One of the most important political thinkers of Central Europe, Václav Havel was the former President of the Czech Republic whose dissections of Communist rule as a playwright helped topple communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989. Joined by his advisors and contemporaries, the event will honor his legacy as well as assess the current political and economic developments in Central-East Europe, as this year would have been his 80th birthday celebration.
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm - Opening Remarks
Alex Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm - Panel
Timothy Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, Columbia University
Michael Kraus, Frederick C. Dirks Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College
Jacques Rupnik, Director of Research, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Sciences Po
Jan Svejnar, James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance, Columbia SIPA
5:00 pm - Q&A
Co-sponsored by the East Central European Center, Harriman Institute, Alliance Program, and Václav Havel Library Foundation.