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VOLUME 5, NUMBER 1

N ˇ E ˇ W ˇ S ˇ L ˇ E ˇ T ˇ T ˇ E ˇ R


Sheilah Kast Rosapepe
US journalist

General
Nicola Tibacu

Oana Popa, Director
of the Fulbright Commission

Meg Mahoney
CEP Visiting Faculty Fellow

CEP Protests Against Domestic Violence in Romania

As an immediate reaction to a Playboy Romania cover story: How to beat your wife without leaving traces published in April 2000, CEP Romania together with the organization Equal Opportunities for Women and the US-Romanian Fulbright Commission initiated a public demonstration in the Revolution Square in Bucharest on the 24th of April 2000. Banners read: "Domestic Violence is Not Women’s Problem Only—it is Everybody’s Problem", "Men for Equal Rights", "Women United will Never be Defeated", "Stop Violence!" Many CEP Fellows contributed to making the banners.

The protest was endorsed by over 50 nongovernmental

organizations, Romanian and international, including all the UN agencies in Bucharest, and by over 30 public personalities.

Considered the first successful civil rights action in the post-communist Romania, the demonstration reunited a large number of citizens and civil organizations fighting for the same objective. Most importantly, the protest represented the start of a national campaign to fight domestic violence. An interesting element of the campaign is that Playboy Romania and Playboy Foundation US have since donated funds to various NGO’s combatting domestic violence in Romania.

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Legal Clinic Opened at Yerevan State University

In Fall 1999, the Legal Clinic of the Faculty of Law at the YSU started its first semester. The project was initiated by the vice-dean of the Faculty of Law (Karen Gevorgyan) and Local Faculty Fellow Lusine Hovhannisian and was supported by the Open Society Institute-Armenia and COLPI. Hovhannisian was appointed the Director, responsible for developing the clinic and introducing curriculum on clinical legal education. In setting up the legal clinical program they drew on the experiences of similar programs both in Western law schools and in the countries of Eastern Europe, while keeping in mind local realities.

The goals of the clinic are two-fold: first, to improve and develop students’ practical skills important to their future profession (educational) and secondly, to provide legal services to vulnerable groups of the population (charitable). Currently, the clinic has 8 students (both L.L.M and undergraduates) selected on the basis of their academic achievements and interest. In order to prepare the students for the real intake of clients they were enrolled in the preparatory stage of the clinical program consisting of lectures and practical exercises, including role-plays rendered by practicing lawyers jointly with the law lecturers.

The clinic began receiving clients in January. During the first few months of the project the students have shown high interest in this model of legal education.

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Stephen R. Grand Award

The Stephen R. Grand Award was established by the Board of Directors of CEP and was first presented in 1999 to outstanding participants of the Local Faculty Fellow Program for scholarly achievements, contribution to the process of social science reform at their local institutions and in their countries, and active involvement in the development of CEP programs and events.
The award honors Dr. Stephen R. Grand, the founder
of CEP and a long-term member of its Board of Directors,
for his distinct role in the organizational development and reform efforts in the universities in Central, Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States.

The awards were presented by CEP President Donna Culpepper to the following Local Faculty Fellows at the International Student Conference held in Budapest in May 2000.

Lusine Hovhannisian

Armenian Open University and Yerevan State University
Organized Moot court competition between 2 universities
Active in CEP student conference preparation, selection; legal assistance
Set up legal clinic at Yerevan State University

Galina Bityukova

American University of Kyrgyzstan; co-chair of the Department
of International Relations

Earlier taught asEFFin Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan
Active participant in CEP conferences, mentoring students, teaching workshops


Lusine Hovhanisian, one of the Award winners

Alla Kassianova

Tomsk State University, Department of International Relations
Introduced new courses into the university curriculum
Won competition for syllabus on "Sociology of International Relations" in an all-Russia competition
Great contributor to CEP outreach activities, including
the web-site related to CEP at Tomsk State University

Elena Limanova

Novosibirsk State University, Department of Economics and Law
Introduced new teaching methods; actively involved with students; described as excellent student advisor
Organized symposia on economic issues in Novosibirsk
Established a legal clinic at her university

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Brain Gain: Sustaining Young Social Scientists

Organized by CEP and the German Rectors’ Conference, this roundtable brought together professionals who have experience and interest in higher education in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States (CEE/NIS) and a number of young scholars. The challenges that face young academics and that force many to leave education and/or their home countries—from institutional rigidity and financial crisis, to access to professional development opportunities, to a lack of academic networks in this region—were discussed and potential solutions to these problems proposed. The recommendations summarized here are meant to direct programs and resources intended to support higher education in the region and are addressed to individuals, organizations and institutions that wish to initiate reform at their own universities, in their countries and in the region; to international organizations and western institutions of higher education in directing their efforts to support reform efforts effec-tively; and to government representatives in ministries of education throughout CEE and the NIS who are involved in creating national policies that will address the need for "brain gain" in these countries.

