Europe Events

Marshall Plan for the Mind; The CIA Covert Book Program during the Cold War

January 15, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Cold War International History Project

Ireland: The Celtic Tiger Reborn?

December 16, 2014 // 11:00am1:00pm
Global Europe Program
The panel will discuss Ireland’s outlook as it faces major challenges ahead, in achieving a sustained economic recovery while maintaining financial stability.
Webcast

Between Alignment and Competition: Europe’s Pivot to Asia and Implications for the US

December 04, 2014 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Global Europe Program
President Obama used his recent trip to Asia to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the centerpiece of the US rebalance to the region. The US pivot represents a significant shift in the country’s foreign policy and has generated debate in Europe as to whether it should align with Washington or adopt a more autonomous position, considering that Europe too has rebalanced toward Asia in the last decade. The focus of the European pivot both competes with and complements that of the US.

Eva Braun: Life with Hitler

November 20, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
German historian Heike Göertemaker's book, Eva Braun: Life with Hitler, was a best-seller in Germany and has been translated into 15 languages. Göertemaker describes the important role Braun played in Hitler's inner circle, poking holes in the Nazi propaganda that Hitler had been the lonely 'Führer' married to Germany. Görtemaker has traced all the existing pieces of the puzzle of Braun’s story, compiling them into the first academic biography and a very different view of Hitler.
Webcast

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
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The Role of Ultra-Nationalism in Conflict and Crisis: Russia, Ukraine and the EU

November 12, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
This event highlighted the growing and complicated role of radical nationalist groups in European politics. It focused on the positions of Russian neo-fascist, fundamentalist, and ethnocentrist groups towards the Kremlin's recent foreign and domestic policies, as well as the complications resulting from Ukrainian nationalism in Kyiv's confrontation with Russia.The panel also addressed how Central and Western European populist and far right parties regard the events in Ukraine.

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
With UN demographers more certain than ever that global population will reach between 10 and 12 billion by the end of the century, the challenge of building a sustainable future seems daunting. But according to Wolfgang Lutz, founding director of the Vienna-based Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital, these projections miss one crucial variable: increasing levels of education.
Webcast

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?

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