Society and Culture

Competing for the Albanian Soul: Are Islamic Missionaries Creating a Lebanon in the Balkans?

Summary of the East European Studies discussion with Isa Blumi, Fellow at the American Research Institute in Turkey, Ph.D. Candidate at New York University, and Title VIII JSTS alumnus.

Greece Views the Modern World

Summary of the Director's Forum with Andreas Andrianopoulos, Greek Politician, Author, and former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar.

While the title of his talk was "Greece Views the Modern World," Andreas Andrianopoulos devoted the core of his remarks to critical issues confronting Europe and the Balkans today, including the issues of NATO and EU enlargement, continuing unresolved ethnic and historical issues in the former Yugoslavia, the presence and the proximity of the Muslim world in Southeast Europe, and the relationship of Greece to all of these issues.

Romania's Return to its Western Identity

Director's Forum with His Excellency Ion Iliescu, President of Romania

Romanians have long identified with Western Europe. Despite a half century of Soviet occupation and the deprivation and isolation imposed by the Ceaucescu regime in the 1980s, Western values and ideals still seeped in. In the 1960s, Romania was the first Soviet bloc country to establish economic and cultural ties with Western countries. Today, Iliescu said, 75 percent of Romania's trade occurs with European Union countries and the United States.

The Social Roots of Ethnic Conflict in East Central Europe: A Comparative Study of the German Diaspora in Hungary, Romania and Slovakia

Summary of the East European Studies meeting with Balazs Szelenyi, a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, and a Title VIII-sponsored EES Research Scholar

Gender and Islam in Africa: New Book from Wilson Center Senior Scholar Margot Badran

Wilson Center Senior Scholar Margot Badran is the editor of a new book published jointly by the Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Stanford University Press. Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexuality, and Law examines ways in which women in Africa are interpreting traditional Islamic concepts in order to empower themselves and their societies.

Religious Education and the Politics of Pluralism in Pakistan

How do pluralism-friendly ideas take shape in Pakistan in the context of modern Islamic education? This question formed the crux of a presentation delivered by Wilson Center Fellow Matthew J. Nelson at a May 25 Asia Program event. Nelson’s remarks revolved around two core themes: where Pakistani students do their schooling, and what Pakistanis think about diversity in Islam—that is, the level of tolerance they have for doctrinal or sectarian difference within the religion.

The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam

A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worlds

New From the CWIHP Working Paper Series: The Interkit Story: A Window into the Final Decades of the Sino-Soviet Relationship by James Hershberg, Sergey Radchenko, Péter Vámos, and David Wolff.

CWIHP is pleased to announce the publication of the latest addition to the CWIHP Working Papers Series, Working Paper #63: The Interkit Story: A Window into the Final Decades of the Sino-Soviet Relationship by James Hershberg, Sergey Radchenko, Péter Vámos, and David Wolff.

Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexuality, and Law

Gender and Islam in Africa examines ways in which women in Africa are interpreting traditional Islamic concepts in order to empower themselves and their societies. African women, it argues, have promoted the ideals and practices of equality, human rights, and democracy within the framework of Islamic thought, challenging conventional conceptualizations of the religion as gender-constricted and patriarchal.

Deforestation, Population, and Development in a Warming World: A Roundtable on Latin America

"Rural development and MCH [maternal child health] in the most remote, rural areas are going to largely explain the future of Latin American conservation, development, population, and urbanization," said David Lopez-Carr, associate professor of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara."

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