Summary of recommendations:
I Improving Conditions for Attracting and Retaining Talented Individuals for University Positions
1. Incentives to attract promising students to academic careers
2. Potential assistance to young scholars
Increase access to information
and improve teaching resources
Improve working conditions
to foster scholarship
3. Institutional reform of universities
Addressing lack and use of financial resources
Improving decision making

Seeking donors, managing aid,
and identifying areas of need
II Professional Development and Advancement of Young Faculty
1. Access to Professional Development Opportunities
Improving academic discourse
Increasing research and publishing opportunities
Improving teaching methods
2. Institutional Reform Initiatives to Improve the Status of Young Scholars
Increasing competition and improving quality teaching
Support for the advanced training
of young scholars
3. Status of the Profession: Academic Values and Quality Control
III Building and Rebuilding Linkages and Networks, East and West
1. Types of Linkages
2. Establishing Common Standards: Areas for Cooperation and Development

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P r o f i l e



Sergei
Dobrynin
I am currently teaching two courses, Practical English and Media and Society, at the Buryat State University in Ulan Ude. Ulan Ude is an industrial city (pop. 400,000) in Eastern Siberia, 150 km from the world-famous Lake Baikal, and surrounded by the beautiful woods. The city’s own claim to fame is, unfortunately, the world’s largest head of Lenin on its main square. The university, on the other hand, deserves a wider recognition. While not exactly an oasis of liberalism, it is nonetheless a serious institution striving, against financial odds, to foster academic excellency. (The area is economically depressed, even by Russian standards, and suffering from what I would call a breakdown of civility, and of course many of the social ills find its way into the university halls). I graduated in 1985 and returned to teach at my department in 1993. After that I had a two year-long "leave of absence" doing research as a Junior Fulbright scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and studying for my Master’s at CEU in Budapest.
Sergei, last December at ESRT in Budapest many people were impressed by your perfect English and knowledge of the culture of English-speaking peoples.
How did you acquire that knowledge in such a remote area of Siberia?

I majored in English and had good teachers. (Our university has a traditionally strong foreign languages department). It really is a remote location, and I studied in the Communist days, but all that only stimulated my interest and desire to learn more. To me, the language has always been a conduit of culture, and in addition to classes, I soon started to listen to the Voice of America broadcasts which at that time were about the only channel of uncensored information and helped me understand the culture and the people. Those were hard days, with wonderful discoveries every step of the way. It may sound perverse, but sometimes I miss the excitement, the taste of forbidden fruit. On second thought, no, I wouldn’t want to go back. Now I see red every time I hear somebody is going to limit
our Internet access. Information wants to be free, you know.

What is the biggest challenge you are facing by living and working in isolated, landlocked area, so far from cultural centers? Do you have a recipe for "survival"?

The biggest challenge is the permanent cultural shock when you feel torn between the environment you have created—your classes, your home, the movies (I’m a huge movie buff and try to incorporate films in my teaching), the virtual reality of email conferencing—and the reality you see in your window. I don’t have a recipe for reconciling these two clashing realities, but what helps is the thought that I am not alone, I have friends, people to share my feelings with. CEP, by the way, has provided just such a link to the "big world," and I am very grateful.

How does CEP help you in your professional development?

In more ways than I can count here. First of all, the people in the project are all true professionals, and even if we work in different fields, it is always an enriching experience and a pleasure to communicate. Personal contacts are invaluable in the academe, and they

often lead to more contacts, so you feel part of a scholarly community, a "member of the club." The CEP events are always a great opportunity for exchanging news, views, opinions, experience, and you come back full
of fresh ideas. A university instructor must have this sort of exposure to remain a professional. And CEP assistance with teaching materials, book donations, designing new syllabi, etc., is simply ninvaluable. Pardon me if I state the obvious. Not to forget that our students benefit from this generous support, and that is the most important thing.

What are your dreams for the future?

