Europe Events

Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government

August 25, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Global Europe Program
The advances of ISIS have reheated the debate on the future of Iraq. The country is threatened by a new wave of violence and destruction, as a large swath of territory has turned into a conflict zone and an uprising has shaken the political order. Turkey has both opportunities and challenges in Iraq, and keeps a close eye on the situation there. In this discussion, experts will address the future of Iraq and the KRG in the context of the current crisis, and will shed light on Turkey’s perspectives on the KRG, energy issues, minorities, and Iraq in general.

Symbolic Nation-Building in Croatia from the Homeland War to EU Membership

August 19, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Drawing on a recently published larger volume - Strategies of Symbolic Nation-Building in Southeast Europe – Vjeran Pavlakovic will analyze the nation and state building strategies of the Croatian elite since the country attained independence, following the Homeland War, 1991-1995. In his presentation, Pavlakovic will focus on the role of contested narratives and commemorative practices related to the wars of the 20th century in the political arena. The discussion will also address current attitudes and sentiments in Croatia towards the EU, following the country’s accession to the European Union in July, 2013.

"They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide"

August 14, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Kennan Institute
Starting in early 1915, the Ottoman Turks began deporting and killing hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the first major genocide of the twentieth century. By the end of the First World War, the number of Armenians in what would become Turkey had been reduced by ninety percent—more than a million people. A century later, the Armenian Genocide remains controversial but relatively unknown, overshadowed by later slaughters and the chasm separating Turkish and Armenian versions of events. In this definitive narrative history, Ronald Suny cuts through nationalist myths, propaganda, and denial to provide an unmatched account of when, how, and why the atrocities of 1915–1916 were committed.
Webcast

Citizens, Subjects, and Slackers: Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian Attitudes Toward Paying Taxes

July 16, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
Marc Berenson's unique surveys of Poles, Russians, and Ukrainians, conducted from 2004 to 2012 regarding their attitudes towards paying taxes, illustrate that Polish citizens express a far greater willingness and support for paying taxes than Russian citizens, who, in turn, are more willing taxpayers than Ukrainian citizens. Unlike Poles, whose compliance is related to their trust in the state, and Russians, whose compliance is related to their fear of the state, Ukrainians, showing the lowest support for tax obedience, have reacted to state efforts to increase compliance with less fear and little trust.

Russia's Far Right and Far Left Friends in Europe

July 11, 2014 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
In recent years Russia has shown a growing interest in East European far-right parties. Now Russia, as Political Capital Institute research demonstrates, is increasingly involving itself with far-right and far-left parties of Western Europe as well. At a time of political and economic crisis some European political forces have become particularly receptive to Russia’s new conservative, increasingly nationalist message. PCI Director Peter Kreko will discuss the changing perception of Russia on the political fringes of European politics and the new challenges it poses for Euro-Atlantic integration at both the national and the EU level.

Energy Security in the Black Sea Region

June 19, 2014 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
The Global Europe Program recently hosted Martin Tsanov, an energy expert at the Center for the Study of Democracy in Bulgaria, who presented the most recent outlook on main energy security risks for Bulgaria and countries in the Black Sea region as based on the cutting-edge International Index of Energy Security Risks developed by the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Webcast

Mutual Security on Hold? Russia, the West, and European Security Architecture

June 16, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Global Europe Program
This year, the Munich Security Conference celebrated its 50th anniversary. These fifty years of substantive dialogue on security cooperation have existed against a changing political backdrop – from the tensions of the Cold War and the brutal conflict in the Western Balkans, to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the global “War on Terror.” Mutual security and the transatlantic relationship are once again faced with challenges in the form of the crisis in Ukraine. What does this crisis mean for mutual security, and how will it affect the security architecture in Europe?

Europe, the U.S., and Africa: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners

June 12, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
In the past, the world scrambled for Africa to win slaves, territory, and resources. Today, the world scrambles with Africa to do business in global markets. Ludger Kühnhardt, a Global Fellow with the Center’s Global Europe Program, launches his new book Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners. Kühnhardt argues that new African politics, African regional institutions, and global demand for partnerships in trade and security will lead the continent to new relationships with the United States, the European Union, and a number of emerging economies.

After the European Elections: A Fresh Start for the EU & the Transatlantic Relationship?

May 27, 2014 // 11:00am12:30pm
Global Europe Program
Two days after 500 million citizens in the 28 EU Member States cast their vote to elect the Members of the European Parliament, what lessons can we draw from the world's second-largest exercise in democracy? The European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress and the Global Europe Program at the Wilson Center are delighted to host an expert panel discussion on the latest state of play of the Washington-Brussels relationship.

Greece: The Path to a Competitive Future

May 22, 2014 // 2:00pm3:00pm
An investigation by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in cooperation with the Greek authorities identified a wide range of regulations and legal provisions that undermine competition. Building on the approach of the OECD’s Competition Assessment Toolkit, the Competition Assessment Review of Greece makes more than 320 recommendations on legal provisions that should be amended or repealed. In this session, Dr. Sean Ennis, a Senior Economist in the OECD’s Competition Division, will discuss the findings and the methods used for preparing the report.

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