Europe Events

Democracy Promotion in Times of Austerity: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe

November 08, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Can the democratic transition in Central and Eastern Europe in the past twenty years be instructive? How has the current economic crisis in Europe impacted democratization on the Western Balkans? By comparing various successful approaches towards promoting democracy in the CEE region, Pavol Demes, transatlantic academy fellow at the German Marshall Fund, derives conclusions about the challenges that new democracies in the Middle East, as well as the former Soviet space may face.
Webcast

Radio Free Europe and the CIA Partnership

November 05, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty became successful substitutes for free media in the Soviet bloc during the Cold War. This seminar talk will draw on CIA and Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty archives to trace the history of their first two decades. It will address three questions: What was the evolving reason for CIA covert funding? What was the relationship between CIA and the Radios? Why did the Radios prove to be one of the most important and successful policy instruments of the United States during the Cold War?

On the Move for Being “Gej” (Gay): Sexuality Rights, Migration, and Democratic Consolidation in Southeast Europe

November 05, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, where in the world do you belong? Today, the growing visibility and activism among those whose gender identity or sexual orientation is outside of the culturally accepted norms in Southeast Europe is coinciding with international and European pressures to protect sexual and gender differences as basic human rights.

Explaining Nuclear Forbearance: A Case Study on Sweden

November 01, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
Why did Sweden choose, in the late 1960s, to abandon its long-standing nuclear weapons plans? Today, the end of the Cold War and the declassification of large parts of the relevant documentary record, especially concerning the technical preparations for nuclear weapons production, have created the prerequisites for a more penetrating analysis of this important historical issue. The purpose of this presentation is to summarize the research on Sweden’s plans to acquire nuclear weapons based on primary sources. This overarching analysis is then tested against International Relations theories which have sought to explain factors of proliferation and non-proliferation.

Croatia and Serbia: Two New Governments, Two Sets of Challenges

October 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
This presentation will discuss political changes that the two new governments elected to office in Croatia in November 2011 and in Serbia in May 2012 bring to the landscape of political parties, regional cooperation and EU accession politics in South Eastern Europe.

Reform Without End: Europe’s Welfare Traditions

October 22, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Surveying Europe’s welfare traditions since 1500, in this seminar session Tom Adams will discuss characteristics of the modern European welfare state, many rooted in long-held values and centuries of experience. Profound social changes have repeatedly challenged communities to re-examine and reshape institutions and practices. The diversity of arrangements across Europe has contributed to an ongoing exchange of observation, experiment, and aspiration – in short, to reform without end.

The Risk of War: Everyday Sociality in the Republic of Macedonia

October 18, 2012 // 10:00am11:00am
Global Europe Program
Vasiliki Neofotistos discusses her recently released book, "The Risk of War: Everyday Sociality in the Republic of Macedonia," focusing on the ways middle- and working-class Albanian and Macedonian noncombatants in Macedonia's capital city, Skopje, responded to disruptive and threatening changes in social structure during the 2001 armed conflict.
Webcast

Germany and the EU: What Kind of Transatlantic Partners?

October 01, 2012 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
In this Director’s Forum, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Germany will help decode the EU and explain how the US can best use the resources offered by the Transatlantic Partnership.
Webcast

Soviet Soft Power and the Polish Thaw, 1953-1957

September 20, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Though little is known about such efforts, Soviet cultural and propaganda institutions attempted to reach directly the hearts and minds of East European societies in Moscow’s new sphere of influence created after World War II. In the process, the Soviets squandered considerable human potential on their side, which could have promoted more effective soft power initiatives. Stalin’s death in 1953 offered new possibilities for reciprocal cultural relations and more flexible Soviet approach. Patryk Babiracki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Arlington, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, will explain that other aspects of “the Thaw” in the USSR and Poland further complicated the work of Soviet international outreach institutions, revealing the limitations of Soviet soft power and of the Kremlin’s capacity to maintain empire.

OFF-SITE CONFERENCE: United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency

September 16, 2012 // 7:30pmSeptember 18, 2012 // 3:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
The Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project will host an international conference on the history of the IAEA during the cold war years. The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including the creation of the Agency, its role in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and the Agency's technical programs. Beyond that, the conference seeks to discuss the cultural, societal, and economic context of the IAEA's early history.

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