Here comes a really tough question. Well, it’s a bit utopian and naive, perhaps, but dreams should be like that, so I dream of the time when people will be able to travel freely and live and work where they want, when you will no longer have to choose between the Eastm and the West or the North and the South, of the time when Russia finally stops inventing enemies and building fences and joins Europe, where it belongs. And of course I want personal happiness for myself and the people I love.

Ulan-Ude is the capital of Buryatia. The Buryat Region is perhaps the most Asian of all the Russian regions. The area is at a cultural cross-roads, Russian and Buryat, but also Mongolian and Chinese. The proximity to China and Mongolia, and the Buryat heritage, give Ulan-Ude its characteristic Asian feel. The "two capitals" of Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg, are app-roximately six thousand kilometers to the west, in far away European Russia. In contrast, Ulan-Bator, the capital of Mongolia, is a little over 400 kilometers to the south.
Ulan-Ude was a closed city until the perestroika years of the late 1980s. The military effort of the Soviet Union had thus
added an artificial barrier to the natural isolation created by the immensity of Siberia. Contact with the outside world was next to impossible. The Transsiberian Railway passing through Ulan Ude on its way to Vladivostok, Ulan-Bator or Peking, 4 days after departing from Moscow, may have insinuated to Sergei the possibility of life beyond the confines of Ulan-Ude. But for him, it was the broadcasts of the BBC and the Voice of America that made a difference. The English transmissions introduced the West to Sergei, and opened up for him a world that was beyond official promises of a bright future or records in productivity, or simply, beyond the distances and isolation of Siberia.

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E x p a n s i o n

CEP Launches New Programs
"We learned from his example and began to teach in a similar way. Seventy years of communism forced us to teach very differently. Now when I open a class, I present a problem and ask them what they think. This discussion is very productive for the students."

A university official
at Brusov State Institute, Armenia about a CEP Fellow

"He is breaking new ground here by opening his course to anyone interested in the subject, not just to the group assigned to take his course by the university and this is truly great."

An official at the US embassy
about one of the CEP
Armenia Fellows

"One objective I had this year has been to introduce standards of honesty and fairness to the class. I gave instructions regarding giving proper attribution to material taken from other sources and offered examples on how to write footnotes. In addition, I strictly enforced plagiarism and collaboration (with other students) rules. I believe part of the problem is that many professors in Uzbekistan do not care if students collaborate on papers or exams."

Mike McVicker
Visiting Faculty Fellow, Armenia

...in South Eastern Europe

In response to the current circumstances in South Eastern Europe (SEE), CEP will utilize its current programs in the region, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, to expand into the former Yugoslavia and develop a higher education network of scholars and activities connecting universities across South Eastern Europe. Identified as a high-priority quick-start project by the Task Force on Education and Youth of the Enhanced Graz Process with co-sponsorship from the Austrian Government within the Stability Pact in the academic year 2000–2001 CEP will launch its Visiting Faculty Fellow and Local Faculty Fellow Programs in Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia: 2 Local Faculty Fellows and 1 Visiting Faculty Fellow will teach at the University of Montenegro in Podgorica, 1 Local Faculty Fellow will be supported at Prishtina University, while 2 Local Faculty Fellows and 1 Visiting Lecturer will teach at St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

Liana Ghent, Regional Director for Central and East European Programs

...in Mongolia

CEP plans to support 3 Visiting Faculty Fellows and 3 Local Faculty Fellows at the Mongolian National University, the Mongolian Technical University and the Mongolian State Pedagogical University starting in September 2000.
The environment for CEP programs in Mongolia is excellent. The university representatives were universally receptive to our programs and virtually everyone we met was genuinely interested in cooperating with CEP. The government also seems

quite open to reform and there appear to be no significant barriers to academic freedom or methodological innovation. Because there is virtually no history of formal higher education prior to the communist period, the social sciences, aside from Marxism-Leninism, are less than a decade old in Mongolia. The political isolation of the country during communism and its geographical location have resulted in little contact with western academic ideas and methods. This combination of receptiveness, openness and need suggests that CEP’s programs can have a tremendous impact in Mongolia. Most individuals we met immediately recognized the potential benefit of CEP programs to educational reform in the social sciences. Many also expressed their interest in increasing their links not only with the West but also with other Central Asia countries, both for cultural and practical reasons.

Jeffrey Meyes,
Regional Director
for Eurasian Programs

First CEP Outreach in Mongolia

Chad Thompson (Visiting Lecturer in Central Asia) and Norma Jo Baker (Program Coordinator in Central Asia) conducted the first CEP outreach project in Mongolia. They ran three workshops, one on research methods, and two on curriculum development. The workshops were designed to prepare host universities to work with CEP fellows next year.

