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IDCR Director Professor Todd Landman met with the Former President of Chile, Patricio Aylwin to discuss the work of the IDCR and the importance of Chile in the larger story of democracy in the world.
President Aylwin was the first democratically elected President of Chile after the Pinochet Dictatorship, which lasted from 1973 to 1989. He was elected as a candidate from the broad coalition of opposition parties entitled Concertación.
In the meeting held at the President’s home in Santiago, a decision was taken to forge a a new relationship and formal cooperation between the IDCR and the President’s foundation Corporación Justicia y Democracia. The foundation is keen to share its archives on the last four governments and to provide an example of best practice to the world in forging democracy after a period of prolonged authoritarian rule. The IDCR is keen to nurture this new relationship, as the University of Essex has over 200 alumni from Chile and has had a large number of scholars and staff that came to the campus in the 1970s and 1980s as exiles during the dictatorship. In 2009, the University of Essex awarded an honorary degree to Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile from 2005 to 2009, also from Concertación.
“Media Systems, Election Outcomes, and Quality of Governance”
Prof. Gabor Toka
Central European University, Budapest
Wednesday, 24th November 2010
1.00 pm until 2.30 pm
Prof. Gabor Toka is a scholar with research expertise in the areas of voting behaviour and democratic institutions, and particularly the impact of the former on the latter. He is also interested in public opinion, survey methodology, and East European politics. He is co-author of Post-Communist Party Systems: Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 1999), author or co-author of over five dozen articles on electoral behaviour, public opinion, political parties and democratic consolidation in edited volumes, political science and sociology journals.
This is an event sponsored by the Department of Government and the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution.
Please address questions to Dr. Thomas Scotto, Department of Government at email@example.com
Director of the IDCR Professor Todd Landman travels to Chile 21-30 November to assist in research on Chilean political parties; deliver lectures to postgraduate students on comparative methods; meet with leading Chilean political scientists, members of the Chilean Congress and members of the military; and to develop stronger links between the IDCR and different Chilean institutions.
In particular, Professor Landman will be working with La Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN), the Academia Nacional de Estudios Politicos y Estrategicos (ANAPE), the Institute for International Studies (IEI), the Institute for Public Affairs, and the University of Chile.
The two coordinators primarily responsible for the mission are Essex PhD graduates Dr. Miguel Angel Lopez and Dr. Jaime Baeza Freer, who are both based in Santiago.
The New York Times is reporting that the United States will prpose a four year phased withdrawal from Afghanistan. It is expected that the plan will see the conclusion of US combat activties and the withdrawal of NATO forces from the country by 2014.
For more on this story, see the New York Times.
Assessments of ongoing violence in the conflict suggest that conditions are not improving. See the BBC for a full story.
For more on the conflict in Afghanistan, please see the IDCR Afghanistan Watch pages.
IDCR Director along with Professor Rhona Smith from Northumbria University and Professor Bill Simmons from Arizona Stae University were in Oslo 1-3 November as part of the culmination of a 16 month project on human rights research methods training in China.
The project concentrated on multi-disciplinary research training for 14 Chinese academics from different disciplines who selected a wide variety of topics to research. The projects ranged from villagers affected by water pollution to occupational disease in Shanghai to an assessment of an anti-trafficking programme, and each project focused on the best way to research complex and significant problems in human rights.
Research training took place in Shanghai in April 2009, Shantou in November 2009 and on-line throughout 2010, with the final meeting in Oslo. The focus on method allowed the scholars to choose their own topics and narrow their research questions in ways that made them possible to complete within the timeframe of the project.
The project was funded by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights through its China Programme and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law through its China Cooperation Programme.