2013 Courses

Futures of Democracy: Research and Policy Perspectives 
from Eastern European Neighbourhood Countries

12-13 December 2013

SPP will co-host a two-day executive workshop that will bring together OSF scholars and alumni engaged on major policy questions facing the six Eastern European and Caucasus members of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) - Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The event will facilitate dialogue between research, policy and practice perspectives on opportunities for democratic reform and realization of human rights in the region, while also critically examining the relationships of ENP countries with Russia and the European Union, and options for future regional integration.
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upon invitation

Migration Leaders Policy Course
4-6 December 2013

This executive seminar, jointly convened by the Migration Policy Institute and SPP, offers evidence-based policy analysis to help government officials manage the most pressing migration issues facing their countries. The invitation-only program is designed for departmental heads responsible for migration policy and operations, policy directors, and senior analysts within government agencies and offer insights into how global structural changes are likely to affect migration flows, and explore what tools policymakers have at their disposal to manage these rapidly changing trends.
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open enrolment

Women's participation in Hungary's 2014 parliamentary elections
15 November 2013

CEU's School of Public Policy has partnered with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung to deliver a one-day conference that will investigate the lack of women’s representation in the Hungarian Parliament and ways of addressing it. The event will bring together European politicians, academic experts, leading party representatives and women candidates who will be running for office in the upcoming elections in Hungary, as well as civil society leaders and media representatives. The conference will serve as a platform to discuss structural and institutional barriers for women’s representation, and encourage the development of networks and cross-party co-operation, with the aim of providing participants with working tools and the evidence base for promoting women’s political participation.
open to public

Media Freedom - A European Fundamental Right at Risk?
31 October 2013
In co-operation with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, CEU's School of Public Policy will organize two roundtables on media freedom in Hungary. Panelists will review the state of media freedom three years after the adoption of new media laws and consider the impact of these laws on European press freedom. 
open to public

The State of the Art in European Studies and other Multidisciplinary Fields
9-19 September 2013
This series of seminars encourages the development of innovative perspectives to promote dialogue between scholars from Tbilisi State University, Abkhaz State University and representatives of think tanks from the wider region. It brings together young professionals, researchers, professors and graduate students within the unique academic environment of SPP. The week-long intensive program will be followed by a three-day study tour to Vienna for a series of meetings with representatives of international organizations, think tanks and research institutions.
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upon invitation 

Field Analysis in Fragile States and Transitions
19-21 June 2013
This executive education course will provide participants with insights into field-based research on early warning, prevention and resolution of violent conflicts and transitions in fragile states. Focusing on key practical techniques, policy interventions and presentation, the three-day course is aimed at building skills for those whose work involves dealing with countries undergoing rapid, destabilizing change.
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open enrolment

Foreign Aid: Five Emerging Myths, Ten Facts, Five Steps Forward
12 June 2013
Dr. Paul Farmer, the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Hait, will draw on the lessons he has learned over the last thirty years to discuss what he sees as emerging myths in the area of foreign aid and how best to move forward. He will also discuss the question of how to manage the risks and increase the return of investing in state and other local institutions - a critical subject for current and future policy makers as the world becomes less and less equitable and the poorest must depend on their public sectors.
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Read the final report.
open to public

Towards Better Development Assistance: Strengthening Accountability and Transparency in the Public Health Sector at the Local and National Levels
11-12 June 2013
The expert seminar will encourage participants to share lessons, discuss the challenges and explore strategies in the effort to strengthen transparency and accountability mechanisms of governments receiving official development assistance, with a particular focus on health. It is aimed at national-level actors from recipient countries, the donor community, multilateral institutions, policy think tanks and advocacy groups engaged in accountability work.
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upon invitation

Migration Leaders Policy Retreat
13-14 May 2013
The Migration Policy Institute and SPP organized a high-level seminar exclusively for members of the Greek government and parliament who face urgent migration-related challenges. As part of the Athens retreat, senior United Nations and European Union officials as well as experts in the field of migration policy contributed their views and facilitated the dialogue, touching upon various migration concerns connected to the current crisis in Greece.
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upon invitation

Thinking of making a career as a policy analyst? Learn about the ESI experience and potential career opportunities
9 May 2013
ESI chairman Gerald Knaus shares his personal story on how to start a think-tank and advise on career opportunities for CEU students, including as ESI junior fellows.
open to public

Building Sustainable Peace in the Western Balkans: A View From Practitioners
9 May 2013
Almost 20 years since the Dayton peace agreement, a decade after the Ohrid agreement, and five years since Kosovo's independence, the policy panel ‘Building Sustainable Peace in the Western Balkans: A View From Practitioners’ took stock of the peace building efforts in the former Yugoslavia, identified lessons learned and sketched out the way ahead. It also discussed relevant lessons from peace-building efforts elsewhere. 
open to public

The Global Drug Prohibition Regime: Half a Century of Failed Policy-Making?
11 April, 2013
In collaboration with the Open Society Foundation’s Global Drug Policy Program, the CEU School of Public Policy is organizing a series of debates devoted to complex and interdisciplinary issues raised by illicit drugs and global and national policy responses to drugs. The next event, entitled “‘The Global Drug Prohibition Regime: Half a Century of Failed Policymaking?’, is held on 11 April 2013, at 5:30pm at CEU. 
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Workshop for Civic Election Observers
24-31 March 2013, Kuala Lumpur and Chiang Mai
SPP organized a three-day workshop in Kuala Lumpur to train accredited and non-accredited election observer groups on a coherent set of methodologies and practices that allowed them to observe and analyse aspects of the general election. Following the training, SPP organized a retreat in Chiang Mai which brought together an informal group of key activists from around the region (Mongolia, Nepal, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia) for a brain-storming session on electoral issues in Asia.
upon invitation

Reversing the Resource Curse 
12-20 March 2013
In partnership with the Revenue Watch Institute and the Natural Resource Charter, CEU's School of Public Policy will offer an executive education course designed to equip an exceptional pool of individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary to help reverse the "resource curse." Specifically, the course will examine the political economy of governance in resource-rich states and look into how it impacts policy debates and practice, both domestically as well as internationally. The course will also offer practical lessons for policy improvement, based on best practices from across the globe, targeting individuals already engaged in the management and/or oversight of extractive industries.
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Election Observation and Its Enemies
16 January 2013
Together with its partners at the Open Society Foundations and the Istanbul-based think tank European Stability Initiative, SPP organizes an executive workshop on 16 January 2013 which will gather lessons from recent election observation missions, with a special emphasis on experiences in Albania in 2009 - as a case study of a deeply contested election leading to post-election violence - and in Azerbaijan in 2010 - as an illustration of a stolen election where international parliamentary observers were quite ambiguous about their findings (see the ESI’s report on 'Caviar Diplomacy' here). 
upon invitation

Public Policy Debate: 'Drugs : It's about health, not policing'
22 November 2012
In collaboration with the Open Society Foundation’s Global Drug Policy Program, the CEU School of Public Policy organizes a series of debates devoted to complex and interdisciplinary issues raised by illicit drugs and global and national policy responses to drugs. The first debate will focus on what some see as incompatible objectives of national drug policy – ensuring public health and conducting effective policing.
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