ECMI participates in the annual convention of Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) celebrated its 50 years as a membership organization with a convention in Los Angeles on November 18-21, 2010.

ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr. Oleh Protsyk participated in the convention and took part in the roundtable “Moldova Today: Between East and West”. The roundtable provided an overview of recent developments in a country that still struggles with issues of accommodating ethnic diversity and resolving ethno-territorial conflicts. Moldova was first among post-Soviet republics to institutionalize a territorial autonomy for one of its minority groups. It is also a country that actively seeks ways to improve the levels of minority participation in public life. In his contribution to the roundtable, Dr. Protsyk highlighted challenges and lessons of Moldova’s on-going efforts to build a vibrant multi-ethnic democracy in a region that traditionally oscillates between East and West.

ECMI was invited to participate in the roundtable because of the Centre’s strong record of academic and policy involvement in Moldova. Various aspects of minority accommodation and integration in Moldova have been an important topic of research and policy advice for ECMI’s Politics & Civil Society and Conflict & Security research clusters.

ECMI’s Politics & Civil Society cluster focuses on processes and mechanisms of minority participation in public life. It aims to explore the dynamics of minority groups’ political, social, and cultural activism and to advance theoretical understanding of its causes and effects.
The Conflict & Security cluster deals with issues related to conflict transformation and minority-majority reconciliation. The core of the cluster’s research activity is reconciliation in Europe, state-building, and state-renovation.

Further ECMI resources on Moldova: www.ecmimoldova.org

Place and Date: Los Angeles, 18-21 November 2010
For further information, please contact: Oleh Protsyk, protsysk@ecmi.de

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