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Reagan’s Revolution Unfinished - Democracies in Danger : 

Reagan’s Revolution Unfinished - Democracies in Danger

Why we Fought the Cold War: 

Why we Fought the Cold War Our way of Life was under existential threat 100s of millions of people were literally captives of a evil ideology

Consequences of Victory: 

Consequences of Victory Collapse of the USSR and the creation of new independent states The freeing of the captive nations, from the Baltics to the Balkans The whole-sale transition of nations to the ”market democracy” model An end to Mutually Assured Destruction

Budapest: Paris of the East: 

Budapest: Paris of the East

Hungary: From Victory to Self-inflicted Defeat: 

Hungary: From Victory to Self-inflicted Defeat Happiest Barrack in the Bloc The Pannon Tiger. 5% GDP growth NATO – EU membership Fiftieth Anniversary of the ’56 Revolution

Hungary in more Detail : 

Hungary in more Detail 1980s reform wing – economic collapse nears The Iron Curtain breachs No Shock Therapy Cyclical Politics, nostalgia No Lustration

The Survival of Communist Elites: 

The Survival of Communist Elites For full details see www.itdis.org

Communism’s Legacy: 

Communism’s Legacy Fear "Uncle State " Tax evasion Old Boy – Communist networks – SS Politics without ideology " I can’t change it anyway " : The Land of No Consequences

The Balatonőszöd Speech : 

The Balatonőszöd Speech “We lied for years. We lied about the economy” “This f..king country” “We have nothing we can be proud of.”

Slide16: 

The victory of the Cold War was only partial Huge lessons remain unlearnt; lessons relevant to anywhere where we want to see democracy take root Western foundations / individuals much re-engage The focus must be on the youth What Now?

QUESTIONS?: 

QUESTIONS? Sebestyen L. v. Gorka Founding Director Institute for Transitional Democracy & International Security (ITDIS), and Director of Policy Studies, EICEE, Washington www.itdis.org www.eicee.org gorka@itdis.org

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