Freedom, Democracy and Prosperity in Central Europe: Story of Transformation and Integration of Slovakia
November 10, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Slovakia has made much progress in its transition from part of a socialist, pro-Soviet republic to an independent, democratic nation, but there remains much hard work ahead; that was the theme of remarks by Prime Minister Iveta Radicová at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on November 10, 2010.
November 08, 2010 // 3:30pm — 6:00pm
November 08, 2010 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Hugh Pope, Turkey/Cyprus Project Director, International Crisis Group
November 04, 2010 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Imminent violence and war make news headlines, while longstanding peace and good inter-state relations hardly seem newsworthy. By contrast, Charles Kupchan's new book, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace, focuses on the origins of peace rather than war. While war is certainly big news, he posits that the bigger news is that the US-Canada border has been consistently peaceful for more than a century, or that only 68 years after France and Germany fought two world wars, people can now drive across the border as though it does not exist. His new book seeks to identify the dynamics that lead countries to achieve lasting peace.
November 03, 2010 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
Ina Merdjanova, Marie Curie Fellow at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College (Dublin); Patrice Brodeur, Canada Research Chair on Islam, Pluralism and Globalization, University of Montreal (Canada); Qamar-ul Huda,Senior Program Officer, Religion and Peacemaking Center of Innovation, United States Institute of Peace
Assimilation, Accommodation, and Exclusion in the Balkans: Serbian Nation-Building Policies Toward Kosovo Albanians, 1912-1940
October 27, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
In the process of nation-building, states attempt to make the state and the demographic nation overlap. In this process, national minorities become a problem and European nation states have a checkered past in terms of dealing with them, with variable policies reflecting ethnic antipathy at one moment and cooperation at another. Conventional wisdom holds that ethnic antipathy is the result of cultural distance or "age-old ethnic hatreds." However, according to Harris Mylonas, these theories neither predict outcomes nor account for variation in minority policy over time. His research focuses on the relationship between minority treatment and interstate relations, in an effort to gain a broader understanding the complexity of state-building and minority policies in Europe.
October 20, 2010 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
October 19, 2010 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
Aristotle Tziampiris, Assistant Professor, Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus (Greece)
October 15, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
October 15, 2010 // 10:00am — 11:00am
"Any serious effort to address the complex, inter-related problems of Eurasian energy must be informed by humility," says Ambassador Richard Morningstar in the inaugural event for the European Studies Program's new European Energy Security Initiative.