November 26, 2012 // 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Julija Šukys, author of Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė, carefully collected, preserved, and archived the written record of the life of Ona Šimaitė. Šimaitė, a librarian at Vilnius University, used her position to aid and rescue Jews in the Vilna Ghetto.
November 16, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
This Director's Forum will feature Martin Bútora, Honorary President of the Institute for Public Affairs in Bratislava and former Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States (1999-2003). Ambassador Bútora will deliver the keynote address at the 13th annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture.
November 16, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Bosnia and Herzegovina still has the potential to catch up with other countries in the region on the Euro-Atlantic path and to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity. Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, will discuss the international and domestic factors that may facilitate, or impede the country's Euro-Atlantic integraton.
Crisis of Democracy or Renaissance of Authoritarinism? Authoritarian Challenges to New Democracies in the Western Balkans
November 14, 2012 // 3:30pm — 4:30pm
In the last few years and in the course of global crisis we have been observing growing authoritarian challenges to New Democracies in the Western Balkans. Such crisis changes the political landscape of the region resulting in an adaptation of political elites and modes of rule, and seeking for new tools to retain power and secure the legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry. Vedran Dzihic, assistant professor at the Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Vienna, argues that current regimes in the Western Balkans increasingly seek answers to the political crisis by combining democratic with (newly) authoritarian practices and policies.
November 08, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
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.
November 06, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Reflecting Vladimir Tismaneanu's personal experiences within communist totalitarianism, "The Devil in History" is about political passions, radicalism, utopian ideals, and their catastrophic consequences in the twentieth century’s experiments in social engineering.
On the Move for Being “Gej” (Gay): Sexuality Rights, Migration, and Democratic Consolidation in Southeast Europe
November 05, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
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.
November 01, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
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.
October 26, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
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.
October 18, 2012 // 10:00am — 11:00am
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.