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C o u n t r i e s . . . w i t h . . . C E P . . . P r o g r a m s

Mission
Statement

The Civic Education Project, an
international voluntary organization
rooted in the belief that democratic
society requires critically minded
and informed individuals, works
to enhance the development of
higher and professional education
in societies engaged in political and
economic transition.

Challenging
and Rewarding
Opportunities Abroad!

Be a part of the reform and development of higher education in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The Civic Education Project (CEP) offers university lecturer positions to PhDs and advanced post-graduates in politics, law, economics, education, sociology, history, public administration and policy studies. CEP also provides support for promising scholars from Eastern Europe who teach in one of these fields and have graduate training from a Western university.

Information and applications:

Civic Education Project
Nádor u. 9.
H–1051 Budapest, Hungary
Fax: (36-1) 327-3221
E-mail:
cep@cepnet.hu
Web Site:
http://http://www.civiceducationproject.org/legacy

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I n n o v a t i o n .... i n .... H i g h e r .... E d u c a t i o n

Internet-Based Learning in the Czech Republic

I have recently started an effort to develop Internet-based education at Palacky University (PU), Olomouc and the Silesian School of Business Administration (SSBA), Karvina. Until Summer 2000, the Interactive Education Project (IIEP) aims to put all course and program materials, as well as other useful information, on the Web. Specific features of IIEP include:
Worldwide access to course and program materials: Anyone with an Internet connection can download syllabi, exams, course materials, and other documentation.
Environmental improvements and financial savings: Paper use and photocopying will be minimized.
Easy updating: Changes to syllabus, course materials and other documentation can be implemented real-time on the Internet.
Paper uploading: This function will give teachers and students the option to upload their papers and make them available to everybody.
Enrollment list: Registration of students with addresses and phone numbers.
Off-line, managed discussion forums: Comments and information can be stored on the server and will not be lost like in traditional Internet-based chat-rooms. Also there is a possibility to manage the information to prevent offensive and unrelated comments from appearing on the site.
Links to related information: This is a research tool for students writing essays or research papers, contributing to resolving the lack of materials available at CEE Universities.
A draft version of IIEP is already available on the Internet at
www.jetcom.cz/ep.
This project is not yet funded and has been developed entirely in leisure time. In order to develop this project beyond its current demonstration level, we require funds for hardware and software, paper, and printing cartridges, as well as reimbursement of travel expenses and communication expenses. (All of the involved people live in different towns more than 100 km-s apart from each other.)
Subject to funding for required hardware and software, IIEP could involve real-time transmission of lectures in streaming video and audio and other advanced features. If the initial project development proves successful, the project could potentially grow  beyond PU and the SSBA. It could become a regional or even international effort involving a network of partner universities, government agencies, and civil society institutions. The first step will be to present the project to Valdosta State University in order to link their distance learning facilities with IIEP.

Gaudenz Assenza, Visiting Lecturer
Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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The Palacky UN Model Conference on Drug Policy Let the Game Begin
In a course on Public Administration at Palacky University taught by CEP lecturer Gaudenz Assenza, the students held a Model United Nations (MUN) Conference on Drug Policy. The idea behind the Model United Nations exercise is that every participant represents one country (not of his or her origin) and tries to defend the country’s position on a particular policy problem. Since participants at this kind of conference are not professional diplomats but students, the event can give students an opportunity to play the role of a diplomat while improving the ability to negotiate, bargain, and compromise.

In the Palacky Model UN, students represented nine states in the UN Economic and Social Council:Afghanistan, Colombia, Japan, Thailand,The Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Sweden and The United States. At the beginning, one student held a technical keynote speech on drug policy, which was particularly interesting because she had experience working in a drug rehabilitation center. Then each student presented a position paper and suggested possible solutions for the problems relating to the international illegal drug trade. Students found it awkward to use

diplomatic language, such as "Poland wants to express point of privilege" or "Afghanistan feels deeply disturbed " but after a while, got used to it. This explains why newcomers at UN sessions experience the debate as a peculiar theatre while seasoned UN diplomats engage in it with utmost solemnity.

