Democratic Transition Events
September 04, 2012 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Concerned for the future of his country, and dedicated to peace and democracy, Rudwan attended a peaceful demonstration on July 3rd to protest the Sudanese government’s recent austerity policies, and ongoing violence in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Darfur. Subsequently, Rudwan was arrested, beaten until unconscious, tortured, charged with terrorism, and retained in prison for 44 days.
August 22, 2012 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Nigeria, a country of vast potential, is beset with enormous development challenges regarding governance, economic growth, and security.
August 14, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:00am
It is crucial for the international community to understand the implications of attacks on civil society for the development of democratic governance in these countries and, more importantly, to identify effective ways to respond to them.
July 16, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Middle East Program
What if the Syrian opposition doesn't unite? Are the Alawites preparing for a separate state? Are the Kurds? What is the likely impact of a Sunni dominated Syrian government on the region? How much U.S. intervention is the right amount? Landis discusses these questions and the future of Syria.
June 26, 2012 // 1:15pm — 5:40pm
As part of the Embassy of South Africa’s “South Africa 2012,” the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) & the Wilson Center Present: South Africa: The Future Ahead.
June 26, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Middle East Program
Ismail Serageldin discusses how Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) saw the rebirth of an ancient institution of scholarship and learning. For eight years in Mubarak’s Egypt, the BA was a beacon for freedom and enlightenment, and helped promote the deep currents that fed Egypt’s revolution in the Arab Spring. Yet its own values and commitments were and are being put to the test as the Egyptian people challenge authority and take charge of their own destiny.
June 20, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Middle East Program
Legal Culture and Anti-Corruption Reform: Preliminary Findings of National Survey and Focus Groups Data
June 14, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Global Europe Program
As Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo aim to harmonize their laws with the European Union, little is known about their legal culture and the extent to which European legal transfers are accepted in these countries. Using nationally representative surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews in Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo, this research project maps legal cultures in these countries and investigates the limits of anti-corruption reform.
June 12, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is clear that democracy has failed to take root in most former Soviet republics. Based on extensive field research in the region, Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Research Scholars Jody LaPorte and Danielle Lussier will discuss the varieties of non-democratic regimes that have developed and will offer some explanations for the failure of democracy in Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.
May 09, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Authors and scholars Alexander Cooley and Alexander Kupatadze discuss their research into the interplay of geopolitics and local networks across Central Asia. Cooley explores the dynamics of the new competition between Russia, China and the United States over the region since 9/11, as well as how small states’ interaction with great powers advances our understanding of how world politics actually works in the contemporary era of diminishing Western influence and rising new regional powers. Author Alexander Kupatadze will discuss the diverging trajectories of organized crime in post-Soviet Eurasia focusing on professional criminals (so-called vory-v-zakone) in Georgia and drug smuggling groups in Kyrgyzstan.