The Democracy Agenda and Crisis of Communism

November 17, 2009 - IFES

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IFES and the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America will host a panel discussion Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall with special guests Peter Erben, IFES Chief of Party in Pakistan, Prof. Rett R. Ludwikowski, Professor of Law Chad Vickery, Regional Director for Europe and Asia, IFES and George E. Garvey, Dean of Academic Affairs, Moderator. The discussion will be held in the Slowinski Courtroom at Catholic University on Tuesday, November 17 from 12:30-2 p.m. Please contact for more information.

Chad Vickery, IFES regional director for Europe and Asia, and Peter Erben, IFES Senior Electoral Advisor, participated at the Catholic University of America's event Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The discussion, which took place on November 17 at the Columbus School of Law, centered around the elements that led to the demise of the Soviet Union’s Communist system and the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Vickery and Erben focused their presentation on democracy promotion and US electoral assistance since 1989.

The other participants were George E. Garvey, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of law at the Columbus School of Law; Rett R. Ludwikowski, professor of law and director of the Comparative and International Law Institute at Catholic University; and Larry Wright, senior desk officer for Germany at the Office of Central European Affairs, U.S. department of State.

Read Chad Vickery’s remarks: CUA Columbus School of Law-Berlin Wall Anniversary Event Remarks (PDF)


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