An interesting moment during the conference was when the Speaker announced that the USA had just launched a major offensive against Colombian drug producers without seeking permission or even informing the Colombian government. The justification for this clandestine surprise operation was that any information given to the Colombian government would inevitably leak to the drug kingpins due to corruption. The US operation created several heated debates, not only between the US and Columbian representatives. The agitated Afghan representative decried US imperialism and the infringement of Colombian sovereignty. Despite the volatile debate, after several hours of discussion a joint resolution was possible.

Lucie Zácková, Student, Palacky University, Department of Politics and European Studies, Olomouc, Czech Republic

On February 26, 2000, law students from three Bulgarian universities—Sofia University, Plovdiv University, and Burgas Free University, competed in the first-ever Bulgarian Moot Court Competition (European Law). All students worked hard in learning European Union law, but the benefits of the program are more significant. Students also improved their communication skills
—something that is neglected in their usual legal education. Furthermore, they had to formulate legal arguments on their own and were not simply told what the law is. This was a real challenge for the students, that will assist them in their future practice as attorneys. Says one of the student participants: "Preparing for and participating in the Moot Court Competition was my first contact with European Law. This experience helped me develop my legal reasoning and presentation skills. I learned to work in a team, and to respect the other party. This is a very successful launching of the moot court practice in Bulgaria. It should continue and play a role in educating the thinking and capable young people [in this country]."

Steven Schulwolf
Visiting Faculty Fellow, Bulgaria

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Writing and Rewriting History at the Turn of the Centuries The State of the Discipline in Central and Eastern Europe

This Conference on Central and East European Historiography took place in Kraków, Poland, in May 2000, organized by the Civic Education Project and the Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University. It was sponsored by the Körber Stiftung, Hamburg.

The idea for this event arose at the CEP Local Faculty Fellow Roundtable in Lviv in May 1999. Several Local Faculty Fellows, among them Mónika Mátay (Budapest), expressed an interest in conferences focused on a specific discipline. There is a need for young academics to exchange ideas with scholars from other countries and to learn about the research being done in their field.

B e y o n d . . . T e a c h i n g

CEP Local Faculty Fellow Andrej Findor (left) from the Slovak Republic, presenting his paper on "Rewriting of Slovak National History: Features of National History Narratives" and CEP Local Faculty Fellow Mikhail Karpov (right) from Russia, presenting his paper on "The End of Sovietology, Revival of the (Neo)-Totalitarian Paradigm and Current Russian Social Science"

24 participants from 14 different countries presented papers (Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, USA). Six of the presenters are currently CEP fellows. Additional presentations in the Opening Panel were given by Dr. Jakub Basista, by Prof. Dr. Susan Zimmermann (CEU and University of Linz, Austria) and by Prof. Dr. Bodo von Borries (University of Hamburg, Germany). These three opening papers provided
a basis for the discussion throughout the conference.

Participants in other panels presented the variety of methods and sources that are appearing in East European historiography. CEP Local Faculty Fellow Maxim Sergueev (Kaliningrad) described a controversial project on migration in the Kaliningrad region after WW II that used the method of oral history. The panel on "Changes Resulting from Access to New Sources" lead to a lively discussion about the role of archives and their effect on the presentation of history. Musa Gasymov (Baku) showed how new archival material can give insights into the plight of minorities during the early Soviet Period. The important issue of history textbooks was addressed by several participants. CEP Local Faculty Fellow Andrej Findor (Bratislava) argued for extbooks that present different perspectives of the same historical situation. The last panel "Rewriting National Histories—The De-Nationalization of History" offered various models of diversifying the writing of history. CEP Local Faculty Fellow Tomasz Kamusella (Opole) discussed the ways in which place-names are used to nationalist ends and suggested ways of using them more objectively. Other presentations included new approaches in local history and the history of minorities.

The information at the conference flowed in various directions. Some of the Western participants were particularly interested to learn about the historiographic discussions that are happening in parts of Eastern Europe at the moment. At times this discussion seems like a "search" (Louk Hagendoorn), in which approaches like psychohistory, that have almost been forgotten in the West, are rediscovered and maybe put to different uses than they had been in the West. Westerners doing research on the region have found that they too, have to redifine their methods, fighting the "hierarchy of Western historiography" (Susan Zimmermann) in which East European historiography does not play any significant role, as well as finding a middle ground between East European "particularism" on the one hand and the unquestioning absorption of Western methodology on the other.

The conference showed that the younger generation of historians in Eastern Europe is interested in learning about new ideas and applying new methods and that they are willing to engage in discussion with each other and with their colleagues in the West. They are also developing confidence in their ability to adapt Western methodologies or to develop new ones that are fit for the Central and East European experience. The discussion on historiography in and of Eastern Europe has been set in motion and some of the participants in the conference will stay in contact, continue these exchanges in the future, and work on common projects. The proceedings of the conference will be published by Rochester University Press.

