Eastern Europe Events
March 25, 2009 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Patrick Hyder Patterson, Assistant Professor of History, University of California-San Diego
Central and Eastern Europe and the Global Financial Crisis: Heightened Risks and Rising Vulnerabilities
March 18, 2009 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
To varying degrees, the global economic crisis has not only stalled the dramatic economic growth of postcommunist East Europe, but has also pushed some countries into recession. Sharon Fisher presented an in-depth analysis of the economies of Central and Eastern Europe and assessed their ability to recover from the recession.
March 04, 2009 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Gerald A. McDermott, Associate Professor, Sonoco International Business Department, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
February 25, 2009 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Andrew Konitzer, associate professor of political science, Samford University
February 18, 2009 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Mark Baskin, senior associate and research professor, Center for International Development, Rockefeller College, University of Albany; Paula Pickering, associate professor of government, College of William and Mary
February 12, 2009 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Ioannis Tsorbatzoglou, Coordinator for the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative PRO Committees (SECIPRO), discussed the tumultuous conditions that existed prior to the establishment of SECI in 1996. Noting that with change comes instability, Tsorbatzoglou highlighted regional and ethnic conflicts that had erupted with the collapse of Yugoslavia as well as the high rates of inflation and rising unemployment. True change, said Tsorbatzoglou, did not come to the region until 1996.
February 11, 2009 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Julie Mostov, associate vice provost for international programs and professor of political science, Drexel University
February 04, 2009 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Douglas Davidson, Visiting Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund
January 28, 2009 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
The economic, political, social, and moral transformation in Central and East Europe remains unparalleled in terms of the depth of the reforms and the speed with which they were carried out. Among these reforms, these countries adopted European minority rights standards (as determined by the Council of Europe) in order to become European Union members. Nevertheless, although legal norms have been adopted to the highest degree, Michal Vasecka argued that minorities throughout Central and East Europe do not enjoy equal status with the titular nation and are not integrated socially or politically. Minority policies, Vasecka asserted, have failed, and it is important to address this failure in order to stem growing nationalism in these states.
January 21, 2009 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Ivan Vujacic, ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the United States