Eastern Europe Events

The Gatekeepers of Christendom? Religious Politics and the Challenge of Islam in Eastern Europe

March 25, 2009 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Patrick Hyder Patterson, Assistant Professor of History, University of California-San Diego

Central and Eastern Europe and the Global Financial Crisis: Heightened Risks and Rising Vulnerabilities

March 18, 2009 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
To varying degrees, the global economic crisis has not only stalled the dramatic economic growth of postcommunist East Europe, but has also pushed some countries into recession. Sharon Fisher presented an in-depth analysis of the economies of Central and Eastern Europe and assessed their ability to recover from the recession.

Transnational Integration Regimes as Development Programs

March 04, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Gerald A. McDermott, Associate Professor, Sonoco International Business Department, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Party systems and the EU Accession Process in Serbia and Croatia

February 25, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Andrew Konitzer, associate professor of political science, Samford University

Into the Weeds: Obstacles to Good Governance in the Balkans

February 18, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Mark Baskin, senior associate and research professor, Center for International Development, Rockefeller College, University of Albany; Paula Pickering, associate professor of government, College of William and Mary

Trade as a U.S. Development Tool: Notes from Southeast Europe

February 12, 2009 // 9:00am10:30am
Global Europe Program
Ioannis Tsorbatzoglou, Coordinator for the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative PRO Committees (SECIPRO), discussed the tumultuous conditions that existed prior to the establishment of SECI in 1996. Noting that with change comes instability, Tsorbatzoglou highlighted regional and ethnic conflicts that had erupted with the collapse of Yugoslavia as well as the high rates of inflation and rising unemployment. True change, said Tsorbatzoglou, did not come to the region until 1996.

Soft Borders: Rethinking the Nation State in Southeast Europe

February 11, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Julie Mostov, associate vice provost for international programs and professor of political science, Drexel University

A Few Bumps in the Road: Obstacles to State-Building in Bosnia and Herzegovina

February 04, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Douglas Davidson, Visiting Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund

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