Aileen Rambow, External Relations Officer

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The Tradition Continues: 8th Annual

CEP International Student Conference

The CEP International Student Conference brought together approximately 140 of the top students from CEP classrooms throughout the region. The 2000 Conference, Participation and Transparency at the Turn of the Century, focused on the rising expectations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union that demand a greater participatory role for the people and transparency in all spheres of political, economic and legal activity, both in their countries and at the international level. These expectations are in part the result of changing international alliances and regional relations as well as the growing influence of the European Union and other transnational organizations over the past decade. Economic shifts have brought uncertainty to large parts of the societies in the region, while social change and the creation of the new elite have led to instability. People are redefining their identities, shaping new patterns in minority and ethnic relations, and seeking greater empowerment for themselves. Legal reforms and discussion of constitutional changes have brought about a new perception of the rule of law, human rights and civil liberties. The conference offerred an excellent opportunity for the next generation of leaders from across the region to share ideas and debate issues related to these challenges and possible solutions. Student participants came from all the 19 countries in which CEP operates: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The organisers have also invited applications from students in Azerbaijan, Kosovo and Mongolia, where CEP is planning to launch programs in the near future.

During this five-day event, the students presented their original academic work at a series of panel sessions and had the opportunity to discuss important economic, political and social issues with their peers from across the region. The conference provided a collegial and dynamic forum for developing and challenging the views presented, while fostering understanding and dialogue among the participants.

In addition to the panel sessions, the conference agenda also included training workshops, cultural events and an information fair. The information fair gave corporations and other organisations an opportunity to present themselves and their activities to this exceptional group of young people.


Students at the opening


Student Merdan Halilov (left), American University in Kyrgyzstan, one of the Best Paper Award winners

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CEP Student Welcomes President Clinton in Sofia


President Bill Clinton and Boriana Savova,
CEP Student

Boriana Savova, a CEP student from the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG), was selected by the United States Embassy in Sofia to represent Bulgarian students during President Clinton’s visit to Bulgaria, November 19–22, 1999. Last academic year, Boriana was in CEP Eastern Scholar Professor Ivelin Sardamov’s Political Science class, and now does a research work under his supervision.

Boriana, surrounded by President Clinton, Bulgarian President Stojanov, Prime Minister Kostov, and Sofia Mayor Sofijanski, had a speech in front of hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians who had gathered to welcome President Clinton on the Alexander Nevski Square in Sofia.

In her address, Boriana said: "To me, and I believe to many young people in our country, the first visit of the U.S. President is a remarkable event, because it undoubtedly places Bulgaria on the map of the civilization we have chosen. We are all aware of the high social price we paid for our choice. But we also know that there has been found no better alternative to the democratic values, which the President and his country stand for. The event today, which seemed impossible ten years ago, is a white swallow for the hope of each of us. We realize that, though our dignified existence in the future depends on our efforts and motivation, the support of the West is essential. The presence of President Clinton bears the message that the world envisions Bulgaria in a new way. This change is not only a result of our efforts, but also of the open-minded policy of the U.S. towards all democratic countries."

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CEP Enters Innovative Partnership With US German Marshall Fund to present the results of their analysis and offer concrete policy suggestions. They would also like to make a cross-national comparative analysis on Balkan integration into the EU and NATO.
CEP and the US German Marshall Fund (GMF) began an innovative partnership in autumn of 1999 to support ten CEP-GMF Fellowships, comprised of a joint teaching appointment for an Local Faculty Fellow at a Bulgarian or Romanian university and a research appointment at a participating policy institute. The cooperation will extend over a three-year period. CEP–GMF Fellows must conduct research on a topic relevant to the current situation in Bulgaria or Romania, edit a study, and participate
in dissemination of the findings and related advocacy efforts.

