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  • 28 August 2019

    30 years after the onset of the three-dimensional transformation in East-Central and Wider Europe call for a reflection on these countries' experience and also represent an excellent opportunity to share insight from the most recent history of the region with academics, policy-makers, witnesses and representatives of the general public and the international community in Ireland. To this end, the Polish Embassy in Dublin initiated and coordinated the conference organized jointly with the embassies of the Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine and in cooperation with the TCD Trinity International Development Initiative and the Long Room Hub.

    2019 marks three decades after the fall of the Berlin wall, which preceded the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. It also marks 20 years since Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary and 15 years since Romania, Latvia and Slovakia joined NATO; 15 years since the V4 countries and Latvia joined the EU; 10 years of the establishment of the Eastern Partnership. The year 1989 thus symbolizes the beginning of a new era especially for the countries from the former Eastern bloc.

    To discuss the challenges and opportunities countries from the region faced, make sure to register at

    Conference attendance is free of charge.



    01:30 Welcome coffee and sandwiches

    02:00 Official opening

    2:10-3:25 Session 1: Identity Politics

    Chair: Dr. Galia Chimiak, Associate Professor of Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences/Polish Embassy in Dublin

    2:10-2:25 'Building democracy in time of war: identity, elections, and civil society in post-Maidan Ukraine' by Prof. Olexiy Haran (University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy; Research Director, Democratic Initiatives Foundation)

    2:25-2:40 'Kazakhstan 2019: Still in Search of National Identity?' by Dr. Zhanibek Arynov (Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan)

    2:40-2:55 'Georgia in Transition and its Irreversible Choice' by Ms. Tinatin Bregvadze (Invited Professor at the Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University)

    2:55-3:10 'Latvia in 2019: Is the glass half-full or half-empty?' by Dr Daunis Auers (Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Latvia)

    3:10-3:25 Discussion

    3:25-3:40 Break

    3:40-4:40 Session 2: Transformation Dynamics

    Chair: Dr Marvin Suesse, Assistant Professor of Economics, TCD

    3:40-3:55 'The exceptional case: The process of transformation in the GDR and reunited Germany' by Prof. Dr. Günther Heydemann (University of Leipzig/Technical University of Dresden)

    3:55-4:10 '30 Years of Enriching Democracy: Czech Civil Society since 1989' by Dr. Marek Skovajsa (Associate Professor at Charles University, Prague)

    4:10-4:25 'Slovakia: 30 years of freedom and 26 years of independence' by Dr. Alexander Duleba (Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Prešov)

    4:25-4:40 Discussion

    4:40-5:05 Coffee Break

    5:05-6:10 Session 3: Historical and Economic Perspectives

    Chair: Dr Gillian Wylie, Assistant Professor of International Peace Studies, TCD

    5:05-5:20 'Poland: Story of success… After all' by Dr Paweł Ukielski (Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences)

    5:20-5:35 '1989 and the Historical Legacies of Communism in Hungary 30 Years On' by Dr. Balázs Apor (Assistant Professor at the Centre for European Studies, Trinity College Dublin)

    5:35-5:50 'Economic challenges in the Romanian transition' by Dr. Emanuel Coman (Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin)

    5:50-6:05 Discussion

    6:05-6:10 Official Closing

    06:10 Regional wine sampling reception



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