Europe 25 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Friday, November 21, 20142:00PM - 5:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs - 1 Devonshire Place
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The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies together with the European Cultural Institutes in Canada are inviting eminent Czech, French, German, Polish, and Hungarian scholars to discuss (Eastern and Western) Europe’s hopes and expectations 25 years ago and compare them with European and global realities today.


Libor Žídek is an associate professor at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. His main field of interest is economic transformation from centrally planned to market economies in Central and Eastern Europe. He has published several articles on this topic, and his book about the transformation process in Central Europe is in print (CEU Press, Hungary). He has given lectures and courses about the topic in the UK, Germany, and Hungary and is invited to Poland and Macedonia.

Jörn Mothes was born 1962 in Stralsund. He is a German theologian and an East German civil rights activist. He was actively involved in the dissolution of the East German State Security secret police. Mothes helped establish the Stasi Archives in the new province of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where he was State Commissionerfrom 1998-2008. Today he is the head of division in the Ministry of Education in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Adam Reichardt is the editor-in-chief of New Eastern Europe, a bimonthly magazine dedicated to Central and Eastern European affairs. He previously spent eight years in public policy in Washington DC, as well as a large portion of his studies in Kraków, Poland, where he now permanently resides.

Attila Marjan has been working in EU diplomacy and at EU institutions (European Commission, European Council) in Brussels for fourteen years. He participated at Hungary’s EU-accession negotiations as counselor to the chief negotiator, then joined the European Commision in 2004 as political and economic advisor to EU Commissioners. He was public policy scholar of the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center. His book, titled “Europe’s Destiny” published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2010 was selected for the best academic titles list in the USA. He was European research director of the Hungarian Institute of International Relations and currently is head of the International and EU Department of the National University of Public Service in Budapest.

Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol holds a BA in European Studies from Sciences Po, Strasbourg, an MSc (Distinction) in International History from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence.Prior to joining the Adam Smith Business School, he has been Pinto Post-Doctoral Fellow at the LSE, and Research Associate in the Economic History Department at the University of Glasgow. Emmanuel’s research interests lie in international economic history, European integration, the development of international/European financial regulation and supervision and the internationalisation strategies of commercial banks.

Jiří Vykoukal graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University in history. After graduation he became a research fellow at the Institute of Central and East European History of the Czechoslovak Academy of Science and later a research fellow at the Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Department of Modern History. In 1991/1992 he lectured as a visiting professor at Lawrence University (USA). Now he is a director of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. He has been a member of several scientific institutions (Eurasian Political Studies Network, Scientific Board – Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, Czech – Polish Historians Commission) and is on the editorial boards of prestigious scientific journals. His main areas of interest are Central European countries (esp. Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) and their relation to Russia and Post-soviet countries.


Prof. Attila Marjan
National University of Public Service, Budapest

Prof. Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol
University of Glasgow

Dr. Jiří Vykoukal
Charles University, Prague

Prof. Libor Žídek
Masaryk University

Jörn Mothes
Former commissioner for Stasi (East German secret police) records in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Adam Reichardt
Editor-in-Chief of New Eastern Europe

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