March 21, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Early parliamentary elections were called in Slovakia following the collapse of the center-right government led by Iveta Radicova. Although the fall of the government was precipitated by disagreements in the coalition over the euro bailout, the campaign has been dominated by accusations of corruption and shady links between leading politicians and businessmen in the so-called "Gorilla file". Not only have the allegations in the Gorilla file provoked mass demonstrations across the country, but have led to the popularity of some of Slovakia's most prominent parties to slump and have fuelled support for new parties and groupings. Haughton’s presentation will seek to explain the results of the elections. It will argue that these elections are illustrative of broader trends and developments across Central and Eastern Europe, particularly the emergence of new parties and the increasing salience of corruption in political parties' appeals in the region.
March 14, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Ahmet Yükleyen demonstrates how Islam and Europe have shaped one another and challenges the idea that Islamic beliefs are inherently antithetical to European secular, democratic, and pluralist values. Through comparing five different forms of religious communities among Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands and Germany, Yükleyen’s rich ethnography shows that there is no single form of assimilated and privatized "European Islam" but rather Islamic communities and their interpretations and practices that localize Islam in Europe.
March 07, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The biggest protest wave since collapse of the Soviet Union will be discussed with Oleg Kozlovsky, a Russian democratic activist and Director of Vision of Tomorrow Foundation.
Changing Faces within the Greek Government: A Discussion of the Political Fallout from the Financial Crisis
March 06, 2012 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
The current financial crisis in Greece has generated innovative discussions in political and economic fora, as well as in the mass media. Thanos Veremis, a Professor of Political History at the University of Athens, will be discussing Greece's current situation and what is on the nation's political horizon. Due to the fact that there is an overwhelming demand for new faces in Greek politics, preferably people with impressive achievements in their professional lives and technocrats working in the fields of business and economics, Vermis will speak on the apparently high likelihood of such a change in Greek political life in future elections.
March 01, 2012 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
Over the past two decades, united Germany has accepted its political EU integration responsibility to move toward a European Monetary Union, to introduce the euro, and now to resolve the current Eurocrisis. There is little doubt, Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel argues, that Germany is obligated to support EU integration, constitutionally, historically, and morally.
February 23, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The United States and Europe encounter many of the same foreign policy challenges, challenges that diversely impact the two regions and produce different-but often complementary-responses. In his latest book "The New Geopolitics of Transatlantic Relations," author Stefan Fröhlich develops a framework for future U.S.-Europe relations as the two world powers work toward meaningful and logical solutions to their shared foreign policy problems.
February 22, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Drawn from a larger project which examines the relationships between ethnic identity and anti-Ottoman insurgency in early 20th century Macedonia, Keith Brown, an associate professor at Brown University will focus on the specific instance of the Ilinden Uprising of 1903.
February 01, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Could Hungary's experience as a European Union member state be instructive? During the past decade the country's macroeconomic policies were characterized by sharp changes first under a socialist and later under a center-right government. George Kopits, Wilson Center Senior Scholar and former chair of Hungary's Fiscal Council, will assess the country's fiscal and monetary policies, as well as its overall economic performance and institution-building efforts against the backdrop of the deepening European financial crisis.
December 20, 2011 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
In this Director's Forum, Her Excellency Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, will discuss how the current regional dynamic in Southeast Europe will impact the intensive negotiations carried out at present under UN auspices.
December 07, 2011 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
"Embracing Democracy in the Western Balkans" explores the complex and challenging facets of state-building and nation-building in weak states with little democratic experience and daunting socio-economic problems.