In 1973, Katherine Verdery moved to Romania, the only country in the Eastern European bloc that welcomed Western scholars. She studied social inequality, ethnic relations and nationalism. After the fall of Communism she returned and looked at the transformation of socialist societies. Her most recent book, My life as a spy: Investigations into a secret police file was published in 2018, and it documents how the Romanian political police kept her under surveillance.
By Barry Gaberman, Merrill Sovner and William Moody | New York
The 1990s ushered in an era of widespread governmental support for liberal democracy and an opportunity to build civil society in countries where there had long been a dearth of public space separate from government control. There was optimism bordering on euphoria and a general belief that liberal democracy was the model of the future. This was an environment in which outside funders saw an opportunity to have an impact and were willing to seize that opportunity, even though their expertise in the region might have been modest in the beginning.
The GlobalFocus Center team wishes you happy holidays and a fruitful New Year!
The GlobalFocus Center together with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) hosted on Friday, December 6, 2019, in Bucharest experts and diplomats from the European Union for a meeting discussing the future of the Eastern Partnership, lessons learned during the past decade and challenges that lay ahead.