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Japan's Declining Population: Clearly a Problem, But What's the Solution?

The four experts who spoke at an April 24 Asia Program seminar on Japan's declining population agreed that the problem was multidimensional: Japanese men continue to face the pressures of long hours at work, and are increasingly reluctant to marry; women are choosing to marry later, have less children, or not marry at all; the government has rejected immigration as a solution to replenish a declining population; and official policy is instead looking to technology, mainly in the form of humanoid robots, to resolve the declining population problem.

Language Politics and Language Policies in the Contemporary Western Balkans: Infinitives, Turkisms, and EUrolinguistics

Staff-prepared summary of the discussion with Victor Friedman, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature and Director of the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago

Through his treatment of language as both an act and an artifact, Victor Friedman illustrated how language, politics and linguistics have intersected in the Western Balkans in the years since the break up of Yugoslavia, and especially in the years since the 1999 war in Kosovo and the 2001 insurgency in Macedonia.

Poverty and the Traps of Hungary's Postcommunist Welfare Reforms

What is the nature of poverty? Is it the price societies must pay in order to achieve a successful transition to a market economy? Or is poverty a permanent feature of society, regardless of market type? These were the questions that Julia Szalai prompted her study of Hungarian welfare reforms 15 years after the transition to a free market began.

Book Launch: Language and Identity in the Balkans: Serbo-Croat and its Disintegration

Language and Identity in the Balkans: Serbo-Croat and Its Disintegration
October 28, 2004
Staff-prepared summary of the EES book launch with Robert Greenberg,
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of New Haven and Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University. Commentator: Susan Woodward, Professor, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Can We Keep the Poor Warm in Transitioning States? Problems of Social Protection in Eastern Europe

Can We Keep the Poor Warm in Transitioning States? Problems of Social Protection in Eastern Europe
April 7, 2004
Staff-prepared summary of the EES noon discussion with Michael Cain, Associate Professor of Political Science, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Approaching the Roma from a Human-Development Perspective

Panelists:

Kalman Mizsei, Assistant Administrator for Europe & the CIS, UNDP

Kent Hill, Assistant Administrator for Europe & Eurasia, USAID

Erika Schlager, Counsel for International Law, U.S. Helsinki Commission

Andrey Ivanov, Adviser, Bratislava Regional Office, UNDP

Macedonia between Conflict and Stability: Overcoming Corruption, Violence and Nationalism

Macedonia Between Conflict and Stability: Overcoming Corruption, Violence and Nationalism
September 24, 2003

Staff-prepared summary of the East European Studies discussion with Ed Joseph, Former Director of the Macedonia Project, International Crisis Group and EES Research Scholar

Containing Ethnic Conflict: <br>A Mediator's Efforts in Yugoslavia, 1991-1996

Staff-prepared summary of the East European Studies discussion with Geert Ahrens, Ambassador, Former Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, and Wilson Center Fellow.

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