Report from the International Conference: “Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2019: Success and Failures”, 24-25th October 2019

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On October 24-25, 2019, An International Conference was held at the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Studies (WNPiSM) University of Warsaw: “Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe 1989–2019: Success and Failures.”

The event was an opportunity for discussion for almost 60 scientists (including 30 foreign academics).

The international conference was opened by the Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations UW, prof. Maciej Duszczyk and organizers of the meeting, Deputy Dean for Finance and Development of the WNPiSM UW, prof. Daniel Przastek and Agnieszka Bejma PhD. After the opening ceremony, there was an open lecture by prof. Elżbieta Matynia:Is Liberal Democracy Already History?“.

Year 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of major political, social, economic and cultural changes behind the Iron Curtain. Since that day different forms, models, and spheres of both transformaation and transition in Central-Eastern Europe have been reasearched by many academics from perspective of social sciences and humanities. But the open question remains: what is the general balance of successes and failures of last 30 years of changes in the former Eastern Bloc? Gathered scientists were pondering over this question during numerous thematic panels of the conference.

On October 24, 2019, a panel with Ambassadors from Central and Eastern Europe was held where we hosted HE Ambassador of Lithuania in the Republic of Poland Eduardas Borisovas, HE Ambassador of Latvia in the Republic of Poland Edgars Bondars, HE Ambassador of Estonia Martin Roger, HE Ambassador of Romania in the Republic of Poland Ovidiu Dranga, HE Ambassador of Bulgaria Emil Savov Yalnazov and HE Ambassador of Germany to the Republic of Poland Rolf Wilhelm Nikel. The discussion was moderated by prof. Roman Kuźniar, from the University of Warsaw.

On October 25, 2019, discussions in thematic panels continued. Detailed program of the event you can find here.

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