Stepping Back from the End of History: Post-Socialist States and Societies at the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

This initiative will review the 20 years of history in the post-socialist space since the fall of the Berlin Wall from the perspective of state-society relations. Representatives from around the region will gather for two days to examine the reasons behind the emergence of divergent models of development for the CEE countries and for the post-Soviet states in the 1990s and to analyze the contemporary problems these societies face, including the rise of paternalistic conservatism in CEE, the rise of nationalism throughout the region, the stagnation of the post-Soviet region, the ambiguous outcomes of attempts at democratic breakthroughs in a handful of post-Soviet states, and, more broadly, the significant tasks that remain to be accomplished in reforming state-society relations on a fundamental level.