Monday, September 21, 2009
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
1000 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A major advance in humanity’s struggle for freedom, the collapse of communism has generally led to an increase in human well‐being, with several ex‐communist countries becoming free and prosperous. Yet the spread of liberty has been uneven. Many ex‐communist countries lag behind and some have even reverted to political repression and economic dirigism.
Join us for a half‐day conference where prominent experts and reformers will address the following questions:
Why have some countries more successfully moved toward democratic capitalism than others? What can current and future reformers learn from early reform efforts? How much have institutions and ideologies evolved, and to what extent do they explain the diversity of transition experiences? What challenges do Central and Eastern European countries face as they integrate with the European Union? What is the Russian model, and what influence does it exert in post‐Soviet nations? How will the current financial crisis impact policy change in formerly communist countries?
|8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
|9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks: Edward H. Crane, President of the Cato Institute.
|9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic.
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|10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Evolution of Institutions and Ideology in the Post‐Communist Era
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|11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Break
|11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Uneven Paths to Prosperity: Explaining Differences in Economic Performance
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|1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
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