Washington, DC – IRI publishes Why We Lost: Explaining the Rise and Fall of the Center-Right Parties in Central Europe, 1996-2002.  The book is a collection of case studies looking at the experiences of governments in the region from 1996 to 2002 and assessing where they succeeded and failed.  The goal is to help the next generation of center-right parties in government avoid making the same mistakes.

Authors of the case studies are Mantas Adomenas, Director of International Programs at the Civil Society Institute in Vilnius, Lithuania, and a docent in Classics at Vilnius University; Sebastian Lazaroiu, Managing Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Sociology; Tamas Lanczi, project manager for Civic Governance and former aide to then Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán; Andrej Lepavcov, founder and former president of the Macedonian Euro-Atlantic Youth Forum and former adviser and spokesperson in the cabinet of the late president of Macedonia, Boris Trajkovski; Svetoslav Malinov, Professor of the History of Political Theory at the Sofia University of St. Kliment Ohridsky, Department of Political Science and Editor-in-Chief of the journal, “REASON”; Marek Matraszek, Founding Partner and Warsaw Director of CEC, a government relations firm; and Grigorij Mesežnikov, President of the Institute for Public Affairs in Bratislava, Slovakia. IRI’s Regional Program Director for Europe, Lindsay Lloyd; Resident Director for Europe, Jan Erik Surotchak; and Assistant Program Officer for the Regional Program for Central and Eastern Europe, Peter Ucen, also contributed to the book.

Funded through the support of the United States Agency for International Development, the project is a political overview and the reflections of those who care about the fate of the center right in Central and Eastern Europe.

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