January 27, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
The Romanian presidential elections held last fall provoked accusations of mudslinging, electoral fraud and, most recently, even interference by the occult. Vladimir Tismaneanu offered to bring this debate back to solid ground by presenting his assessment of Romania's path to democracy. Although he found no evidence of the occult, Tismaneanu did point to some idiosyncrasies of the party system in the country as well as what he called the "baroque" coalitions that are characteristic not only of Romanian politics but also of other post-communist European democracies.
January 14, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
n Europe, the issue of headscarves has the power to expose a variety of social cleavages because it instantly provokes strong stances on matters such as national identity, religion, gender and human rights. This issue also reflects the way in which states set priorities within the broad category of human rights they are obliged to protect. Through her analysis of headscarf bans in Bulgarian schools, Kristen Ghodsee illustrated how a young postcommunist democracy has attempted to create a coherent policy on headscarves while balancing its commitments to multiple constituencies in the US, its fellow EU member states as well as its own diverse population.
January 12, 2010 // 1:30pm — 3:00pm
Gareth Jenkins, Journalist and Senior Associate Fellow, Silk Roads Studies Program
December 14, 2009 // 1:30pm — 3:00pm
Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarelis, Greek Ambassador to the United States
Support for Democracy From Poland to Serbia to Georgia: The Role of Supranational Identity, International Institutions, and Soft Power
December 09, 2009 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Competing democratization theories analyze various factors—such as economic development, history, culture, or elite inclination—to determine the propensity of a particular state to become democratic. Each of these theories has distinct policy implications for external democracy promoters. Ryan Kennedy suggested another factor, based on social identity theory, which posits that diplomacy figures much more prominently in democracy promotion than current practice would suggest.
10th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
December 09, 2009 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Mirek Topolanek remarked that, at the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the democratic development of the Czech Republic is entering uncharted territory. To date, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have been governed democratically for a record 20 years. Although the legend of Tomas Masaryk is often remembered as the golden age of democratic thought, the first and second republics proved to be only an intermediate step to the authoritarian Communist period. "Twenty years is just the ‘half time,'" Topolanek argued, and the next two decades should be spent ensuring that the new generations continue to appreciate the sacrifices their parents made for freedom and democracy.
December 02, 2009 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
Thomas A. Schwartz, Professor of History, Vanderbilt University; Matthias Schulz, University of Geneva
December 02, 2009 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Ambassador Riza Turmen, former judge, European Court of Human Rights and columnist for Milliyet (Turkish Daily)
November 24, 2009 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Director's Forum with Her Excellency Rumiana JelevaForeign Minister of Bulgaria
November 19, 2009 // 9:00am — 10:00am
A Director's Forum with His Excellency Romano Prodi, Former Prime Minister of Italy