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New Directions Lecture - Is There Still an “Eastern” Europe?

Event Type
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; European Union Center
210 General Lounge, Illini Union (1401 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801)
Sep 4, 2014   4:00 pm  
Carol Leff, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Free and open to the public
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Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Speakers

As communism started to collapse in 1989, many in the region aspired to a Europe “without adjectives,” East or West.  The democratic capitalist transition and accession to the European Union and NATO by most of the countries we knew as Eastern European might suggest the East-West distinction is no longer a relevant  way for academics to think about politics on the continent.  This lecture will deal with how political scientists have approached that question, drawing in particular on (the speaker's) own research into post-communist elite transformation and ethnic minority politics.

Please join us for the REEEC Fall Reception immediately after this lecture.

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