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Lessons Learned from the Arab Spring

GFNA Executive Director Anthony Jones has written an analysis of the lessons that can be learned from an analysis of the anticommunist uprisings of 1989 and the Arab Spring... 

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Mikhail Gorbachev: The Ice Has Broken

 

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Northeastern wins award for globalizing university

Northeastern was one of five colleges and universities awarded the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by the Association of International Educators last month. 

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Gorbachev's revolution

NOT ONE OF the grey men who assembled this week 25 years ago to pick a successor to Constantin Chernenko, the greyest of all leaders of the Soviet Union, had any idea what they would set in train. Within hours of his death the Politburo had earmarked the youngest among their number, Mikhail Gorbachev (54), to become the last secretary general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He would later become the first and last President of the Soviet Union and, despite himself, its gravedigger. 

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Program Director of Club of Madrid to take post in the Obama Administration as USAID Chief of Staff

Sean Carroll, Club of Madrid Program Director since 2004, will be leaving the organization to take up a post in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), effective March 1. 

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Wim Kok, New President of the Club of Madrid

 

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I congratulate you on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I am convinced that it is the right decision, which significantly reinforces our family of Nobel laureates. Your efforts have helped to bring about a significant change in the international climate. I feel close affinity to your vision of the global world and of relations among nations. Implementing it will require strong will, statesmanship and mastery of communication. It will also require support from Americans and from men and women of good will throughout the world. 

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The Nuclear Threat: A Commentary by Mikhail Gorbachev for the Wall Street Journal

"As someone who signed the first treaties on real reductions in nuclear weapons, I feel it is my duty to support their call for urgent action." 

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Club of Madrid to host international conference in March

"What Policies for Globalizing Cities? Rethinking the Urban Policy Agenda" will be held with the Madrid City Council in co-operation with the Spanish Ministry of Public Administration, the Club of Madrid and with the full support of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event aims to identify pressing issues and recognise latent development opportunities faced by cities today. 

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Club of Madrid to hold its V General Assembly and Annual Conference

 

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Book: Digital Economic Dynamics: Innovations, Networks And Regulations

The 21st century is increasingly shaped by the expansion of software applications and digital networking. This book analyzes the dynamics and impacts of software development and discusses new institutional and economic changes in the context of digital market economies.  

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GFNA Senior Fellow Jorge Dominguez and Vice President Anthony Jones co-edit book

GFNA Senior Fellow Jorge Dominguez and Vice President Anthony Jones have co-edited a book on Constructing Democracy: Lessons from Practice and Research, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2007. 

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Book: Power and Security in Northeast Asia: Shifting Strategies Under U.S. Hegemony

GFNA Senior Fellow Byung-Kook Kim and GFNA Vice President Anthony Jones have co-edited a book on Power and Security in Northeast Asia: Shifting Strategies Under U.S. Hegemony, which will be published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in 2007. The volume considers an array of military, diplomatic, economic, and national issues in this area of the world that has important implications for global security. 

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Dr. George J. Matthews appointed Senior Fellow

The Institute for Socio Economic and Political Studies, which is located at Trinity College, Oxford University, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. George J. Matthews as a Senior Fellow.  

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

An excerpt from John A. Curry's book, concerning Dr. George J. Matthews. 

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Ricardo Lagos new president of the Club of Madrid

Immediately after stepping down as President of Chile with a 70% approval rating at home and broad national and international recognition for ruling democratically, further inserting Chile into the global economy and reducing poverty at record rates, Ricardo Lagos becomes President of the Club of Madrid and chairs his first meeting in Stockholm. 

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Article by John M. Deutch : Research Worth Fighting For

New York Times Op Ed. 

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Book: Economic Liberalization and Integration Policy: Options for Eastern Europe and Russia

After the 1998 Russian economic crisis, there are new opportunities for sustained growth in many countries of the former Soviet Union. Against this backdrop, the authors of this book analyze the dynamics of macroeconomic and structural developments in Eastern Europe and Russia, with special attention paid to problems of international and national integration, "Dutch disease" and natural resource dependency, and distortions in institutional reforms. The analysis also sheds light on how these problems have implications for cooperation among OECD-countries. A critical focus is on institutional adjustment and learning, human capital formation, trade and foreign investment. The political economy challenges of stability and growth in the region are highlighted. New empirical findings and comparative policy analysis - including in the field of natural resource policy - are major elements in this publication.  

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Gorbachev Receives Athenagoras Award

More than 700 people witnessed one of the most prominent figures of the 20th century accept the Athenagoras Human Rights Award of the Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America on October 22. 

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M.S. Gorbachev in the USA

 

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Book: The Cuban Economy at the Start of the Twenty-First Century

How can Cuba address the challenges of economic development and transformation that have bedeviled so many Latin American and Eastern European countries? What are the universally common macroeconomic and societal challenges it faces and the specific peculiarities that have emerged after a decade-long transformation of its economy? 

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GFNA Executive Director Anthony Jones at World Political Forum in Turin, Italy

Anthony Jones was a contributor and discussion group leader at the conference organized by the World Political Forum in Turin, Italy, on 4-6 March 2005 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of perestroika.  

