Old selfie Tuesday, Jan 4 2022 

Old photo from a conference in Bucharest Sunday, Jan 2 2022 

New article on ‘competing pasts’ in transitional justice Wednesday, Dec 29 2021 

The latest issue of the Annals includes a brief article in which I explain the main idea of the project I currently am working on. Part of this research has been financed by the ICUB (Institutul de Cercetari al Universitatii Bucuresti), which I thank for its generosity.

New book Wednesday, Dec 29 2021 

Last talk in 2021 Thursday, Dec 16 2021 

To say I’ve done a lot of things this year is an understatement. I’ve delivered 27 talks – some at various conferences, others as lectures at different university programs and departments, still others as course interventions for various friends. The last talk this year was delivered online at the University of Suceava. Thank you to Professors Marius Cucu and Aurelian Craiutu for organizing this talk.

Marele Alb Thursday, Dec 16 2021 

As others, I watched “Marele Alb” with some fascination, astonishment and trepidation. It is a good movie documenting a daring “operation” that allowed an investigative journalist to enter the inner circle rigging tenders for the Romanian Orthodox Church. The journalist took a great risk, and I commend him for unveiling the ties that bind church administrators, national and local politicians, as well as construction company managers. But this is just a small piece of the puzzle, the Church and its people have myriad other ways to collect money.I wrote a short piece for the Society for Romanian Studies Newsletter, and I thank Lea and Roland for putting me to work.

The video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHTgt82ZGPM&t=375s

My text is available here: https://society4romanianstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/SRS-Fall_Winter-2021-Newsletter.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3928B4g_x9BDc3RPJneq6bXmUyBnE3oFvvVugW4fFMd5-6UKEFxDSHyVM

Nations in Transit 2022 report Thursday, Dec 16 2021 

Some years I am reviewing the Nations in Transition report on Romania. I am always impressed by the quality of the summary and the careful selection of facts. This report was better than others – for the first time I had no suggestion for improvement and no event to add. Congratulations to the authors! Sad to see that Romania continues to be classified as semi-consolidated democracy, even losing some points in some areas.

EJPR report on Romania published Thursday, Dec 16 2021 

The report on Romania was published in European Journal of Political Research – Political Data Yearbook, at: https://ejpr.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/2047-8852.12312?fbclid=IwAR361d33dFeTzsnrNBarextYxurIZA4Ss-x5b6rQSa5vsrl7fMOIt22AuRU. Co-authored with Razvan Zaharia, the report details elections, cabinet and parliament structures, referenda, and major political issues. We have written this report each year since 2007, I think.

The End(s) of Communism conference Thursday, Dec 16 2021 

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation organizes a conference on “The End(s) of Communism: Paths to Decommunization in the Former Eastern Block” in Washington, DC. The program is available here:https://victimsofcommunism.swoogo.com/the-ends-of…Speakers include Mark Kramer, Aleks Szczerbiak, Irena Lasota. I’m one of the few participating online.

ICUB presentation Thursday, Dec 16 2021 

Sometimes audiences are much smaller than anticipated, but one hopes future events will be organized to correct that oversight. Thank you to ICUB for hosting me in October and November 2021 as one of their foreign fellows. While the high covid infection rates prevented me from meeting too many people, I did have a very good time in Europe and managed to do quite a lot.

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