Democratic Transition Events
January 23, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The destruction of the monuments of the Soviet past and a buildup of new monuments was supposed to be an indication of the new values that came to the post-Soviet societies after the collapse of the Soviet system. However, not everywhere and not always did it happen to be true. While in Poland the new monuments were accepted by the society in appreciative manner, in Ukraine, Estonia, and Georgia we watched the so-called phenomenon of “The War of the Monuments” when the removal of the old monuments and creation of the new ones was followed by protests and sometimes even riots. Around Russia many old monuments to Lenin remained at place while new monuments to the Russian tsars were erected. All of this basically resulted with a chaos of the views and attitudes and led to the devaluation of the monument as a symbol in the post-Soviet space.
January 20, 2012 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Hispanic Division, Library of Congress hosted the launch of two new books, Mexico: What Everyone Needs to Know, and Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009, by Roderic Camp.
DRC Country Consultation: A Private Discussion with Harriet Solloway, Head of the Rule of Law Section in MONUSCO
January 05, 2012 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
On January 5th, Harriet Solloway, Head of the Rule of Law Section for the Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en République Démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO), came to the Wilson Center. She lead a private discussion with representatives from the US government, private sector and the NGO community on post-electoral developments in the DRC.
December 06, 2011 // 9:00am — 2:00pm
Middle East Program
"A year has passed, and the state of play remains uncertain. Spring has turned to autumn, and autumn to winter," said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde during a conference on the gap between development and governance in the Arab world.
November 15, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Middle East Program
The initiation of the Egyptian parliamentary elections on November 28 presented a critical test for Egypt's fragile transition to democratic rule and was watched closely throughout the region and the world.
November 09, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:15pm
In an upcoming Asia Program book launch of Shelley Rigger’s, "Why Taiwan Matters," Rigger explores Taiwan's importance to China, the United States, and the world.
The Arab Spring and its Impact on the Situation in Africa and Russian-U.S. Bilateral Cooperation in the Region
November 07, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
October 31, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
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.
October 20, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
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.
October 17, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
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.