Europe Events

15th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: Slovakia’s Road to Freedom and Democracy

November 14, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Pavol Demes will discuss Slovakia’s road to freedom and democracy

The AIDS Conspiracy: KGB and Stasi Disinformation

October 28, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
In the second half of the 1980s, the KGB conducted an international disinformation campaign accusing the U.S. of having artificially constructed the virus that causes AIDS at the Pentagon’s laboratory for biological warfare in Fort Detrick, Maryland. On the basis of his research with scholar Christopher Nehring in the archives of the former communist secret police in Bulgaria, Germany, and the Czech Republic, Douglas Selvage will present new details about the disinformation campaign and the key supporting role played by the KGB’s “fraternal organ,” the East German Ministry of State Security or Stasi.
Webcast

World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-first Century (Book Launch)

October 23, 2014 // 10:00am12:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
'World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-first Century' seeks to provide the top-level insights and detailed projections that policymakers and researchers need to make decisions supporting sustainable development in the 21st century. This book is the culmination of an international effort of more than 550 population experts, led by researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Wittgenstein Centre in Vienna. It provides multi-dimensional projections of age, gender, and education distributions for 195 countries through the year 2100.

The Rise of Global Anti-Semitism

October 22, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Seventy years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is once again being expressed publicly and violently. Classic anti-Semitic tropes are freely expressed; signs reading “Jews to the gas” and “Hitler should have finished the job,” are common; and Jews have been attacked and murdered. Two panelists will discuss this phenomenon, which is especially prevalent in Europe and the Middle East.
Webcast

Does Democracy Matter?

October 20, 2014 // 9:00am2:30pm
Kennan Institute
Taking stock of democracy promotion over the past 30 years, what are its strengths and weaknesses? If U.S. and European democracy promotion should be continued, how can it be better targeted and reformed to more effectively advance democratization in post-authoritarian societies? If such assistance programs deserve to be terminated, should there be alternative policies to support human rights and other aspects of pluralism?
Photo: Wenceslas Square, 17 November, 1989
Webcast

Promoting Free Media: Informing the 1989 Velvet Revolution and the Challenge Today

October 16, 2014 // 2:00pm6:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Czechs and Slovaks regained their freedom in November 1989 through non-violent protests in Prague, Bratislava, and other towns of then Czechoslovakia. Their Velvet Revolution climaxed a decade of renewed civic challenges to a repressive Communist regime that began with Charter 77 dissidents including Vaclav Havel and accelerated after 1986. Twenty five years after the Velvet Revolution, Europe today is whole and free, but democracy and prerequisite independent media are on the decline in much of the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. RFE/RL, now operating from Prague, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network, and Radio Marti, all publicly funded by the U.S. Congress, work to redress the information deficit.

From Sarajevo, 1914 to Southeastern Europe, 2014: Wars, Transitions and Controversies

October 15, 2014 // 11:30am1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Drawing on recent scholarship and addressing recent controversies, John Lampe, traces the saga of Southeastern Europe from the explosive mixture of Balkan states and imperial borderlands before the First World War, through the trials that their successors faced during two world wars, the Cold War, and finally the wars of Yugoslavia's dissolution.

Film Screening: "Liberty Train, Next Stop Freedom"

October 10, 2014 // 3:00pm6:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
"Liberty Train, Next Stop Freedom" portrays the dramatic events surrounding the mass occupation of the West German embassy in Prague by East German refugees seeking permission to leave for the West. Negotiations between East and West Germany in late September 1989 led to their release and their travel by special trains from Prague to West Germany via the GDR on a chilly night at the end of September. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with two Germans who grew up and experienced the revolutionary changes of 1989-90 in East Germany.
Webcast

Transatlantic Relations at a Time of Crisis: Common Threats, Different Responses?

October 10, 2014 // 9:30am5:00pm
Global Europe Program
This event is a full day conference, held at the Center for American Studies (CAS) in Rome, which will discuss security, Russia’s relations with the West, and instability in the Middle East, featuring former policymakers and practitioners from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.

Hearing of the European High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

October 06, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
The President-elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker presented his new team of 28 Commissioners, who will now be scrutinised by the European Parliament through hearings taking place from 29 September to 7 October. One of the most high-profile hearings will surround the designated High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, who also will serve as Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini.

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