In this session, “A Democratic Paralysis? How the US Withdrawal and the EU’s Malfunctioning Bureaucracy Helped Russia Undermine Pro-Democracy Civil Society in Eastern Europe”, we hear from University of Colorado Boulder’s Dr. Svetoslav Derderyan.
Civil Society Organizations were an important tool in inducing reforms in the democratic development of Eastern European countries in the years after the end of communism, their impact amplified by funding from the US and EU in the early years of the Union. But then Russia saw an opportunity in the US withdrawal from the region and the EU’s dysfunction in the late 2000s, and successfully started funding CSOs delegitimizing and corrupting the democratic process.
The Juneau World Affairs Council and the University of Southeast, in collaboration with 360 North, present the 2018 World Affairs Forum, Europe: Allies and Alliances in a Turbulent World.
With support from AEL&P, Coeur Alaska Kensington Mine, Dreamhost.com, Haight & Associates, Sealaska, The Prospector Hotel, and Wostmann & Associates.