Several weeks ago, the US Congress commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution with the unveiling of a bust of Vaclav Havel. One of the attendees, Pavol Demes, was part of the delegation that traveled to Washington with Havel in 1991. Demes is an internationally recognized NGO leader, a former government official, and also an author and photographer. We spoke with him about the anniversary and the current state of democracy in Slovakia, as well as about concerns over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
The Obama Administration has spoken of a “pivot” or “rebalance” toward Asia as a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. is not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. Does the pivot present an opportunity for the EU and U.S. to draw upon shared values and a history of cooperation as they engage China and other Asian nations? Or will we see increased competition as both seek to benefit from the economic opportunities the region presents?
Swiss Scholar Adis Merdzanovic’s opinion piece “Bosnia: A new opportunity for getting closer to the EU?” was recently published by EU Observer. The article discusses recent developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Wilson Center Public Policy Nicola Casarini authored an opinion piece in The National Interest. The article, entitled “Western Competition for Asian Markets is Heating Up,” discusses the Western pivot to Asia.
A. Ross Johnson and Nenad Pejic reflect on the decline of independent media and the attempt to fill the information deficit in nations across the globe. What Cold War lessons resonate today and what are the demands of the new media environment? And is the U.S. doing enough to bring objective information to authoritarian countries and unfree societies?
With the benefit of 25 years of hindsight, Duke University Professor Bruce Jentleson, looks back on the fall of the wall and its meaning then and now. He and NOW host John Milewski also discuss their firsthand experience in Berlin as part of a project that resulted in a televised town meeting between east and west Berlin residents that was seen nationally on C-SPAN.
This article about Venezuela's bid to secure a a non-permanent spot on the U.N. Security Council, quotes Latin American Program Associate Director Eric Olson.
The Wilson Center is pleased to announce that Mustafa Nayyem, one of the most respected and popular Ukrainian journalists and bloggers, will receive the 2014 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.
"When you look at ISIS, it's in at least two countries - you have it in Iraq and you have it in Syria - and that complicates exactly how you can go against them and deteriorate their ability to carry out terrorist acts. You have to have countries in the region who support this (campaign against ISIS). It can't be a west against this group (ISIS), it has to be other countries and especially countries from that region," says Jill Dougherty.
"This week's NATO summit of sixty world leaders may be the most important such meeting since the organization—the world’s mightiest military alliance—was created, in 1949," writes Robin Wright.