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Democratic Malaise in Post-Communist Europe
November 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm EST
DEMOCRATIC MALAISE IN POST-COMMUNIST EUROPE:WHAT:
The reasons for the failure of democracy to take hold in Russia and for its current backsliding in Central Europe are complex, but one important and often neglected factor is what Ivan Krastev (in a July 2018 article in the Journal of Democracy) has called “Imitation and Its Discontents.” Following the collapse of communism, the countries in the region faced both internal and external pressure to “imitate the West” by adopting many of its democratic institutions and norms.
Despite the advantages this may have brought, it also has generated feelings of a loss of sovereignty and ushered in a period of growing malaise. As global authoritarian forces continue to rise, even the once seemingly consolidated democracies of Central Europe appear to be turning away from “Western” values of liberalism and embracing their own notion of “the real Europe.” Ivan Krastev will analyze this shift, explaining why illiberal and anti-Western sentiments continue to rise. He will also discuss how democratic forces can respond to these vexing challenges.
**Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies (Sofia), Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna)
**Marc F. Plattner, Coeditor, Journal of Democracy
NOTE: Ukraine is not mentioned in the description but seems likely to be addressed.
Monday, November 5
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
National Endowment for Democracy
1025 “F” Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
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