Democracy Events

Podcast

The U.S. and Cuba: The Way Forward

December 19, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
This teleconference call will discuss the impact on the politics and economy of Cuba and the regime’s motivation and strategy going forward. What are the benefits and risks of this policy shift? What is the relationship, if any, between economic incentives and a broader political opening? Why is the Cuban government interested in better relations with the United States? Join us BY PHONE as three U.S.-Cuba experts discuss what these policy changes will mean concretely for Cubans on the island.
Webcast

The Changing Direction of Brazil's Economic Policy

December 08, 2014 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Brazil Institute
On Monday, December 8, the Brazil Institute convened a panel of experts to analyze implications and prospects of Rousseff's second term economic strategy.

New Approaches to Understanding and Engaging North Korea

November 21, 2014 // 3:00pm4:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
North Korea is often portrayed as a “hermit kingdom,” its politics inscrutable, and its doors closed to outside influence. However, this dynamic of isolation has begun to erode, thanks in part to scholars and practitioners who have carved out new ways to study North Korea and engage with its people. At the event, young professionals in the field will discuss the various ways in which they have carved out new terrain for working on North Korean issues through archival research, economic training, student exchanges, and leadership studies.
Webcast

Tunisia after the Elections: Can a Viable Coalition be Formed?

November 21, 2014 // 12:30pm1:30pm
Middle East Program
After a successful legislative election on October 26, Tunisia faces another important challenge. Can an effective governing coalition be formed that includes the country’s divided secular and Islamist parties? And what role will the country’s new civic groups play?
Webcast

Update on Venezuela’s Political Climate

November 20, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program

15th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: Slovakia’s Road to Freedom and Democracy

November 14, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Pavol Demes will discuss Slovakia’s road to freedom and democracy
Webcast

Electoral Commissions and the Consolidation of Democracy in Africa: Progress, Challenges and Prospects for the Future

November 13, 2014 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
As nineteen African countries prepare to go to the polls in the upcoming year, please join us for a panel discussion exploring the progress that Africa has made with consolidating democracy, the role that electoral management bodies have played, the challenges faced by electoral commissions, lessons learned and the prospects for enhanced management of elections in Africa.
Webcast

Does Democracy Matter?

October 20, 2014 // 9:00am2:30pm
Kennan Institute
Taking stock of democracy promotion over the past 30 years, what are its strengths and weaknesses? If U.S. and European democracy promotion should be continued, how can it be better targeted and reformed to more effectively advance democratization in post-authoritarian societies? If such assistance programs deserve to be terminated, should there be alternative policies to support human rights and other aspects of pluralism?
Photo: Wenceslas Square, 17 November, 1989
Webcast

Promoting Free Media: Informing the 1989 Velvet Revolution and the Challenge Today

October 16, 2014 // 2:00pm6:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Czechs and Slovaks regained their freedom in November 1989 through non-violent protests in Prague, Bratislava, and other towns of then Czechoslovakia. Their Velvet Revolution climaxed a decade of renewed civic challenges to a repressive Communist regime that began with Charter 77 dissidents including Vaclav Havel and accelerated after 1986. Twenty five years after the Velvet Revolution, Europe today is whole and free, but democracy and prerequisite independent media are on the decline in much of the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. RFE/RL, now operating from Prague, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network, and Radio Marti, all publicly funded by the U.S. Congress, work to redress the information deficit.
Webcast

ISIS and the End of the Middle East as We Know It

October 09, 2014 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
While Western attention is caught by the rise of the so-called "Islamic State", the real story may be the dissolution of order in the Middle East. How do we understand ongoing political and geopolitical shifts in the region and the rise of new types of actors such as the "Islamic State"? And what, if anything, can and should Western powers do?

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