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DRC Update: Overview on Security and Development by Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon

February 06, 2013 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
This event featured remarks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Prime Minister, H.E. Matata Ponyo Mapon, on matters regarding the country’s security and path to development. This discussion also featured Cynthia Akuetteh, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs as a panelist.
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Director's Forum: The United States – Africa Partnership: The Last Four Years and Beyond

January 16, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
Ambassador Carson reviewed the progress the United States and Africa have made together over the last four years in addressing Africa’s challenges and unlocking the continent’s potential, and will look ahead to some of the challenges Africa will face going forward.
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Participatory Democracy and Public Housing

December 03, 2012 // 9:00am12:30pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
A panel of experts discuss the latest research on the benefits of participatory democracy. Is it possible to apply lessons learned from global experiences in participatory governance to public housing in the U.S. so that residents can help determine and thereby improve their own living environments?
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“The African Union 2012 and Beyond”: The Vision of Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

November 29, 2012 // 5:00pm6:00pm
Africa Program
The event featured Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, African Union Commission Chairperson, as she discussed her leadership plans and goals for the African Union and its member states. Dr. Dlamini Zuma, former South African Foreign Minister and anti-apartheid activist, is the newly elected African Union Commission chairperson and is the first woman to ever fill this position.
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Brazil’s Challenging 2013 Outlook

November 20, 2012 // 9:30am12:00pm
Brazil Institute
On Tuesday November 20, the Brazil Institute convenes a panel to discuss recent political outcomes and the outlook for 2013.
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Twenty Years of Independence: Reflections on Freedom and Democracy

November 16, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
This Director's Forum will feature Martin Bútora, Honorary President of the Institute for Public Affairs in Bratislava and former Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States (1999-2003). Ambassador Bútora will deliver the keynote address at the 13th annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture.
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Euro-Atlantic Integration and Ethno-nationalism – Two Dynamics at Work in Bosnia and Herzegovina

November 16, 2012 // 9:00am10:00am
Global Europe Program
Bosnia and Herzegovina still has the potential to catch up with other countries in the region on the Euro-Atlantic path and to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity. Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, will discuss the international and domestic factors that may facilitate, or impede the country's Euro-Atlantic integraton.

Crisis of Democracy or Renaissance of Authoritarinism? Authoritarian Challenges to New Democracies in the Western Balkans

November 14, 2012 // 3:30pm4:30pm
Global Europe Program
In the last few years and in the course of global crisis we have been observing growing authoritarian challenges to New Democracies in the Western Balkans. Such crisis changes the political landscape of the region resulting in an adaptation of political elites and modes of rule, and seeking for new tools to retain power and secure the legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry. Vedran Dzihic, assistant professor at the Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Vienna, argues that current regimes in the Western Balkans increasingly seek answers to the political crisis by combining democratic with (newly) authoritarian practices and policies.
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Towards the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria

November 08, 2012 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Africa Program
In 2011, the Federal Republic of Nigeria held presidential and parliamentary elections which were widely deemed successful by international standards. However, the post-election violence that erupted after the results were announced indicated societal rifts that may pose challenges for Africa’s most populous country and the importance of beginning preparations for the 2015 election immediately.

Democracy Promotion in Times of Austerity: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe

November 08, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Can the democratic transition in Central and Eastern Europe in the past twenty years be instructive? How has the current economic crisis in Europe impacted democratization on the Western Balkans? By comparing various successful approaches towards promoting democracy in the CEE region, Pavol Demes, transatlantic academy fellow at the German Marshall Fund, derives conclusions about the challenges that new democracies in the Middle East, as well as the former Soviet space may face.

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