Governance Events

Book Discussion: "Chaos, Violence, Dynasty: Politics and Islam in Central Asia"

November 17, 2011 // 8:30am10:30am
Kennan Institute
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // The speaker will discuss his book, a compelling study of the divergent political courses taken by Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan in the wake of Soviet rule. McGlinchey examines economics, religion, political legacies, foreign investment, and the ethnicity of these countries to evaluate the relative success of political structures in each nation.

Weimar Russia? Why Post-Soviet Authoritarianism Did Not Turn Fascist

November 15, 2011 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
The speaker will compare inter-war Germany and post-communist Russia, and compare both nations’ very different political paths. Like in Weimar Germany, in today’s Russia, fascist actors are present, and nationalism is widespread in the population. The post-Soviet Russian situation is, however, distinct from the inter-war German one in that the party system is heavily manipulated and the third sector remains underdeveloped. Fascists have thus neither had a chance to use elections nor did they have the opportunity to penetrate civil society in order to build up political support. The continuing presence of a resolutely authoritarian, yet non-fascist "national leader" (Vladimir Putin) is a hindrance for the country to become a liberal democracy, but makes it, for the time being, also improbable that the Russian regime will transgress towards fascism.
Webcast

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

November 09, 2011 // 4:00pm5:15pm
Asia Program
In an upcoming Asia Program book launch of Shelley Rigger’s, "Why Taiwan Matters," Rigger explores Taiwan's importance to China, the United States, and the world.
Webcast

Argentina’s Presidential Elections: A Post-Elections Assessment

October 28, 2011 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
A distinguished panel of experts discussed the election results and what they tell us about Argentina’s current realities and prospects for the future.
Webcast

Peru under Humala: Perspectives for Change?

October 14, 2011 // 9:00am11:30am
Latin American Program
In October, two months after Ollanta Humala took office as president of Peru, a panel of experts will join us to examine policy initiatives emanating from the new administration in the light of long-standing issues and challenges.
Webcast

The Other R.O.K.: Memories of Authoritarianism in Democratic South Korea

October 11, 2011 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Asia Program
As citizens of a vibrant democracy, how do South Koreans remember their nation's authoritarian past?

A Conversation with H.E. Porfirio Lobo Sosa President of the Republic of Honduras

October 05, 2011 // 12:45pm2:30pm
Latin American Program
A private, off-the-record exchange with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa was hosted by the Latin America Program. The President addressed questions of governance, security, and U.S.-Honduran relations.
Peter Reddaway

The Evolution of Soviet Policies towards Dissidents

September 26, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
The talk will focus mainly on the factors that went into Soviet decision-making regarding policy towards dissident groups, and how the factors varied depending on the time period and the nature of each group. The speaker will also make use of archival materials that show how seriously the Soviet leaders took dissident issues and how the Politbureau was sometimes divided and even paralyzed for a year or two over what to do about them.
René Mauricio Valdés, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.
Webcast

Guatemala: A Post-Elections Assessment and Future Challenges

September 16, 2011 // 9:00am12:00pm
Latin American Program
A distinguished panel of experts will join us to discuss the primary electoral results as well as the country’s major security, political, and economic challenges.
Webcast
Podcast

Cuba's New Emerging Market Strategy: Has the United States Made Itself Irrelevant?

August 04, 2011 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Latin American Program
Critically, can a south-south emerging market strategy offer a new vision for the Cuban economy and pull it out of its low-investment, low-growth trap? And what does Cuba's south-south strategy mean for US policies toward Cuba?

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