Democracy Events

Religion and Values in the Formation of a Democratic Public Space in Latin America

March 22, 2010 // 12:30pm1:30pm
Latin American Program
Catalina Romero discusses the role of the Catholic Church in development of democracy in Peru.
Webcast

Lebanon: Is Real Reform Possible?

March 10, 2010 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
Mohammad A. Safadi, Minister of Economy and Trade and Member of Parliament, Republic of Lebanon

Ricardo Lagos, Former President of Chile

March 09, 2010 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Latin American Program
Former President Lagos commented on Latin American views of the United States and Obama administration policy and on the need for global cooperation and dialogue to solve issues such as climate change.
Webcast

Chile's Presidential Elections: A Report from the Field

January 21, 2010 // 8:00am9:30am
Latin American Program
At a Latin American Program seminar, Chilean scholar Patricio Navia of New York University discussed the decline of the Concertación coalition, Piñera's and the Alianza's success, and the future political outlook for Chile.
Webcast

Democratization as a Source of Tension Between the United States and Egypt

December 14, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
Heba Elkoudsy, Visiting Arab Journalist, Woodrow Wilson Center

Support for Democracy From Poland to Serbia to Georgia: The Role of Supranational Identity, International Institutions, and Soft Power

December 09, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Competing democratization theories analyze various factors—such as economic development, history, culture, or elite inclination—to determine the propensity of a particular state to become democratic. Each of these theories has distinct policy implications for external democracy promoters. Ryan Kennedy suggested another factor, based on social identity theory, which posits that diplomacy figures much more prominently in democracy promotion than current practice would suggest.
Webcast

10th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

December 09, 2009 // 9:00am10:00am
Global Europe Program
Mirek Topolanek remarked that, at the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the democratic development of the Czech Republic is entering uncharted territory. To date, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have been governed democratically for a record 20 years. Although the legend of Tomas Masaryk is often remembered as the golden age of democratic thought, the first and second republics proved to be only an intermediate step to the authoritarian Communist period. "Twenty years is just the ‘half time,'" Topolanek argued, and the next two decades should be spent ensuring that the new generations continue to appreciate the sacrifices their parents made for freedom and democracy.
Webcast

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.
Webcast

Uruguay's Presidential Race: A Post-Election Assessment

December 04, 2009 // 8:00am9:30am
Latin American Program
Two distinguished scholars of contemporary Uruguay's politics and economics interpreted the election results and what they portend for the future of Uruguay.

Prisons and Protests: Covering Iran After the Election

November 30, 2009 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Middle East Program
Iason Athanasiadis, Freelance journalist; Barbara Slavin, Assistant Managing Editor, World and National Security, The Washington Times; Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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