Democratic Transition Events
February 12, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
In any given week, from North Korea to Iran and across the Middle East, from China to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar, through Africa and India to Russia, Belarus, Central Asia and Cuba, 165 million people—equivalent to more than half the U.S. population—tune into the radio and television programs of U.S. International Broadcasting (USIB) by satellite, Internet and in some cases cooperating local radio stations. After more than half a century, Congressionally-funded U.S. broadcasting remains the leading edge of American soft power—the principal means by which the United States speaks directly to less free and impoverished nations.
February 11, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
This event featured a presentation by Reverend Frank Chikane on the issues that will face South Africa over the next four years. Chikane has served as Director General for every South African President since 1994 and brings a unique “insider’s” perspective and unparalleled experience with regard to governance in South Africa.
February 06, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:30am
This event featured remarks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Prime Minister, H.E. Matata Ponyo Mapon, on matters regarding the country’s security and path to development. This discussion also featured Cynthia Akuetteh, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs as a panelist.
January 16, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Ambassador Carson reviewed the progress the United States and Africa have made together over the last four years in addressing Africa’s challenges and unlocking the continent’s potential, and will look ahead to some of the challenges Africa will face going forward.
December 13, 2012 // 9:30am — 10:30am
Global Women's Leadership Initiative
Her Excellency Roza Otunbayeva, former President of the Kyrgyz Republic, will speak on women's leadership in times of political transitions.
November 30, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Middle East Program
The Arab Spring is shifting the balance of power in the Arab World. Egypt's pre-eminence among Arab states is under challenge from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In this period of crisis and change, who will speak for, and lead, the Arab states?
November 29, 2012 // 5:00pm — 6:00pm
The event featured Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, African Union Commission Chairperson, as she discussed her leadership plans and goals for the African Union and its member states. Dr. Dlamini Zuma, former South African Foreign Minister and anti-apartheid activist, is the newly elected African Union Commission chairperson and is the first woman to ever fill this position.
November 16, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
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.
November 16, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:00am
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 // 3:30pm — 4:30pm
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.