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DEMOCRACY THAT DELIVERS: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF TRANSITION
International Conference
May 21, 2008
Sheraton Hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria
Agenda



10:00 Opening
Dr. Ognian Shentov, Chairman, Center for the Study of Democracy
Ambassador John Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria

10:20 – 11:20
Morning session: DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION AND THE ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

Keynote Speakers:
Conflict and Democratic Change: the Role of the International Community
Andrew Natsios, Former USAID Administrator; Distinguished Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

European Integration: Is it a Primary Factor for Democratic Reforms?
Quentin Peel, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times


11:20 – 12:30 Panel discussion
Moderator
Boyko Todorov, Program Director, Center for the Study of Democracy
Panelists
Suzana Kunac, Coordinator, B.a.B.e. – Be active Be emancipated (NGO), Croatia
Ivan Vejvoda, Executive Director, Balkan Trust for Democracy
Auron Pashaj, Executive Director, Institute for Development Research and Alternatives, Albania

Discussion


12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Lunch address by Gergana Grancharova, Minister of European Affairs, Bulgaria

14:30 Afternoon session: CIVIL SOCIETY THAT DELIVERS: IDEAS AND POLICY

Keynote Speakers:
The Role of Civil Society as an Agent of Demand-Driven Social Change
Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones, former Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Executive Vice President, APCO Worldwide
Ambassador Tove Skarstein, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Sofia

15:10 – 16:30 Panel discussion
Moderator
Ambassador Ilian Vassilev
Panelists
Ginka Chavdarova, Executive Director, Association of Municipalities in Bulgaria
Vladimir Milcin, Foundation Open Society Institute Macedonia (FOSIM)
Dr. Muhamet Mustafa, President of the Board, Riinvest Institute, Kosovo

Discussion

16:30 Closing remarks

Michael Fritz, USAID Bulgaria Mission Director
 
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