March 24, 2010 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Achilles Skordas, Professor of International Law, University of Bristol(UK) and Visiting Scholar, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School
March 10, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:30pm
As part of their program of "national revival," the Government of the Republic of Macedonia has embarked on a program of "antiquization" to lay claim to the legacy of Alexander the Great—in ways that resemble a longer process of antiquization in Greece, and which contribute to tensions between the two countries. This paper reviews the debate over antiquization within the Republic, focusing in particular on the robust critiques offered by a range of dissidents who risk being labeled as "dissidents" or "traitors." It then explores the similarities between the Republic's present and Greece's recent and more distant past, in which scholars and activists who questioned assumptions of cultural continuity and national purity have faced sanctions ranging from stalled career paths to lawsuits and death threats.
March 09, 2010 // 1:00pm — 3:00pm
Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany, Shahram Chubin, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, Bernard Hourcade, Senior Research Fellow, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
March 09, 2010 // 9:00am — 10:30am
His Excellency Martti Ahtisaari, Former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
March 03, 2010 // 1:00pm — 3:00pm
Dr. Henri J. Barkey, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment and Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor, Lehigh UniversityDr. Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign RelationsProfessor Mithat Melen, Member of Parliament (MHP), Turkish Grand National Assembly
March 03, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Charles King's new book Extreme Politics declares an end to the period of "post-communism," both as a period of European History and in terms of the conduct of US foreign policy. The book offers a critique of the way in which academics and policy makers have viewed this period, which began with the fall of the Berlin Wall on 11/9/1989 and ended with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. King argues that this period should be viewed as a unique interlude, rather than as a postscript to the Cold War.
February 24, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Two years after Kosovo independence, the majority of Serbs still reel with the loss of their ancestral province and continue to resent the role the United States played in the break-up of their country. At the same time, most continue to support becoming part of "the West" and joining the European Union, and are almost equally eager to strengthen their country's political, cultural, and even military ties to the United States.
February 23, 2010 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Over the last 20 years, Bulgaria and Greece have pursued variable and divergent policies toward their Muslim minorities. During a brief period near the end of the Communist regime, Bulgaria forced Turks to assimilate. This policy was abandoned by the democratic government that took power in the 1990s. At the same time, Greece recognized its Muslim minority and facilitated the "Turkification" of its Muslim citizens throughout the 1980s, but then abandoned that policy by blocking minority rights in the 1990s. Harris Mylonas suggested that these policy shifts are commonly explained by assumptions or models that link minority treatment, regime type, ideology and leadership personalities. Rejecting these hypotheses, Mylonas argued that the structure of the international system was the most salient indicator influencing the treatment of Muslim minorities in both countries.
February 22, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
The book "Human Rights and Their Limits" shows that the concept of human rights has developed in waves: each call for rights served the purpose of social groups that tried to stop further proliferation of rights once their own goals were reached. While defending the universality of human rights as norms of behavior, Osiatynski admits that the philosophy on human rights does not need to be universal.
February 17, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Although the postcommunist period brought an abrupt end to state policies that raised women's political and economic welfare, it also cleared the way for women to participate freely in democratic institutions and the market economy. Perhaps predictably, therefore, the impact that the postcommunist transition has had on women's welfare has also been mixed. Discussing the findings of her book, Katalin Fabian evaluated the gender regime and the growth of women's movements in postcommunist Hungary. She identified the interconnection between women's organizations, welfare policies and the impact that globalization has had on local activism.