Peter Baldwin, one of the world’s leading historians of comparative social policy, talks about his recent book “The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe are Alike.”
The EU Center of California will invite Ambassador Balazs Bokor, Consul General of the Republic of Hungary in Los Angeles, to deliver the address titled “Where do we stand in the European Union – a Hungarian Presidency perspective”.
Dr. Kovanda will discuss recent changes in the architecture of EU’s foreign service and reflect on the contributions it makes. In addition, he will touch on the EU-US relationship.
The Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles, Mr. Jacob Dayan, will provide a broad overview of Israeli foreign policy in the Middle East, including attention to Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
The Consul General of Turkey in Los Angeles, Mr. Hakan Tekin, will discuss Turkey’s “zero problems” foreign policy towards its neighbors.
Helena Fialova – “Does the Roma minority have any chance for a better future in the Czech Republic?”
Dr. Fialova will address both the social and economic status of the Roma minority in the Czech Republic. She will describe their image as musicians, artists, pickpockets and hated neighbors. Her talk raises the question of whether social integration of the Roma people is possible.
Steven Hill is a program director for the New America Foundation, a Washington D.C. and California-based policy institute, who has authored several previous books on U.S. politics and political reform. His published work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian (UK), and many others.
Consul General of Sweden in Los Angeles, Carl-Magnus Hyltenius, will deliver the address on “Priorities of the Swedish EU Presidency”.
Dr. Ivan Berend’s remarks will form part of the European Union Center of California’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Empire.
Dr. Craig Parsons discusses the tension between French policies and the European Union, including the implications of Sarkozy’s leadership on Europe.