikhailov's address.
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The 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture: Are There Democracy Lessons Arabs Can Learn From Eastern Europe?

November 30, 2006 // 3:30pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Dr. Saad Ibrahim, professor at the American University in Cairo and the recipient of the 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award delivered the 2nd annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture key-note address: Are There Democracy Lessons Arabs Can Learn From Eastern Europe? Introductory remarks were provided by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed.

The EU's Democracy Promotion Dilemmas

May 17, 2006 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Jacques Rupnik, Director of Research, Center for International Studies and Research at the Institute for Political Studies in Paris and currently Visiting Professor at the Department of Government, Harvard University

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