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Event 'Romania Today: Testing the Parameters of Democracy'
When Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:00pm
Where Mortara Building Mortara Boardroom
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Annual Ion Ratiu Lecture - 'Romania Today: Testing the Parameters of Democracy' with Professor Dennis Deletant

Thursday March 21st, 2013 - 6:00 pm, Mortara Center

Events last year in Romania raised a question mark against the commitment of many of Romania’s politicians to the cultural values by which the EU is driven. In September 2012 in Brussels José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, warned Victor Ponta, Romanian Prime Minister, that Romania has to ‘remove all doubts on its commitments to the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, and respect for constitutional rulings.’ This lecture will examine the degree to which the Romanian government has heeded this warning.

Professor Dennis Deletant is currently Visiting Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies at Georgetown University and Emeritus Professor of Romanian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London. He was appointed to the board of the British Government’s ‘Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe’ in 1990 and was actively involved in its work in Romania and in the Republic of Moldova until 1999. For this service he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1995. He is the author of several monographs and volumes of studies on the recent history of Romania, among them Ceausescu and the Securitate: Coercion and Dissent in Romania, 1965-89 (London; New York, 1996), Romania under Communist Rule (Bucharest, 1998), Communist Terror in Romania: Gheorghiu-Dej and the Police State, 1948-1965, (London; New York, 1999) and Ion Antonescu, Hitler’s Forgotten Ally (London: New York, 2006). He is currently researching a study of British clandestine operations in Romania during World War II.

on Ratiu (6 June 1917 - 17 January 2000), distinguished Romanian diplomat, entrepreneur, publisher, writer, and humanitarian, was an outspoken critic of the communist regime in Romania during the 1947-1989 period. He devoted his life to the fight for democracy in Romania and its integration into the Euro-Atlantic structures.
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