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Lessons for East Asia from Eastern Europe’s Institutional Changes and Governing Challenges
July 28, 2022 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Bojan Bugarič, Professor at the University of Sheffield and former Deputy Interior Minister of Slovenia
Lance Liangping Gore, Senior Research Fellow at the NUS East Asian Institute
Jacques Rupnik, Professor at CERI-Sciences Po and former advisor to President Vaclav Havel and to the European Commission
Moderated by: Richard Yarrow, Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore
In the 1980s, governing systems of Eastern Europe were in a state of turmoil. Few people trusted political leaders or regimes’ ideologies. Large, little-changed bureaucracies were unable to cope with growing pressure for social and economic improvement. By the late 1980s, widespread protests shook political systems across the region, leading to a period of steady, inconsistent political changes and reform attempts across the region.
Thirty years after the first elections following the end of the Warsaw Pact, what can countries in Asia learn from the governing challenges and development of new political institutions in Eastern Europe? This webinar brings experts on Eastern European politics to discuss causes of political turmoil in the 1980s, the challenges of reforming Eastern Europe’s political structures, and why Eastern European countries experienced varied outcomes in their institutional development. Through this analysis, panelists will comment on lessons for East Asia to learn from Eastern Europe’s political changes.
This event is the first part of a two-part series of panels. One can register for the second part, on economic challenges and transition, at https://nus-sg.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IVgHUfzMQAiGAnef7aNwLQ?timezone_id=America%2FNew_York.