Democracy Events

"Empire" and "Invitations": Geir Lundestad’s Impact on Cold War Scholarship in Perspective

March 13, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Geir Lundestad has been the Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1990, retiring at the end of 2014 as director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Geir has made an enormous scholarly contribution to the field of history and supported many scholarly endeavors in the social sciences through the Nobel Institute fellowship and symposia program inaugurated under his leadership. Please join us for a symposium honoring Professor Geir Lundestad at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions

March 11, 2015 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Global Europe Program
Dr. Skendaj will discuss his book, Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions, which highlights efforts to build the police force, the central government, courts, and a customs service.
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Burundi's 2015 Elections: Perspectives, Priorities, and Preparations at Three Months Out

February 27, 2015 // 9:30am11:00am
Africa Program
In three months, the Burundian elections season will begin. These will be the country’s second direct elections since its decade-long conflict ended in 2003. Preparations are underway for the elections, with the mobilization of efforts by the Burundian Government, its international partners, as well as national and global civil society groups. Please join us for a discussion organized by the Great Lakes Policy Forum, hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center, to take stock of the current pre-electoral context, and priorities over the coming months. The panel discussion will feature perspectives from the Burundian and US governments, as well as Burundian and international civil society groups. What are the priorities for the Burundian government? What gaps remain unfilled? Where do civil society groups see priorities lying in order to ensure an inclusive, peaceful and successful electoral process?
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Crossroads or Crisis? The Future of the Mexican Left

February 23, 2015 // 9:00am10:30am
Mexico Institute
The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute is pleased to a discussion on the future of the left in Mexico and the challenges the country faces.
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Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan: Threats and Opportunities

February 12, 2015 // 1:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 10th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan featuring keynote remarks the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Mustafa Nayyem, a journalist, democracy activist and Parliamentarian in Ukraine. Opening remarks will be provided by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland.
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Great Lakes Policy Forum| Land Tenure, Conflict, and Marginalization: New Analysis and Responses in Uganda

February 12, 2015 // 9:30am11:00am
Africa Program
Rapid population growth and commercial investments are transforming rural Uganda, where 85% of citizens rely on access to productive land for their livelihood. Access to justice in land-related matters is largely out of reach, particularly for the most marginalized groups. To address some of these issues, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and the Africa Program of the Wilson Center hosted a discussion on the changing dynamics of land tenure and access to justice in Uganda. The discussion featured Albert Gomez Mugumya and Jennifer Ober of USAID’s Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (SAFE) Program in Uganda. The SAFE Program is implemented by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and SFCG, in partnership with local non-governmental organizations and community groups in 20 of the most conflict-affected districts of Uganda.

Nigeria in Focus: A Preview of the 2015 Elections

February 11, 2015 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
On Wednesday, February 11th, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted an off-the-record panel discussion examining the up-to-the-minute issues in Nigeria’s presidential contest.
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Latin America's Electoral Cycle 2014-15

February 10, 2015 // 1:00pm5:30pm
Latin American Program
This event will feature experts on recent and upcoming elections across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Greece and EEC Membership: Was it a Mistake?

February 03, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979 by Eirini Karamouzi explores the history of the European Economic Community (EEC) in the turbulent decade of the 1970s with a focus on the Community’s response to the fall of the Greek dictatorship and the country’s application for EEC membership.

Turkey’s Troubled Democracy and Foreign Policy

January 28, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Savaş Genç will discuss recent political developments, including concerns over the weakening of the rule of law, growing pressure on the judiciary and limits on the freedom of expression under Erdogan’s leadership. One focus will be media freedom which Genç argues has suffered the most as journalists have lost their jobs or been detained and newspapers and TV stations have been raided, raising questions about the future course of Erdogan’s “New Turkey:”

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