The Czech Republic, The European Union and the Rise of Populism-Dr. Martin Nekola

The current political situation in the Czech Republic, a small country in the very heart of Europe, historically considered the crossroads between the West and the East, is the reflection of the latest developments in the entire European Union, currently facing a serious crisis, caused by Brexit, a refugee crisis and the rise of populist tendencies. The lecture will address all these issues, with the further focus on the Czech Republic and other countries of Central Europe.

Join us on April 4 for a presentation by Dr. Martin Nekola.

Dr. Martin Nekola, Ph.D., received his doctorate in political science at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. His research is focused on non-democratic regimes, the era of Communism, Czech communities abroad, and the East-European anti-communist exiles in the USA during the Cold War. From time to time he participates in the election observation missions organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He is a member of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), he is the author of more than three hundred articles and has published twenty books. He is also the Czechoslovak Talks Project ( coordinator.



Members & Friends March Salon : Local Journalism: The Backbone of Democracy

Windham World Affairs Council invites members & friends to participate in a discussion about the importance of local journalism in holding representatives accountable and trusting that it remains possible to get “old fashioned” objective reporting on current events. Additionally, how do we protect our access to “speaking”/”hearing” opposing points of view on the topics that divide us, including, but not limited to climate change, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine and its impact on international business.

Enjoy a conversation with our featured guest

Paul Belogour, owner of Vermont News & Media LLC which includes The Brattleboro Reformer, The Manchester Journal & Bennington Banner

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Our new Salon format is a success!

On February 1st,  twenty five  community members gathered for a dynamic discussion on the current attacks against democracy and what we can do about them. Board members Tamara Stenn and Clare Gillis “moderated” this discussion guided by Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century 

Our next Salon, on Feb 22, will explore the attacks against Black History Month. Our February 23 event features biographer Kal Raustalia to speak on the contributions of Ralph Bunche, the first African American Nobel Laureate.