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Pussy Riot/Zona Prava
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina spoke at the Michigan Theater on Sep 18. Click for video

New Challenges Facing Europe
WCED and CES present several events focused on this topic. Visit the Events page for details. Photo by Dauvit Alexander

Weiser Center Events
Click the image or the Events link above to see upcoming WCED events. Photo by Isabel Gao

WCED videos on YouTube
Visit our Multimedia page for video of select programs. Photos by Peter Smith

Shades of Orange: A Decade of Ukrainian Democracy
More about Viktor Yushchenko's visit to U-M


The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies promotes scholarship to better understand the conditions and policies fostering transformations from authoritarian rule to democracy. It also educates new generations of practitioners who can apply their learning and experience to help extend democratic freedoms. Initially focusing on transitions in Europe and Eurasia, it will subsequently expand its scope to other emerging democracies across the globe.

Inaugurated in 2008, WCED works alongside the Center for European Studies and Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and in association with the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.


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An Anthropology of Romania’s Secret Police. CREES Lecture by Katherine Verdery, Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center. Oct 21, 2014

Albania: Emerging Democracy towards the European Union. WCED Lecture by Bujar Nishani, President of Albania. Sep 29, 2014

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