Democratic Transition Events

Ukraine at Twenty: How Strong is the Young State? How Resilient Society?

October 31, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Greene will examine the strength of Ukraine’s society and state after twenty years of independence, in light of a modern understanding of state power and societal resilience. He will also discuss how internal and external actions could help improve the mobilization of strategic resources – improving national security and societal development.

Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism

October 20, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Lost in Transition tells of ordinary lives upended by the collapse of communism. Through ethnographic essays and short stories based on her experiences with Eastern Europe between 1989 and 2009, Kristen Ghodsee explains why it is that so many Eastern Europeans are nostalgic for the communist past. Ghodsee uses Bulgaria, the Eastern European nation where she has spent the most time, as a lens for exploring the broader transition from communism to democracy. She locates the growing nostalgia for the communist era in the disastrous, disorienting way that the transition was handled. The privatization process was contested and chaotic. A few well-connected foreigners and a new local class of oligarchs and criminals used the uncertainty of the transition process to take formerly state-owned assets for themselves. Ordinary people inevitably felt that they had been robbed. Many people lost their jobs just as the state social-support system disappeared. Lost in Transition portrays one of the most dramatic upheavals in modern history by describing the ways that it interrupted the rhythms of everyday lives, leaving confusion, frustration, and insecurity in its wake.
Webcast

The Contested Legacy of the Berlin Wall

October 17, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Hope Harrison, Wilson Center public policy scholar speaks on the mixed legacy of the Berlin Wall in German consciousness and history, in regards to the recent efforts to preserve parts of the wall.
Webcast

The Other R.O.K.: Memories of Authoritarianism in Democratic South Korea

October 11, 2011 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Asia Program
As citizens of a vibrant democracy, how do South Koreans remember their nation's authoritarian past?
Webcast

Burundi: Prospects and Plans for 2011 and Beyond

September 28, 2011 // 9:00am10:15am
Africa Program
President Pierre Nkurunziza detailed the fight to create both a political and economic environment necessary in Burundi for investment, trade, and support from the international community.

Burundi Country Consultation

September 27, 2011 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Africa Program
The content of this discussion was focused on the current situation in Burundi and the role of the government and the international community in the development process. Significant progress has been made in terms of securing peace and a degree of social and economic stability in Burundi, yet much work remains to ensure a sustainable democratic future.
Webcast

Women and Democratic Transition in the Middle East

September 20, 2011 // 9:00am1:00pm
Middle East Program
Women throughout the world are working towards viable democracies but not without challenges. NPR Journalist Jacki Lynden and Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women Asma Khader joined other women leaders from the Arab and Islamic regions to address these challenges and examine the influences of the Arab Spring on women.
René Mauricio Valdés, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.
Webcast

Guatemala: A Post-Elections Assessment and Future Challenges

September 16, 2011 // 9:00am12:00pm
Latin American Program
A distinguished panel of experts will join us to discuss the primary electoral results as well as the country’s major security, political, and economic challenges.
Webcast

Sudan: From the CPA to Separation

September 08, 2011 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Africa Program
After the conclusion of a conflict that spanned five decades, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement outlined a pathway to bring about the end of the bloodletting and the birth of a new nation: The Republic of South Sudan. Tim McKulka, a photographer with UNMISS, presents, "We'll Make our Homes Here" a book about Sudan through the eyes and words of Sudanese people.

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