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

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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

 

Speakers

  • Blair A. Ruble

    Distinguished Fellow
  • Harley D. Balzer

    Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar
    Associate Professor of Government and International Affairs, Georgetown University
  • Nicholas Eberstadt

    Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Richard Cincotta

    Global Fellow
    Demographer in Residence, The Stimson Center
  • Jack A. Goldstone

    Global Fellow
    Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University; Wilson Center Fellow
  • Ligia Paina

    Title VIII Short Term Scholar
    Assistant Scientist, International Health: Health Systems, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University