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Conference

Historical Legacies of Communism

April 21, 2011 - April 22, 2011, 219 Aaron Burr Hall - RSVP Required

After the collapse of 1989-91, most analysts tended to speak about a transition to a post-communist order determined by policy choices. More recently, after disappointment with failed (or nonexistent) transitions in many places, some analysts turned to the weight of the past and historical legacies of communism. How should we define a historical legacy? How can we demonstrate that a legacy is operative? This conference, building on an earlier workshop, examines cases of purported legacies to see when, if at all, historical legacies really do shape the long-term trajectory of systems after a crash. The papers, while focused on the former Soviet Union and its East European satellites, carry implications for the present-day turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East.

RSVP required: Contact Patricia Zimmer, pzimmer@princeton.edu or 609.258.4851

Readings available at http://www.princeton.edu/piirs/research/piirs-conferences-and-wor

Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 21

1:00-1:15 PM
Introductory Remarks
Mark Beissinger and Steve Kotkin

1:15-2:45
Session 1
Papers by Grigore Pop-Eleches and Jessica Allina-Pisano
Comments: Peter Rutland

2:45-3:00
BREAK

3:00-4:30
Session 2
Papers by Anna Grzymala-Busse and Volodomyr Kulyk
Comments: Mark Beissinger

4:30-6:00
Keynote Address
Valerie Bunce, Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies
and Professor of Government, Cornell University

Friday, April 22

9:00-10:30
Session 3
Papers by Eugene Huskey and Alexei Trochev
Comments: Kim Scheppele

10:30-10:45
BREAK

10:45-12:15
Session 4
Papers by Brian Taylor and Keith Darden
Comments: Val Bunce

1:30-3:00
Session 5
Papers by Tim Frye and Bela Greskovits
Comments: Steve Kotkin
3:00-3:15
BREAK

3:15-4:45
Session 6
Papers by Bruce Parrott and Georgi Khelashvili
Comments: Peter Rutland

4:45-5:30
Wrap-up
Mark Beissinger and Steve Kotkin

This event is cosponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; the Davis Center for Historical Studies; the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice; the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

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