Communist and Post-Communist Countries Seminar

This seminar is closed to the public.

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From the 1970s to the 1990s, countries with communist political systems faced many similar challenges but responded in remarkably different ways. By the beginning of the 1990s, communist regimes survived only in Cuba and East Asia. Nearly all communist and post-communist countries now confront issues of political legitimacy, economic growth and performance, and national and ethnic identities. The communist and post-communist worlds pose stunning challenges in the redesign of the international system: China is an emerging superpower, North Korea is a persistent threat to peace in East Asia, Russia is seeking a new international role, and countries of East Central Europe play the increasingly important role within the European Union. Harvard University has numerous faculty associated with various departments, research centers, and institutes who work on nearly all of these countries and issues. Each year, a faculty seminar on these topics meets three or four times under the sponsorship of the Weatherhead Center and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian studies. Each session is deliberately comparative, seeking to address themes that cut across at least two countries.

Chairs

Timothy J. Colton

Faculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies; Chair, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Jorge I. Domínguez

Chairman, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Senior Adviser, Executive Committee; Faculty Associate. Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Department of Government; Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University.

Grzegorz Ekiert

Executive Committee; Faculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies; Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Elizabeth J. Perry

Faculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute.

See also: Closed Seminars