Archived Events

 

2004

 

February 12, 2004

Panel Discussion: New Europe Faces America
Aleksander Smolar
Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS, Paris;
President, Stefan Batory Foundation, Warsaw

Gerard Baker
Chief US Commentator, Financial Times

 

March 1, 2004

Panel Discussion:
The Challenges of European Integration:
Views from "Old" and "New" Europe
Gesine Schwan
President, Europa-Universität Viadrina
Michal Buchowski
Professor of Anthropology at the University of Poznan in Poland
and of Comparative Central European Studies
at Europe-University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder

Organized by the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University
and the American Council on Germany in cooperation
with the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

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March 18, 2004

Panel Discussion:
Putin's Second Term: Prospects for Russisa and America
Lilia Shevtsova
Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow
Angela Stent
National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council; on leave from Georgetown University
and of Comparative Central European Studies
at Europe-University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder

Moderator: Arnold Horelick
RAND Corporation; former Vice President Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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April 28, 2004

Panel Discussion:
The End of the Affair? "New" Europe and the United States
Adam Michnik
Editor-in-Chief, Gazeta Wyborcza
Jonathan Schell
Harold Willens Peace Fellow, The Nation Institute

In cooperation with the Polish American Networking Organization (PANO)

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September 13, 2004

Andrzej Olechowski
European Deputy Chairman of the Trilateral Commission
and former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs

The New Atlantic Partnership

Respondent: John Darnton
Associate Editor, The New York Times

In cooperation with the Polish American Networking Organization (PANO)

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September 29, 2004

Conference
The Concave Mirror: The US and Europe Look at Eachother
Ron Asmus
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Laurence Bagot
Staff Reporter, Enjeux les Echos; 2005 Nieman Fellow, Harvard University
Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger
Foreign Policy Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Jim Smith
Foreign Editor, The Boston Globe
Moderator: Gail Harris
Journalist, PBS and NPR

A presentation of the results of the Transatlantic Trends 2004 survey undertaken by the German Marshall Fund in Europe and the United States on European and American attitudes toward one another. Following in the footsteps of Transatlantic Trends 2003 and Worldviews 2002, the 2004 survey examined pressing transatlantic topics such as terrorism, WMD and threat perception; US and European willingness to use force; the role of the UN and other international institutions; the War in Iraq; Turkey and the EU; and the overall state of US-European relations.

In cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States
and the American Council on Germany

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October 1, 2004

Franz Fischler
European Union Agricultural Commissioner

European Agricultural Policy: A Conversation with Franz Fischler

The Agricultural Commissioner of the European Union answers questions on agricultural subsidies and their impact on developing nations, EU-US relations, and Turkey in Europe.

Event organized by European Studies at Boston University
in cooperation with the Institute for Human Sciences

 

October 5, 2004

Poetry and Politics
Robert Pinsky
United States Poet Laureate 1997-2000;
Professor of English and Creative Writing, Boston University

Derek Walcott
1992 Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature;
Professor of English and Creative Writing, Boston University

Adam Zagajewski
Polish poet, novelist, essayist
Moderator: Irena Grudzinska Gross

In cooperation with the Creative Writing Program at Boston University
and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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October 6, 2004

Michel Rocard
Member, European Parliament and former Prime Minister of France

Some Reflections on That Uselessly Unpleasant
Franco-American Relationship

Respondent: Mark Lilla
Professor of Social Thought, University of Chicago

In cooperation with the Consulate General of France in Boston and the French Library and Cultural Center / Alliance Française of Boston and Cambridge

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October 21, 2004

Pierre Rosanvallon
Director of Studies, Centre de Recherches Politiques Raymond Aron, EHESS, Paris; Professor of Modern and Contemporary Politics, Collège de France

European Institutions and the Future of Democracy

Respondent: Vivien Schmidt
Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration,
Department of International Relations, Boston University

 

November 16, 2004

International Conference
The United States and Europe: Partnership or Competition
The focus of the conference was American vs. European perspectives on
the Middle East. Panelists discussed problems and solutions, especially
instruments of international cooperation.

Opening Remarks: John Silber
President Emeritus, Boston University

Session I - European vs. American Perspectives on the Middle East
Keynote Speaker:
Alain Juppé
Mayor of Bordeaux and former Prime Minister of France
Panel Discussion

James Hoge
Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Affairs (Chair)
Rachel Bronson
Director of Middle East and Gulf Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Thérèse Delpech
Atomic Energy Commission in Paris
Michael Mertes
Partner at "dimap consult", a think tank based in Bonn and Berlin,
and former policy advisor to Helmut Kohl

David Phillips
Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Center for Preventive Action,
Council on Foreign Relations

Session II - Instruments of International Cooperation
Keynote Speaker: Wolfgang Ischinger
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the
United States of America

Panel Discussion

Aleksander Smolar
CNRS, Paris; President of the Stefan Batory Foundation, Warsaw (Chair)
Maarten Brands
Professor of History, University of Amsterdam
Charles Kupchan
Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University;
Director of Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Stephen Walt
Belfer Professor of International Relations,
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

In cooperation with the Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam

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December 1, 2004

Suhat Kiniklioglu
Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States

The Domestic Implications of Turkey's EU Drive

In cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States
and the Department of International Relations at Boston University

 

December 5, 2004


Panel Discussion: Jacek Kuron’s Legacy: the Last Dissident
Padraic Kenney
Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder
David Ost
Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Joanna Regulska
Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Professor of Geography,
and Chair of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at
Rutgers University, New Jersey
Jacques Rupnik
Professor of Political Science and Research Director at CERI - Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Paris; Professor of History at the Sorbonne and Professor of Politics at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris
Andrzej Tymowski
Director of International Programs at American Council of Learned Societies
Moderator: Irena Grudzinska Gross

Jacek Kuron (March 3,1934 - Jun 17, 2004)
Jacek Kuron was one of the most important oppositional leaders in Eastern Europe. Born in the then Polish (and now Ukrainian) Lviv, into a Socialist family, he lived through World War II and the German occupation first in Lviv then in Warsaw. Early in the 1950s, he joined the Communist Party and founded the "red" scouting organization, teaching cooperative methods and social goals. In 1956, during the rebellious "Polish October,” he participated in workers' protests and was expelled from the Party, which he rejoined, only to be expelled again. In the late 1960s and 1970s, between several prison stays, he was one of the most fearless and imaginative leaders of the democratic opposition. His most famous quote came as the protesting workers were setting fire in 1970 to the building that housed Party Committee headquarters: "Don't burn Committees. Create your own!" He was a founding member of KOR - the Committee to Defend Workers - and of the Baltic Coast workers committees, the institution that led to the creation of the Solidarity movement. While Solidarity existed, he was an adviser to Lech Walesa. When the introduction of martial law ended the short period of liberty in Poland, Jacek Kuron was again sent to prison. In 1989, he played a pivotal role in the Roundtable Accords and in the formation of the first democratic government, in which he served as Minister of Labor and Social Policy, taking upon himself, as usual, the most difficult and thankless task of reconciling market reforms with social protections. Gradually incapacitated by illness, he never stopped agitating for social justice and citizens'self-organization.

In cooperation with the American Council on Learned Societies and the journal East European Politics and Societies

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