Democracy Events

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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.
Photo by Mona Youssef
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Lebanon and the Arab World in Transition

November 14, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Fuad Siniora, former Prime Minister of Lebanon, discussed the dynamism of the Arab Spring and expressed optimism that current trends can lead to greater dialogue and democracy in the Middle East.
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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.

On the Move for Being “Gej” (Gay): Sexuality Rights, Migration, and Democratic Consolidation in Southeast Europe

November 05, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, where in the world do you belong? Today, the growing visibility and activism among those whose gender identity or sexual orientation is outside of the culturally accepted norms in Southeast Europe is coinciding with international and European pressures to protect sexual and gender differences as basic human rights.

Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections: Assessment of Process and Results

November 02, 2012 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
Cosponsored by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University; Krytyka Institute; and Krytyka Magazine // The Ukrainians are about to elect their 7th Parliament on 28 October 2012. The new Verkhovna Rada is expected to approve a set of amendments to the Constitution and Laws critical to the democratic future of Ukraine. So far the Ukrainian electoral process already has a mixed assessment from the international and local observers. A group of experts will meet at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to provide their informed opinion regarding the quality of the Ukrainian elections and their results.

Croatia and Serbia: Two New Governments, Two Sets of Challenges

October 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
This presentation will discuss political changes that the two new governments elected to office in Croatia in November 2011 and in Serbia in May 2012 bring to the landscape of political parties, regional cooperation and EU accession politics in South Eastern Europe.

18th Inuit Studies Conference 2012

October 24, 2012 // 9:00amOctober 28, 2012 // 6:00pm
Canada Institute
The 18th Inuit Studies Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., from October 24 to October 28, 2012, across the Smithsonian campus on the National Mall. The conference will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including climate change and indigenous peoples; international cooperation in the Arctic; roles of museums and museum collections in preserving Inuit languages, heritage, and culture; governmental programs in the northern regions and their interactions with local communities; and Inuit cultural/political institutions.

Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria

October 22, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Why did the uprisings in Egypt and Syria turn out so differently? In his recent book, Adaptable Autocrats, Joshua Stacher argues the different outcomes are a product of how executive power flowed before the protests began.

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