“The Czech Republic, The European Union and the Rise of Populism” – Dr. Martin Nekola

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What does democracy truly mean? And with such volatile political experiences going on all over the world, who — or what — provides oversight or transparency on election processes globally?


The Czech Republic, The European Union and the Rise of Populism

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.

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 (www.czechoslovaktalks.com/en) coordinator.


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