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Tragedy, Transition and Transformation: Tracing the Local-International Nexus of Transnational Organized Crime in the Balkans

Summary of the East European Studies seminar with Louise Shelley, Director of the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at American University, DC; and Christopher Corpora, an Analyst with the U.S. Department of Defense and a Ph.D. Candidate at American University, DC.

Bringing Down a Dictator

Summary of the Conflict Prevention Project and East European Studies meeting on the film Bringing Down a Dictator and discussion with Peter Ackerman, Executive Producer, Steve York, Writer, Director and Producer of Bringing Down a Dictator, Srdja Popovic, former leader, Otpor!
("Resistance") and member of the Serbian Parliament and Daniel Serwer, Director, Balkans Initiative, United States Institute of Peace.

Is there a Future for Federalism in the Balkans?

A Director's Forum with Vojislav Kostunica, President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

According to Kostunica, federalism was critically important for the first, second, and third Yugoslavias. The third and current Yugoslavia has failed at federalism and his government is now trying to identify a good federal formula that could serve as a framework for a fourth and strong Yugoslavia---a newly established community of Serbia and Montenegro.

Nationalism and the Problem of Inclusion in Hungary

Summary of the East European Studies meeting with Alice Freifeld, Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida, FL.

Over the last 100 years Hungary has experienced conflict between the nationalist view of Hungary as a nation of and for Hungarians, and the reality of several hundred years of history in which non-ethnic Hungarians (including the Jews, Roma, and ethnic Germans) played a significant role in Hungarian society.


Since 1994, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) has actively pursued the connections between the environment, health, population, development, conflict, and security. ECSP brings together scholars, policymakers, media, and practitioners through events, research, publications, multimedia content, and our award-winning blog, New Security Beat.

ECSP currently has three primary focus areas:

Policing Democracy: Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security in Latin America

Latin America’s crime rates are astonishing by any standard—the region’s homicide rate is the world’s highest. This crisis continually traps governments between the need for comprehensive reform and the public demand for immediate action, usually meaning iron-fisted police tactics harking back to the repressive pre-1980s dictatorships.

'A Shared Responsibility: Counternarcotics and Citizen Security in the Americas': Cynthia Arnson Testifies before the Senate Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs

Latin American Program Director Cynthia Arnson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs at the March 31 hearing "A Shared Responsibility— Citizen Security and Counter-Narcotics Initiatives in the Americas." Her prepared remarks are here.

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee:

Brazilian Innovation Takes a Leap Foward

Obama Administration Relations with Central America: A Conversation with Seven U.S. Ambassadors

"Central America is in the news a lot these days, often for the wrong reasons," Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, noted in her introduction to "Obama Administration Relations with Central America: A Conversation with Seven U.S. Ambassadors." Organized crime has flourished while the robust economic recovery enjoyed by South America has bypassed Central America and Mexico; meanwhile, the region's proximity to the United States has spotlighted immigration and trade issues.

Агора, випуск 10: Переосмислюючи демократію: Україна і світовий контекст

У сучасному світі є чимало країн, які офіційно проголосили демократію засадничою основою свого суспільного ладу. Проте не секрет, що далеко не всі ці країни сповна відповідають тим небагатьом критеріям та вимогам, яких уряди і населення цих країн зобов’язалися неухильно дотримуватися, претендуючи на належність до табору так званих розвинених демократій.