Democracy Events

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Enlarging the European Union

September 18, 2013 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
The first enlargement was one of the most divisive and politically charged events in the history of the present-day European Union. French opposition to British membership meant that London had to wait more than a decade at the Community's door. Other countries, including Denmark and Ireland, whose requests for membership were tied to the coat-tails of the British applications, had to endure a similar wait. Enlarging the European Union focuses on the early history of the EU and in particular the role played by the European Commission, an institution whose aim was to gain influence over the Community's agenda and to shape its policies, including the issue of enlargement. Enlarging the European Union explores the Commission's interaction with the member states and the applicant countries between the years 1961 and 1973 and also the Commission's attempts to gain and wield influence over the first enlargement round.
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Springtime in Asia? Challenges Ahead for Asia’s Authoritarian States

September 17, 2013 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Asia Program
Wilson Center Senior Scholar Nobuo Fukuda will explore the expectations of democratic transitions in Asian nations like Burma, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and China in the wake of the Arab Spring.
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The Changing Contours of Civil Society in China: The Growth of Grassroots NGOs and Public Advocacy

July 18, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The recent Chinese leadership transition is a useful opportunity to re-evaluate the current state of Chinese civil society. Is the space for civil society growing or shrinking in China? Is the concept of civil society even relevant today? Shawn Shieh, Director and Editor of China Development Brief, China's longest-running platform reporting on China's civil society, social development and philanthropic sectors will discuss the Brief's most recent findings.
Podcast

Briefing: Egypt in Crisis

July 11, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
In this audio briefing, experienced observers on the ground in Cairo and analysts from the U.S. examine the ouster of President Morsi, the path to democracy, and the implications for political Islam in the region.

Protests in Brazil: Why now? What do they mean?

July 03, 2013 // 8:30am10:00am
Brazil Institute
The Brazil Institute and the Inter American Dialogue convene a panel to discuss the ongoing protests in Brazil.
Podcast

Briefing: Egypt on the Brink

July 01, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
In this audio briefing, experienced observers on the ground in Cairo and analysts from the U.S. examine the protests in Egypt and the possibilities for government reaction.
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Turkey and the Arab Spring

June 13, 2013 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
Members of the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Strategic Research Center will discuss Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East in the context of the Arab Spring. They will try to shed light on the factors that influenced Turkey's response to the democratic uprisings of the last three years, with special emphasis on the Syrian case. The Strategic Research Center is the Ministry's in-house think-tank to establish channels of communication between policy makers and the academic and research community. It also works as a consultative body to provide foreign policy decision makers with scholarly assessments of relevant issues and reviews Turkish foreign policy with a future perspective.
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The Current Political Situation in Myanmar: Perspectives from the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw

June 13, 2013 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Members of Parliament from Myanmar discuss the current political situation in their country and the road ahead.

Reform, Revolution or Status Quo? Regional Dynamics in a Changing Arab World (hosted at USIP)

June 12, 2013 // 10:00am11:30am
Middle East Program
Some experts predicted that the “Arab Spring” rebellions would widen the strategic, political, and even ideological gap between Arab states undergoing dramatic change and those defending the status quo. In fact, no such clear breach has occurred. Instead, Dawisha argues that sectarian tensions and economic constraints have dampened the potentially “incendiary” effect of the Arab political revolts. Please join us at USIP for an engaging discussion on these dynamics in the Middle East with Dawisha, the State Department’s Dafna Rand, and USIP’s Daniel Brumberg.
Webcast

The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective

June 05, 2013 // 10:00am5:30pm
Global Europe Program
“The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective: Dramatic Transitions in Recent Decades” conference took place on June 4th and 5th in Washington, D.C., co-organized by American University’s School of International Service, the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars’ Brazil Institute, Global Europe Program, Mexico Institute, and Middle East Studies Program. The aim of this initial workshop was to consider dramatic transitional experiences in Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, and Eastern Europe and included a series of panels examining specific facets of transitional experiences: constitutional developments (including democratic reforms); economic and social affairs; justice and human rights issues; the evolving experiences of women; external pressures and interventions. In each case, a commentator with expertise on the Middle East and North Africa was asked to reflect on the possible relevance of other “transitional” experiences to understanding the dynamics and prospects of the “Arab Spring.” These reflections also served as the primary task of the workshop’s concluding Round Table discussion.

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