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Panel on rule of law

On Saturday, Oct. 16, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the New Hampshire and Vermont chapters of the Fulbright Association will host a panel discussion titled "Building the Rule of Law: Lessons from Russian-American Exchange" at Rollins Chapel at 2 p.m.

Kenneth S. Yalowitz, Director of the Dickey Center and former ambassador to Belarus and Georgia will moderate.

"The development of the rule of law and democracy in Russia is heavily burdened by Russia's authoritarian and communist past," Yalowitz said. "Progress has been made since 1991 but recent steps by President Putin have raised serious questions about Russia's current direction. This panel discussion is timely and important in evaluating ... lessons we have learned in trying to facilitate democratic change in Russia."

Says William deVries, Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Hampshire and one of the organizers of the event, "This topic is particularly relevant to trying to understand the challenges of assisting Iraq and Afghanistan achieve stable, democratic, and just governments."

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Dickey Center at 646-2023.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08