Europe Events

Trading with the Enemy: How Albanians Armed Macedonia's Revolutionaries in 1903

February 22, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Drawn from a larger project which examines the relationships between ethnic identity and anti-Ottoman insurgency in early 20th century Macedonia, Keith Brown, an associate professor at Brown University will focus on the specific instance of the Ilinden Uprising of 1903.
Webcast

Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean: Strategic Location, Strategic Opportunities

December 20, 2011 // 1:00pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
In this Director's Forum, Her Excellency Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, will discuss how the current regional dynamic in Southeast Europe will impact the intensive negotiations carried out at present under UN auspices.
Webcast

Romania’s “Fraternal Support” to North Korea during the Korean War, 1950-1953

December 12, 2011 // 3:30pm5:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Radu Tudorancea will shed light on what was in fact a coordinated division of labor among communist regimes, marking the high point in Socialist bloc cooperation.

Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves

December 02, 2011 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Program on America and the Global Economy
If the financial crisis has taught us anything, it is that Americans save too little, spend too much, and borrow excessively. Join us for a discussion of Sheldon Garon's new book "Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves."

The Working Group on the Western Balkans: Setting an Agenda for Transatlantic Cooperation

November 29, 2011 // 10:00am3:00pm
Global Europe Program
The EU and the US agree that the long-term goal for the Western Balkans is European integration. For a variety of reasons, however, progress on this goal has stalled. This series aims at launching a discussion on the hurdles to enlargement in the Western Balkans, the tools available to various international actors in the region, and how these resources might best be applied to reach the goal of integration most efficiently. These meetings, therefore, address issues that are at the core of the making the Transatlantic relationship work.

The Working Group on the Western Balkans: Setting an Agenda for Transatlantic Cooperation

November 29, 2011 // 10:00am3:00pm
The EU and the US agree that the long-term goal for the Western Balkans is European integration. For a variety of reasons, however, progress on this goal has stalled. This series aims at launching a discussion on the hurdles to enlargement in the Western Balkans, the tools available to various international actors in the region, and how these resources might best be applied to reach the goal of integration most efficiently. These meetings, therefore, address issues that are at the core of the making the Transatlantic relationship work.
Webcast
Podcast

Czech and Slovak Lecture Series with Petr Pithart

November 17, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Petr Pithart, current vice president of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and former prime minister, will discuss whether the Czech constitution provides a solid base for the nation’s political health

Offsite Event: Ideological Storms: Intellectuals and the Totalitarian Temptation

November 15, 2011 // 9:00am4:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The conference will provide an overview of the main issues raised by the temptation of the extremes in the 20th century and their weight upon the contemporary world. This conference will be held off-site at the Embassy of Romania.

The Working Group on the Western Balkans: Reinforcing EU Conditionality

October 28, 2011 // 10:00am4:00pm
Global Europe Program
The EU and the US agree that the long-term goal for the Western Balkans is European integration. For a variety of reasons, however, progress on this goal has stalled. This series aims at launching a discussion on the hurdles to enlargement in the Western Balkans, the tools available to various international actors in the region, and how these resources might best be applied to reach the goal of integration most efficiently. These meetings, therefore, address issues that are at the core of the making the Transatlantic relationship work.

Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism

October 20, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Lost in Transition tells of ordinary lives upended by the collapse of communism. Through ethnographic essays and short stories based on her experiences with Eastern Europe between 1989 and 2009, Kristen Ghodsee explains why it is that so many Eastern Europeans are nostalgic for the communist past. Ghodsee uses Bulgaria, the Eastern European nation where she has spent the most time, as a lens for exploring the broader transition from communism to democracy. She locates the growing nostalgia for the communist era in the disastrous, disorienting way that the transition was handled. The privatization process was contested and chaotic. A few well-connected foreigners and a new local class of oligarchs and criminals used the uncertainty of the transition process to take formerly state-owned assets for themselves. Ordinary people inevitably felt that they had been robbed. Many people lost their jobs just as the state social-support system disappeared. Lost in Transition portrays one of the most dramatic upheavals in modern history by describing the ways that it interrupted the rhythms of everyday lives, leaving confusion, frustration, and insecurity in its wake.

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