Eastern Europe Events

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

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
Webcast

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

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