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Eastern Europe’s Most Difficult Transition: Public Health and Demographic Policy, Two Decades after the Cold War

Dr. Murray Feshbach was one of the first scholars to point out the devastating political and socio-economic effects of state communism’s failure to seriously address decaying public health and environmental conditions. His pioneering work remains relevant. More than two decades after the close of the Cold War, many health and demographic indicators in the former Warsaw-Pact states (including Russia) remain surprisingly inferior to those of the neighboring states of Western and Southern Europe.

Date & Time

Sep. 23, 2014
9:00am – 11:00am

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Eastern Europe’s Most Difficult Transition: Public Health and Demographic Policy, Two Decades after the Cold War

Dr. Murray Feshbach was one of the first scholars to point out the devastating political and socio-economic effects of state communism’s failure to seriously address decaying public health and environmental conditions. His pioneering work remains relevant. More than two decades after the close of the Cold War, many health and demographic indicators in the former Warsaw-Pact states (including Russia) remain surprisingly inferior to those of the neighboring states of Western and Southern Europe.  

In honor of Dr. Feshbach, this panel presents recent research that revisits the region’s health and demographic challenges and opportunities, in the context of today’s Europe. Richard Cincotta will present an analysis of mortality risk in the former Warsaw Pact states. Jack Goldstone will discuss the effects of Russian fertility policies. Ligia Paina will discuss Romania’s policy approach to ensure access to medical services for rural and underserved populations, in the context of ongoing migration of health professionals.

This event is being co-hosted by the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Kennan Institute.

Opening Remarks

Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute, Wilson Center

Harley Balzer, Associate Professor of Government and International Affairs, Georgetown University

Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute.

Speakers

Richard Cincotta, Demographer in Residence, The Stimson Center and Wilson Center Global Fellow ECSP

Jack A. Goldstone, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University and Wilson Center Fellow

Ligia Paina, Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Former Title VIII-supported Wilson Center Scholar

Moderator

Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute, Wilson Center

 


Hosted By

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting Europe’s relations with the rest of the world through scholars-in-residence, seminars, international conferences and publications. These programmatic activities cover wide-ranging topics include: European energy security, the role of the European Union and NATO, democratic transitions, and counter-terrorism, among others. The program also investigates comparatively European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including migration, global governance, and relations with Russia, China and the Middle East.  Read more

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

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