March 14, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The eastern European revolutions of 1989 were a watershed in global history. Despite this, in the two decades since, their meaning has become a source of debate. While they have been promoted as a founding myth for a newly unified Europe, eastern Europeans have repeatedly represented them as a moment of betrayal, martyrdom, liberation, victory, disappointment, loss, colonization, or nostalgia.
February 01, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Could Hungary's experience as a European Union member state be instructive? During the past decade the country's macroeconomic policies were characterized by sharp changes first under a socialist and later under a center-right government. George Kopits, Wilson Center Senior Scholar and former chair of Hungary's Fiscal Council, will assess the country's fiscal and monetary policies, as well as its overall economic performance and institution-building efforts against the backdrop of the deepening European financial crisis.
January 25, 2011 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
The economic crisis in Hungary has evolved into a political crisis, as Viktor Orban's FIDESZ government has passed a number of laws and initiatives that severely thwart democracy. Orban's populism has led his government to restrict press freedoms, undermine the balance of powers and silence opponents in the arts and academia by cutting institutional budgets, while claiming austerity. According to Attila Mesterházy, leader of the opposition Hungarian Socialist Party, the FIDESZ government's reforms do not serve the national interest and have harmed Hungary's reputation abroad during this crucial period when it holds the rotating EU presidency.
February 17, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Although the postcommunist period brought an abrupt end to state policies that raised women's political and economic welfare, it also cleared the way for women to participate freely in democratic institutions and the market economy. Perhaps predictably, therefore, the impact that the postcommunist transition has had on women's welfare has also been mixed. Discussing the findings of her book, Katalin Fabian evaluated the gender regime and the growth of women's movements in postcommunist Hungary. She identified the interconnection between women's organizations, welfare policies and the impact that globalization has had on local activism.
April 11, 2007 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Elemer Hankiss, Director Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Sociology
Hungarian Refugee Students in the United States, 1956-1958 and the Response of the American Higher Education Community
January 31, 2007 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Christopher Medalis, Director, European Office, Institute for International Education
October 24, 2006 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Dr. A. Ross Johnson, former director, Radio Free Europe,Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, Dr. Kori Schake, Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies, The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, Paul Henze, US Department of State (Retired)this event is co-sponsored with the Cold War International History Project
September 14, 2005 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Julia Szalai, Professor of Social Policy and Social History, Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest and Former Wilson Center Fellow
January 12, 2005 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Zsuzsa Csergo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, George Washington University
October 23, 2002 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Bianca Adair, Former Fulbright Scholar to Austria and Hungary and Title VIII EES Grant Recipient