Welcome to IDEE’s new web page. For previous posts through 2014, go to www.idee.org.

What is IDEE?

The Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE) is an independent organization dedicated to the active promotion of democracy, civil society, and human rights throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other communist and post-communist countries.  Formed in 1985, IDEE is one of the most experienced and successful non-governmental organizations supporting democracy in the region. It has provided unique insight and analysis through its publications and advocacy programs and has carried out hundreds of democracy, civil society, and independent media and network building projects reaching all thirty post-communist countries as well as Cuba. This new web site is aimed at presenting information on both current and past activities of the organization and to provide a forum to analyze the past and current situation in the region.
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25 Years After 1989: Reflections on Unfinished Revolutions

In October 2014, IDEE held a seminar with 22 veterans of the 1989-91 revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in order to examine the varied outcomes of the transitions from communism, analyze the current crisis in the region, and develop ideas for taking on the unfinished business of that era. An IDEE Special Report providing a summary of the findings and recommendations of the seminar has recently been published along with a special issue of Uncaptive Minds  that includes the edited proceedings (papers, responses, and discussion among participants. Both are available, along with the IDEE Seminar Papers, in print or digital versions. Read more.

Miljenko Dereta: Idealist and Fighter for Democratic Serbia

On November 23, 2015, in Belgrade, Civic Initiatives, organized a public roundtable of Serbian civil society organizations one year after the death of Miljenko Dereta to commemorate the organization’s founder and long-time director (1996 to 2011). Miljenko Dereta had supported, educated, and mentored many of Serbia’s civil society activists, including “the next generation” of civil society leaders represented at the meeting. They were invited to discuss the last paper prepared by Miljenko Dereta, “Surprising Turns: Civil Society in the Region and Serbia,” which he presented at the 25 Years After 1989 seminar organized last October by the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (see Seminar Papers.) IDEE’s Co-Director Eric Chenoweth presented opening remarks at the meeting. Read More.

Ronald Koven, In Memoriam

Ronald (Rony) Koven, a seasoned journalist and advocate of media freedom, died on October 30, 2015, in Paris at the age of 80. As the European Representative of the World Press Freedom Committee for more than 30 years, he was a tireless defender of media freedom and free speech in the UN, CSCE/OSCE, EU, and many other institutions; he also worked closely with IDEE and its many partners to foster media pluralism and establish a sound foundation for media freedom in former communist countries. His article in Uncaptive Minds, “The Meddler’s Itch,” remains one of the best articles on media freedom in Eastern Europe (and on media freedom generally). Read More.