What can we learn from the Velvet Revolution?

As we witness that various authoritarian and antidemocratic political strains are getting popularity around the globe, any lessons we can learn and apply to current situation from what happened 30 years ago in the Central and Eastern Europe (including the Velvet Revolution)? Or was it somehow a unique process and it is hard to take something concrete out of it, also taking into account that some results of the CEE revolutions are probably mixed after 30 years. Read few comments.


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The PRC at 70: China’s dreams and nightmares

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Portrait of Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen gate. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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R.I.P. Jacques Chirac. What is his political legacy?

How would you assess political legacy of President Jacques Chirac (1932 – 2019), what from what he had done still resonate (should resonate) in French, European politics? Read few comments.

Jacques Chirac (1932 – 2019)

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The 80th anniversary of World War II: Could history repeat itself?

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Notre Dame is deeply embedded in the national and world culture and imaginary

Not a small part of a planet watched in horror how flames were consuming the Notre Dame Cathedral. Interestingly, we hear voices saying lets rebuild the Cathedral as European project. What does this loss mean for France and do you think a rebuilding could mean something for Europe? Read few comments.

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President George H. W. Bush and the end of the Cold War

How would you assess the ability of President George H. W. Bush to help to navigate the world (and my region) during uneasy times of change from communist regimes to democracy? Do we still feel his decisions? Read few comments.

Vicepresident George H. W. Bush with President Ronald Reagan. Credit: https://www.bush41.org/

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RIP President George H. W. Bush. What is his legacy?

How would you assess political legacy of President Bush, what from what he had done still resonate (should resonate) in American politics? Read few comments.

President George H. W. Bush (1924 – 2018). Credit: https://www.bush41.org/

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