Eastern Europe Events

The Racist Paradox and the Failure of Minority Policies in Central and East Europe since 1989

January 28, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
The economic, political, social, and moral transformation in Central and East Europe remains unparalleled in terms of the depth of the reforms and the speed with which they were carried out. Among these reforms, these countries adopted European minority rights standards (as determined by the Council of Europe) in order to become European Union members. Nevertheless, although legal norms have been adopted to the highest degree, Michal Vasecka argued that minorities throughout Central and East Europe do not enjoy equal status with the titular nation and are not integrated socially or politically. Minority policies, Vasecka asserted, have failed, and it is important to address this failure in order to stem growing nationalism in these states.

Serbia Confronts 2009: Opportunities and Challenges

January 21, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Ivan Vujacic, ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the United States

Challenges to EU and US Policy in the Western Balkans

January 14, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
After eight years of relative neglect, James Lyon expressed hope that the Western Balkan region would ascend in U.S. foreign policy priorities under the Obama administration, not only due to the Clinton administration's legacy there, but also because of the crisis that is currently brewing, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Current policy, in which the U.S. has encouraged the EU to integrate the region into its institutional structures, has had variable success throughout the region. While Croatia is very close to being granted member status and Macedonia and Montenegro have made marked progress, the EU enlargement strategy has failed to gain traction in Bosnia or Serbia. Meanwhile, Kosovo creates special challenges, since there is strong opposition to its independence, not only by Serbia but also by certain EU member states.

Paying for the Past: Perceived Costs of Justice in Postcommunist States

December 10, 2008 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Brian Grodsky, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland-Baltimore County and EES-Title VIII Supported Research Scholar

Democracy and Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights

December 04, 2008 // 3:00pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Mrs. Eleonora Cercavschi, a human rights activist and the 2008 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, spoke on Democracy and Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights. The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Samuel Donaldson, Chairman of the Wilson Council, and provided introductory remarks.

Elections in Romania: Challenges and Implications

December 03, 2008 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Vladimir Tismaneanu, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland-College Park and WWICS Fellow

Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture--Strengthening US-Slovak Cooperation and the Transatlantic Partnership: Opportunities and Challenges in Today's World

November 21, 2008 // 9:00am10:00am
Global Europe Program
A Director's Forum with His Excellency Jan Kubis, Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic

Do Markets Punish EU Backsliders?

November 12, 2008 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Julia Gray, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Transnational Networks, Domestic Democratic Activists and Defeat of Dictators: Slovakia, Croatia and Serbia, from 1998 to 2000

November 05, 2008 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Valerie Bunce, Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and Professor of Government, Cornell University; Sharon L. Wolchik, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University and Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy

High Crimes, High Drama: A Preview of the Karadzic Trial

October 29, 2008 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Michael P. Scharf, Professor of Law and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law