January 27, 2011 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
With varying degrees of success, authoritarian regimes frequently co-opt their citizens to gather information on and undermine their domestic opposition. According to Martin Dimitrov, communist Bulgaria's ability to suppress dissent was diminished from the 1970s onward because the Western-led international human rights regime forced the government to replace harsher methods it had previously used with a system of rewards for volunteer informants and reprimands for dissidents. The ineffectiveness of these tactics contributed to the regime's eventual collapse. In contrast, Joseph Sassoon explained that Iraq's Ba'th Party—unable to rely upon a superpower for support and steeled by a series of wars—was able to remain in power for thirty-five years in part because it did not relax its efforts at co-optation and repression as the regime matured.
January 20, 2011 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Wilson Center senior scholar and former director of Radio Free Europe, A. Ross Johnson discussed his latest book which examines the first twenty years of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.
December 20, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Following the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty last year, the European Union (EU) has initiated a series of decision-making and institutional reforms, including the creation of the External Action Service (EAS). Angelos Pangratis, Deputy Head of the European Commission Delegation in Washington, offered an informal progress report on how the EAS will be structured and the key areas of cooperation between the EU and the United States. He argued that the success of the EAS will be judged by its ability to produce concrete results in coordinating and implementing a comprehensive common foreign and security policy for the EU’s 27 members.
December 15, 2010 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
Despite the nearly two decades that have passed since Yugoslavia's dissolution, its successor states continue to be grouped together as the "Western Balkans," "Former Yugoslav republics," or "Southeast Europe." However, this categorization belies the wide divergence between them in terms of their democratic progress.
December 13, 2010 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Ambassador Davor Božinovic, State Secretary for Political Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia and Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for South Eastern Europe; Martin Sletzinger, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center
December 10, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:30pm
Liviu Tirau, Senior Lecturer, Babes-Bolyai University, Romanian Short-Term Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Ioana Macrea-Toma, Associate Researcher, Central European University, Romanian Short-Term Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center
December 08, 2010 // 1:00pm — 4:00pm
The Lisbon Treaty introduced significant changes in the institutional order and external representation of the European Union. This workshop will revisit the founding compromise of European integration between sovereignty and supranationality and assess the effects of these transformations on the legitimization of the EU.
December 02, 2010 // 1:00pm — 5:00pm
Oleg Kozlovsky, a political activist and co-founder of Solidarnost, United Democratic Movement in Russia, received the 2010 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award on Thursday on 2 December at the Woodrow Wilson Center, as part of a two-panel workshop featuring a round-table discussion After the "Reset:" U.S. and European Approaches to Russia and a keynote address Democracy: New Tools for the Struggle.
November 20, 2010 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Jörg Foth, DEFA Film Library, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Paul Werner Wagner, Independent Cultural Historian
November 19, 2010 // 4:00pm — 6:30pm
Robert Gerald Livingston, German Historical Institute, Peter Rollberg, Professor of Film Studies, The George Washington University, Paul Werner Wagner, Independent Cultural Historian