The East Central European Center at the Harriman Institute concerns itself with the countries and peoples in the geographical arc from Bulgaria, (ex-) Yugoslavia, Romania in the southeast of Europe, through Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia in the center, to Poland and the Baltic states in northeastern Europe.  For half a millennium these peoples had a similar destiny in that they were constituents of multinational empires, including what might be termed the Soviet Empire in the second half of the twentieth century. Even after that last empire was dismantled in 1989, the countries of East Central Europe have continued to have common concerns and similar interaction with the EU and global capitalism.  They have recent shared concerns, such as populism, a reassertive Russia, and the migration of refugees.