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Democracy, Memory and Moral Justice in Postcommunist Europe: The Case of Romania

Vladimir Tismaneanu, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland-College Park and WWICS Fellow

This event will take place in the 6th floor boardroom.

Social and Political Responses to Economic Crises: Reflections on the State of Democracy in EU Member States Bordering the CIS

Ginta T. Palubinskas, Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University

This event will take place in the 6th floor auditorium.

Embracing Democracy in the Western Balkans: A Progress Report

Lenard Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University; John Lampe, Professor of History, University of Maryland-College Park

This event will take place in the 5th floor conference room.

Director's Forum: Bosnia and Herzegovina: A View From Inside the Government

This event will take place in the 6th floor Auditorium.

4th Annual Serbian-American Lecture: Of Novelty and Oblivion, What Can We Learn From Dissidents under Communism

At the beginning of his essay "Of Vicissitude of Things," Francis Bacon stresses the futility of all human endeavors: "… ‘There is no new thing upon the earth.'...all novelty is but oblivion…the river of Lethe runneth as well above ground as below." Who has not experienced such weariness? Everything changes but is eternally the same. Nothing is truly new – it only appears so because we have forgotten. And soon we realize this. Like the dead in Hades we drink from the river that makes us forget but, alas, oblivion is merely temporary, and novelty vanishes.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Any Future?

Neven Andjelic, Visiting Fulbright Scholar with the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Hobbesian Peace: Sources of Failure in the Nation Building "Success" Story in Kosovo

Staff-prepared summary of the discussion with Whit Mason, Author and Former Pubic Affairs Strategists for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo

Reds, Greens, Blues and Browns: Party Development, Electoral Volatility and On-Going Surprises in East European Elections

Since the fall of communism, most postcommunist countries in Eastern Europe have held five or six successive elections, giving researchers an adequate data set with which to evaluate political party development in the region. Steven Deets has used this data in order to determine whether the party system that has emerged is coherent or disjointed, compared to the systems of Western Europe; whether political parties were held to their electoral promises by their electorates; and whether the party systems are generally stable or still in the process of evolution.