The recent arrest of Nabeel Rajab, Bahraini human rights activist and recipient of the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, has drawn world-wide media attention. Human rights organizations have issued statements in support of releasing the activist, as media networks reported on the arrest.
In the wake of this weekend's elections in France, Greece, and other parts of Europe, headlines across the globe suggest that voters have delivered a major anti-austerity message to their governments. Wilson Center expert Kent Hughes provides analysis and perspective on what political change in France and other countries might mean.
Alexandros Petersen, Advisor to the Wilson Center's European Energy Security Initiative (EESI), and Raffaello Pantucci of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences co-author an article as part of our joint-project on China in Central Asia.
The European Studies Program is happy to announce our new Title VIII Research Scholar, Alice Freifeld. She will be in residence at the Wilson Center until July 2012, working on a project tentatively entitled “Displaced Hungarian Jewish Identity, 1945-48.”
2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Winner Nabeel Rajab was told by security personnel at the Cairo International Airport that he is banned from entering Egypt.
The European Studies program is now accepting applications for its Junior Scholars' Training Seminar - a scholarship opportunity for graduate students (MA and above) working towards a degree in the social sciences and humanities with a regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic states. The application deadline has been extended until May 18, 2012.
European Studies Senior Associate Nida Gelazis to speak at a book discussion Unfinished Business - "The Western Balkans and the International Community." The event is part of a two-day South East European Economic Forum hosted by Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.
With last Sunday's vote heralding Putin's return to the presidency, Russia's opposition movement is settling into a long campaign for reforms, activist Oleg Kozlovsky says. "This struggle can take months; it can take years; and [we] realize it's not an easy task," he tells Context.
European Studies Senior Associate Nida Gelazis was recently quoted in the Italian on-line newspaper Affaritaliani assessing the benefits of European enlargement in the Western Balkans. In an article by Massimiliano Santalucia titled "The Balkan countries break into Europe. Montenegro and Serbia in the EU Soon," Gelazis discussed the pros and cons of admitting the former Yugoslav countries to the EU.