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New Evidence on the 1989 Crisis in Romania

CWIHP e-Dossier No. 5
 

Translated Romanian documents shed new light on the December 1989 toppling and execution of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

The Reified Nomad: The Historical Roots of Current Anti-Roma Persecution in Europe

Across Europe we have seen a sharp increase in anti-Roma persecution, particularly in the Western democracies of France and Italy. Immigrants are being rounded up and expelled and their homes destroyed by police authorities, while private citizens have engaged in violence. This presentation will first discuss the motives for these events, and then place them into historical perspective. In particular, attention will be paid to ways in which the persecution of Roma during the Holocaust continue to influence their treatment today.

Romani Politics in Contemporary Europe: Poverty, Ethnic Mobilization and the Neoliberal Order

The profound shifts in economic policy towards neoliberal market principles in the 1990s in the former socialist countries of Europe (economic ‘shock therapy' in some cases) resulted in catastrophic labor market exclusion and unemployment for many Romani Europeans. Although some scholars have discussed the adverse implications of liberal democratic transitions in former socialist states for Roma in particular, few have analyzed the impacts of neoliberal policies that have dominated European political landscapes since the 1980s.

Challenges for Romania's Democratic Consolidation: Assessing the 2009 Presidential Elections

The Romanian presidential elections held last fall provoked accusations of mudslinging, electoral fraud and, most recently, even interference by the occult. Vladimir Tismaneanu offered to bring this debate back to solid ground by presenting his assessment of Romania's path to democracy. Although he found no evidence of the occult, Tismaneanu did point to some idiosyncrasies of the party system in the country as well as what he called the "baroque" coalitions that are characteristic not only of Romanian politics but also of other post-communist European democracies.

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.

Elections in Romania: Challenges and Implications

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

Talk of the Nation: Language and Conflict in Romania and Slovakia

Talk of the Nation: Language and Conflict in Romania and Slovakia
October 8, 2008

Staff-prepared summary of the seminar with Zsuzsa Csergo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Queen's University

Romania after Iliescu: Prospects for Democratic Consolidation

Romania after Iliescu: Prospects for Democratic Consolidation
November 19, 2004
Staff-prepared summary of the EES Seminar with Aurelian Craiutu, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Indiana University; Mircea Mihaies, Professor of English and American Literature, University of Timisoara and Editor in Chief of Orizont Magazine; and Vladimir Tismaneanu, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland-College Park

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