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Madrid to host an International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security in March 2005

The event will coincide with the 1st Anniversary of the Madrid terrorist attacks. Over 50 former and current Heads of State and Government to attend! 

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GFNA Executive Director Anthony Jones at World Political Forum in Stresa, Italy

Professor Anthony Jones participated in the discussions organized by the World Political Forum on "Poverty in the World - A Challenge to Globalization" which were held in Stresa, Italy, on 22-23 October 2004.  

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Competition for Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Corporate Governance

The State University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow and the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada and are pleased to announce a Canadian Fellowship Program open to experienced Russian faculty members of business, economics, management, law and related disciplines. The fellowships, offered by the Government of Canada, are tenable at a month-long summer course in corporate governance of which two weeks will be given in Moscow and two weeks in Toronto.  

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Book: Making Technology Work: Applications in Energy and Environment

Professor Deutch has co-authored a book entitled Making Technology Work: Applications in Energy and Environment with Richard K. Lester. Professor Deutch notes, "This book carries the message that I believe is most important for those who care about science and engineering: Successful innovation only occurs when technical, economic, and social considerations are integrated and this book presents useful tools for this purpose." 

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Stunning New Behrakis Center Dedicated

The ceremony making the opening of the Behrakis Health Sciences Center, made possible by alumnus George D. Behrakis, PAH'57, H'98, was held on November 12, 2003. 

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Marshall Goldman's new book: The Piratization of Russia: Russian Reform Goes Awry

The Piratization of Russia: Russian Reform Goes Awry Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 10, 2003) ISBN: 041531528X In-Print Editions: Paperback (1)  

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GFNA Program Director, Sheila M. Puffer, Honored by University

 

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Book: Jewish Life After the USSR

The struggle of Soviet Jews to leave the USSR and emigrate to Israel attracted considerable international attention in the early 1970s. 

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Book: Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America

Since the first edition of the acclaimed Constructing Democratic Governance was published in 1996, the democracies of Latin America and the Caribbean have undergone significant change. 

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Book: Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Legacy of Communist Rule

Including essays by several leading contemporary specialists, this volume addresses the extent to which postcommunist societies have successfully institutionalized democratic politics and capitalist market economies over a decade after the collapse of the Soviet bloc. As the first volume to apply a systematic "comparative historical" approach to the subject matter, it reveals the precise social, cultural, and geographical constraints and opportunities facing postcommunist reformers. 

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Club of Madrid Holds First General Assembly

 

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Book: War with Iraq: Costs, Consequences, and Alternatives

by Carl Kaysen (Author), Steven E. Miller (Author), Martin B. Malin (Author), William D. Nordhaus (Author), John D. Steinbruner (Author) 

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GFNA Conference Book Published

 

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GFNA at Microsoft Government Leaders' Conference

 

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Book: Mathematical Optimization and Economic Theory

Mathematical Optimization and Economic Theory provides a self-contained introduction to and survey of mathematical programming and control techniques and their applications to static and dynamic problems in economics, respectively. 

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Grzegorz Ekiert Joins GFNA as a Senior Fellow

GFNA is pleased to announce that Grzegorz Ekiert has become a Senior Fellow. He is Professor of Government at Harvard University, and is a senior faculty associate of Harvard's Center for European Studies. His research interests are in the areas of comparative politics; regime change and democratization; and collective politics and society. His appointment will enhance GFNA's coverage of developments in Europe and in the societies of Central and Eastern Europe.  

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New Senior Fellows in 2002

 

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Book: Rebellious Civil Society: Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland, 1989-1993

Poland is the only country in which popular protest and mass opposition, epitomized by the Solidarity movement, played a significant role in bringing down the communist regime. This book, the first comprehensive study of the politics of protest in postcommunist Central Europe, shows that organized protests not only continued under the new regime but also had a powerful impact on Poland's democratic consolidation. 

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Diego Hidalgo honored with a Northeastern degree during commencement ceremonies June 2001.

Mr. Hidalgo received a Doctor of Journalism degree. 

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Book: Asymmetric Monetary Transmission in Europe

This study investigates whether the common monetary policy by the European Central Bank leads to asymmetric macroeconomic developments in the EU member countries. Several theoretical models of monetary unions are developed to assess how differences in particular channels of transmission translate into differences in the overall strength of monetary transmission within the EMU. As an extension to other studies in this field, we investigate not only the macroeconomic relevance of asymmetries in financial structure, but also the implications of asymmetries in goods and labor markets. In the empirical part, this study critically evaluates previous empirical evidence and presents new econometric results on asymmetric monetary transmission in Europe. The final part describes the structural changes after the establishment of EMU and evaluates their implications for asymmetric monetary transmission in Europe.  

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Book: The United States and the International Criminal Court

by Sarah B. Kaysen, Carl Sewall, Sarah B. Sewall, Carl Kaysen 

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Book: Remarkable Events in Central America: International Perspectives on Sustainability

Book by Senior Fellow Jose Maria Figueres Olsen. 

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