This year’s CEP-GMF Fellows are Radu Carp, who is affiliated with the Institute for Political and Economic Research (IPER) and the University of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania; Bogdan Chiritoiu, who is affiliated with IPER and the University of Bucharest; Georgy Ganev, who is affiliated with the Centre for Liberal Strategies (CLS) and

Sofia University in Sofia, Bulgaria; and Svetlana Stamenova who is affiliated with CLS, Sofia University and Blagoevgrad University. Carp’s research project, entitled Ministerial Responsibility in Comparative Law, has led him to organize a roundtable discussion at which he presented his preliminary conclusions and initiated dialogue between academics and members of Parliament. Chiritoiu expects that his research project, Romanian Strategy toward Foreign Direct Investment will be included in at least two publications. He would also like to see his findings lead to the creation of a panel that would regularly review and report on the investment climate in Romania. Ganev and Stamenova are working together on Political and Economic Orientation in Bulgaria in 1999. They believe that their research is particularly relevant to discussion of Bulgarian integration into the European Union and NATO. The pair plans to organize a workshop All CEP-GMF Fellows report that their teaching and research are enriched by their joint placements at universities and policy institutes. Furthermore they believe the experience will positively impact their professional careers. Universities and policy institutes also benefit from the partnership, as it increases their public profile and provides them with additional material resources such as books and equipment.

The US German Marshall Fund is an independent US foundation created in 1972 by a gift from the German people as a memorial to the post-war Marshall Plan aid. GMF’s mission is to deepen understanding, promote collaboration and stimulate

exchanges of practical experience betweenAmericans and Europeans, particularly in the policy arena. For more information, please see www.gmfus.org

Emily Lehrman
CEP External Relations Officer

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Gilbert Jose (front left) Citibank Training Center Director in Ankara and Rita Galambos (far right) CEP Country Director in Hungary at the Spring Citibank training session in Budapest

The Citibank–CEP partnership has a relatively long history. Citibank/Citicorp supported an Local Faculty Fellow in Hungary in 1997/98 and with the help of CEP Hungary contributed to the creation of a high-tech computer lab and demonstration center in a Budapest high-school.

The underlying philosophy has always been that education being a long-term investment, Citibank is happy to contribute

F u n d e r s . . . C o r n e r

Continuing cooperation

with Citibank

to the development of education in the countries where it operates.

In 2000/2001 Citibank has agreed to fully support four Local Faculty Fellows in Poland.

Corporate Finance Head László Balassy, conducted a training session on the Hungarian experience of the economic transition for the participants of the 8th Annual CEP International Student Conference held in Budapest in May 2000.

Citibank has also supported CEP through a series of Process and Human Resources Management courses, in which CEP staff members have participated together with Citibank employees. The training was extremely helpful and is expected to become available to non-Budapest CEP staff as well.

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P u b l i c a t i o n s, . . . D o n a t i o n s Call for Papers
Donations

The American Political Science Association (APSA) donated 17 complimentary memberships to Local Faculty Fellows for the year 2000, as well as some copies of their publications "Getting Published in Political Science Journals" and " A Guide to Professional Ethics in Political Science".

The library of the Central European University in Budapest gave a generous donation of 900 volumes of social science textbooks to CEP. Fellows had the opportunity to select from the list provided by the library and the books have already been mailed out to universities from the Budapest office.

Recently, McGraw-Hill Companies donated 55 titles and over 2000 social science books to CEP. The books are in the process of being selected by fellows and mailed to universities.

"The situation of university libraries still makes it difficult for academics in the region to do research or even prepare courses properly. CEP’s contribution to the development of libraries is invaluable."

Attila Horányi,
Local Faculty Fellow, Hungary

CEP Publications

Discussion Series

The CEP Discussion Series was launched in October 1999. Its goal is to inspire discussion on critical issues pertinent to the transitions of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and to encourage the dissemination of academic work by young scholars from this region to an international audience.

Scholars from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are invited to submit academic work (approximately 5,000 words in length) for consideration for the Series. Contributors should have received a postgraduate degree in the past ten years or be enrolled in a doctorate program, and preferably should be pursuing an academic career in the region. Please consult further instructions for submissions to the Discussion Series at http://http://www.civiceducationproject.org/legacy/discussion/ or by writing to the Civic Education Project’s European Office.

Call for Commentary

To promote intellectual exchange on the topics published in the Discussion Series, we solicit commentary and opinions on the issues presented. Readers are encouraged to contact the authors directly. Additionally, the Discussion Series will publish selected comments in future issues. Submissions should not exceed 1,000 words and should be forwarded to the Civic Education Project’s European Office.

News
in Brief

HESP funding for Visiting Faculty Fellows in Central Europe: Baltics, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland is not available from September 2000.

CEP country programs in Poland and the Baltic States have been restructured.

The new country director for the joint program in Poland and the Baltics is Jakub Basista, former CEP Poland Country Director.

