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Expanding the Eastern Frontier: Bulgaria, Romania and the EU

5th Floor Conference room

Speakers: Dr. Margarita Assenova, Executive Director of the Institute for New Democracies; Dr. Esther Brimmer, Deputy Director and Director of Research for the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Vladimir Tismaneanu, Professor of Government and Politics and Director of the Center for the Study of Post Communist Societies at the University of Maryland

357. Romanian Parliamentary Elections: New Alliances and Challenges

Vladimir Tismaneanu is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland-College Park and currently a Wilson Center Fellow. He spoke at an EES Noon Discussion on December 3, 2008. The following is a summary of his presentation. Meeting Report 357.

298. Romania: The Difficult Apprenticeship of Liberty (1989-2004)

Aurelian Craiutu is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University-Bloomington. He spoke at an EES noon discussion on June 9, 2004. The following is a summary of his presentation. Meeting Report 298.

273. Ana Pauker: Dilemmas of a Reluctant Stalinist

A defining moment during my two-year stay in Romania, struggling with the archives there, occurred when an American history doctoral student, who was in Romania on a Fulbright grant, turned to me one day and earnestly asked why on earth I would ever pick Ana Pauker as a subject for a biography. He evidently failed to see the irony in his question, since he was writing a biography of Ion Antonescu, the wartime dictator of Romania.

247. Romania's Return to its Western Identity: Internal Reforms and International Security Contribution

Thank you, Director Hamilton, for your kind words.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a great pleasure for me to address you at this highly respected institution that bears the name of Woodrow Wilson. Wilson was a visionary American President, actively involved in building modern Europe. His principles and actions, which inspired so many American and European leaders, have shaped Europe's Western identity and the identity of my own country as a part of Modern Europe.

Romania's Western Identity

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

In the twentieth century, one of the most explosive issues of European history was the ethnic-national question in East Central Europe. From the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the struggle of minorities for nationhood leading up to World War I, to the rise of National Socialism and the horrors of the Holocaust, to the recent bloodshed in the former Yugoslavia, the ethnic-national question in East Central Europe significantly altered the course of European as well as world civilization. Arguably the most controversial ethnic-minorities of East Central Europe were the Germans.

236. Between Hungary and Romania: The Case of the Southern Transylvania's Jews During the Holocaust

The Stoppage of Deportations to Nazi Extermination Camps, 1941-1942

225. Romania's First Post-Communist Decade: From Iliescu to Iliescu

The results of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Romania in November- December 2000 came as a surprise to those unaware of the sharp decline in popularity of both President Emil Constantinescu and the Democratic Convention (CDR), the coalition that swept him into office in the November 1996 elections.

193. Romania's Evolvoing Role in the Euro-Atlantic Community: Challenges, Change, Perspectives

The year 1989 was a global revolutionary year that started a series of unprecedented social and economic processes. Among these ranked the two simultaneous transitions all the post-communist states embraced and engaged in: the transition from dictatorship to democracy, and from a command economy to a free market economy.

165. Televiziunea Romana: Regional Issues and Ethnic Minorities In Cluj

Prior to the revolution of December 1989, communist-controlled Romanian Radio and Television was the country's only broadcasting station. The government's incessant quest to save energy limited TV programming to two hours a day, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. Day in and day out, the program began with a newscast on the activities of Nicolae Ceausescu, the president of Romania, and his wife, Elena. Had he done something important, this would be the only news that day. The first item to be sacrificed in this case was the international news.