Democratic Transition Events

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?

Having Faith in Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Distinguishing Between Noises and Signals

September 10, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Global Europe Program
Dr. Mustafa Cerić, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will address current global geopolitical challenges, notably schisms in the Middle East and its consequences for the European security project and integration of the Western Balkans into European Union and NATO.

Symbolic Nation-Building in Croatia from the Homeland War to EU Membership

August 19, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Drawing on a recently published larger volume - Strategies of Symbolic Nation-Building in Southeast Europe – Vjeran Pavlakovic will analyze the nation and state building strategies of the Croatian elite since the country attained independence, following the Homeland War, 1991-1995. In his presentation, Pavlakovic will focus on the role of contested narratives and commemorative practices related to the wars of the 20th century in the political arena. The discussion will also address current attitudes and sentiments in Croatia towards the EU, following the country’s accession to the European Union in July, 2013.

Putting the South Caucasus in Perspective

August 05, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Kennan Institute
Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia have been independent states for more than 23 years. Although geographically contiguous, they differ in language, religion, and political and security orientation. How is each country faring in state-building, developing democracy, and improving economic performance? What are their relationships with Russia and the West, and with each other? How does their historical experience influence current developments, and what are their long term prospects?
Webcast

Migration of Central American Minors: Causes and Solutions

July 24, 2014 // 11:30am12:30pm
Latin American Program
Foreign Ministers of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala discuss the regional perspective to the humanitarian crisis and unaccompanied minors.

A New Agenda for a New Ukraine: Political, Security, and Social Dimensions

July 15, 2014 // 3:30pm4:30pm
Kennan Institute
The Euromaidan Revolution in Ukraine was not simply against the surging corruption of the last decades, but for a new national agenda across the board. However, for Ukraine to succeed and to sustain the faith of those who supported the Euromaidan, further deep changes in the political system are still needed.

Russia's Far Right and Far Left Friends in Europe

July 11, 2014 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
In recent years Russia has shown a growing interest in East European far-right parties. Now Russia, as Political Capital Institute research demonstrates, is increasingly involving itself with far-right and far-left parties of Western Europe as well. At a time of political and economic crisis some European political forces have become particularly receptive to Russia’s new conservative, increasingly nationalist message. PCI Director Peter Kreko will discuss the changing perception of Russia on the political fringes of European politics and the new challenges it poses for Euro-Atlantic integration at both the national and the EU level.
Webcast

South Africa at 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy

June 24, 2014 // 2:25pm5:50pm
Africa Program
This year, South Africa is celebrating 20th anniversary of its first general elections when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency ending the scourge of apartheid. This milestone anniversary is an occasion to reflect on the impressive accomplishments of South African democracy and economy since 1994, ponder key challenges facing the country today and in the years ahead, and also think about South Africa's place in Africa and globally.

What to Expect from the Al-Sisi Presidency

June 16, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in on June 8. In his inauguration speech, al-Sisi spoke of his intent to lead Egypt in an inclusive manner. Khattab, who lives in Egypt, Ottaway, who recently returned from Egypt, and Shahin share their opinions of what the future of Egypt will hold.
Webcast

Brazilian Public Opinion Ahead of the World Cup: A Launch of the Pew Research Center’s Brazil Survey

June 03, 2014 // 10:00am12:30pm
Brazil Institute
On June 3rd, the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center will host a presentation of the report’s main findings by Juliana Menasce Horowitz, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center and principal author of the survey report.

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