The 6Th Baltic International Student Conference: Lights and Shadows of Post-Communism took place in March 2000, in Tartu, Estonia.

In April 2000 CEP Bulgaria organized a regioanl student conference on European Integration and International Security by CEP Bulgaria in Sofia in April 2000.

Stefan Lupp, CEP Visiting Faculty Fellow in Romania was invited, together with 15 other people to meet the President of Romania on the

National Day of Romania (December 1st) – for his work on the book Ten Steps closer to Romania – which was exhibited on the Washington Capitol Mall in Summer 1999.

CEP Romania co-organized a roundtable on The Development of the Institution of Ministerial Responsibility in Comparative Law Theory in December 1999. The event was funded by the German Marshall Fund.

Almira Yusupova, CEP Local Faculty Fellow in Russia attended an OSI/Moscow Social Fund Seminar entitled Self learning in the system of higher education. She is now one of the 5 Russian training assistants for an OSI/Moscow Social Fund April Seminar devoted to training head of departments and other university administrators in Russia.

Attila Horányi, CEP Local Faculty Fellow in Hungary organized a roundtable entitled: Ethics and Visuality. Thirty young scholars from the region attended the workshops, which were led by Professor Douglas Crimp, from Rochester University.

Publications in the Discussion Series

Volume 1, Number 1 — October 1999

Alexandra Horobet & Bogdan Chiritoiu:
Euro-Shape and Local Content:
The Bottom Line on Romanian Higher Education Reform

Volume 1, Number 2 — November 1999

Ildikó Hrubos:
Transformation of the Hungarian Higher Education System in the 1990s

Volume 1, Number 3 — January 2000

Elena Kovaleva:
Progress and Issues of Reforming Social Science Curricula in Ukraine

Volume 1, Number 4 — June 2000

Nikolay Popov:
A Review of the System of Higher Education in Bulgaria

Volume 1, Number 5 — July 2000

Nikolai Petroukovich:
Social Sciences and Higher Education in Belarus: Need and Potential for Reform

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Alumni news in brief

Ivan Chorvat
ES in Slovakia won the Ruth Mitchell Crawford Scholarship to study at the University of Pittsburgh for three and a half months.

Anne Clift Boris
VL in Belarus, is currently the Chair of the School of Humanities of the Anglo-American College in Prague.

Janet Helin
VL in Russia completed the Human Rights Educational Initiative website.

David Brown
VL in Hungary, is currently the Chair of School the Legal Studies of the Anglo-American College in Prague.

Sorin Ionita
TDP in Romania (1998/99) is the co-ordinator of the Romanian Centre for Public Policy.

Kwadwo Appiagiey-Atua
VL in Russia will soon defend his doctoral dissertation in the Law Faculty at Mc Gill University in Canada.

Dan Marek, Kevin Capuder
Dan MarekEFFand Kevin Capuder, VFF in Czech Republic secured a grant for the Department of Political Sciences and European Studies at Palacky University for the development of a course in Public Administration.

Tom Murphy
VL in Slovakia, currently teaches for the University of Maryland, European Division in Heidelberg in Germany.

Oana Popa
ES in Romania (1996/97) is now executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Romania.

Brian Whitmore
VL in Russia, was offered a full-time position as the Moscow correspondent of the Boston Globe.

Wynne Wright
VL in Hungary (1996/97) currently teaching Sociology at the University of Minnesota is looking for partnership for her students to do comparative research.


Liliana Popescu,
CEP Romania alumna
current Country
Director in Romania

"Time and again I think about my work [in Armenia] and how much it meant to me. Working there, really working for CEP, proved to be one of those rare watersheds that transforms the whole way one, at least I, think about life and what I want to do and be. That is something that I will forever be grateful for."

Raymond Maxwell, CEP Armenia alumnus

Ways to Help CEP

Donating Books
Writing for the Newsletter
Conducting Information Sessions
Interviewing CEP Candidates
Fostering University Partnerships
Arranging Speaking/Fundraising Tours
Becoming a Donor

Condolence

CEP Ukraine 1998–99 alumnus Newell Cook died on 21 May of cancer in his home on Virgin Islands.
Newell was an exceptionally knowledgeable, professional and kind person admired by many students and all of us, who had a great pleasure to work with him. His enthusiasm, hard work and great sense of humor will forever remain in our memory.
Please join me in expressing sincere condolences to Newell’s family.

Oleksandr Shtokvych
Country Director, CEP Ukraine

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