Democratic Transition Events

Threats to the Free Press in the Baltic States: Assessing the Impact of Government Policies and the Financial Crisis

May 05, 2011 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Global Europe Program
The 2008 economic crisis had a dramatic impact on the societies and economies of the Baltic States. To give a sense of the scale: in Latvia, GDP plummeted from 11.9 percent in 1996 to -19 percent in 2009. Two journalists from the region, Inga Springe and Dainius Radzevicius, asserted that among the many other consequences of the crisis, it has had a significant impact on the quality of the media. The panelists discussed the impact that these developments may have on democracy in the region.
Webcast

Policing Democracy: Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security Reform in Latin America

May 02, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Latin American Program
In his new book, Mark Ungar reviews the full spectrum of areas needing change: criminal law, policing, investigation, trial practice, and incarceration.

An Incoherent Policy: Rule of Law Reform in Central Europe and Beyond

April 29, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Stephen Humphreys's analysis of rule of law theory and practice identified a wide gulf between the theory and the manner in which "rule of law" is promoted abroad. Moreover, according to Humphreys, the extraordinarily ambitious rule of law promotion project has devolved into an incoherent policy because it is treated simply as a technocratic exercise, with few resources and little controversy.

The Variable Impact of EU Conditionality: Differentiated Reforms in the Entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina

April 20, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Since the Dayton Peace Accord was signed 16 years ago, the European Union (EU) has been actively involved in Bosnia and Herzegovina in various capacities and has created a number of local institutions to support its four current missions. At the same time, the complicated state institutional structure in Bosnia means that the EU must simultaneously interact with a number of local and state-level institutions. Mujo Hadzic discussed a central puzzle: Does EU conditionality work in such a complex environment? Given this institutional complexity, Hadzic argued, both the Bosnian government and the EU struggle to speak with one voice, which dilutes the EU's impact and diffuses the energies of Bosnian institutions.
Webcast

A Conversation with Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa

April 19, 2011 // 2:30pm3:30pm
Middle East Program
Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa, Minister of Finance, Kingdom of Bahrain

The Political Situation in Lebanon with an Eye on What is Happening in Syria

April 11, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
May Chidiac, Professor, Prominent Lebanese Media and National Figure
Webcast

Youth Activism, the January 25 Revolution, and Egypt's Transition

April 06, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Middle East Program
Esraa Abdel Fattah, Leading Egyptian democracy and human rights activist; Jason Brownlee, Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center and Associate Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin; Stephen McInerney, Executive Director, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
Webcast

New Media and Political Change in Egypt: Causes, Implications and Communication Strategies

March 30, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Sahar Mohamed Khamis, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of Women's Studies, University of Maryland
Webcast

Tunisia Predicted: Demography and the Probability of Liberal Democracy in the Greater Middle East

March 24, 2011 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In 2008, demographer Richard Cincotta predicted that between 2010 and 2020 the states along the northern rim of Africa – Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt – would each reach a demographically measurable point where the presence of at least one liberal democracy (and perhaps two), among the five, would not only be possible, but probable. Recent months have brought possible first steps to validate that prediction.

Why There Is (Almost) No Post-Communist Christian Democracy

March 23, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Compared to their West European cousins, post-communist Christian Democratic parties are notable for their lack of success.

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