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U.S. Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (2014-2018): Challenges and Opportunities April 23, 2014 / Washington, DC

The United States is developing its second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) — a broad assessment of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and their effectiveness in furthering the country’s foreign policy objectives. Completed in 2010, the inaugural QDDR outlined a broad framework for augmenting and leveraging U.S. “civilian power” to advance core American interests.

Keynote from South Caucasus: The Dividing Lines Are Shifting April 14, 2014

In a keynote address, S. Frederick Starr explains how the events in Crimea are representative of a larger Russian tactic of seeking out geopolitical vacuums and promoting them, only to be the actor that then fills that void. He characterizes this strategy as "filling vacuums", and claimed the West, and the United States in particular, should be prepared to fill these vacuums if they are serious of halting further progress of Russia's revanchist designs

China’s Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution March 14, 2014

Biz Asia America's Philip Yin is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates to discuss how successful are China's efforts to shut down factories to reduce air pollution.

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GMF’s Bratislava conference champions democracy in Eastern Europe February 23, 2005 / Bratislava



Taking place the day before President George W. Bush met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Slovak capital of Bratislava, the setting for the German Marshall Fund's February 23 conference "A New Quest for Democracy" could not have been more fitting.

Speakers from Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, and other Eastern European countries pressed Slovak Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda to put democracy at the top of the summit's agenda. He said he would do his best.

In association with the Slovak Foreign Policy Association and the Institute for Public Affairs in Slovakia, the conference brought together a prestigious group of participants, among them Jan Kubis, the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; Irina Krasovskaya, President of the We Remember Foundation in Belarus, which she started after her husband’s disappearance; Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy; Bruce Jackson, President of the Project on Transitional Democracies; and Jacques Rupnik, Director of Studies at the Center for International Research, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, France.

Many contributors expressed optimism about the future of democracy in wider Europe following recent events in Ukraine, where pro-Western reformer Viktor Yushchenko won the presidency in December following the "Orange Revolution." Additionally, several young "champions of freedom" were on hand to share their experiences in fomenting democratic revolutions in Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, and Serbia. Among them was GMF’s own Pavol Demes, head of GMF’s Bratislava office, who was among those "champions" selected to meet with President Bush.

Click here for a copy of the conference program (PDF — 105KB)