In 2005, the world’s first statue dedicated to the martial arts actor Bruce Lee was unveiled, not as you might imagine in his hometown of San Francisco, nor in Hong Kong where he was raised, but in Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH).
Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship
The Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program is a six-month fellowship in residence in Washington, DC open to American graduate-level students, post-doctoral scholars, and early career professionals seeking to develop expertise on and/or to strengthen their strategic knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The main goal of the fellowship program is to cultivate U.S. expertise on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and to develop relevant and timely analysis on the CEE region for the U.S. policy community. The program is generously supported by the U.S. Department of State.
Title VIII Fellows will have an opportunity to conduct independent research and analysis on a specific policy issue in an environment specialized for CEE area studies and policy analysis. Fellow research topics may focus on policy-relevant issues including, but not limited to: security and defense, economic development, strategic communication, and energy security, as they relate to a specific country in the region (e.g. Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia) or a specific CEE sub-region (e.g. the Baltic States, the Visegrád Group, the Black Sea region, and the Western Balkans).
Meet the Fellows
Cordelia Buchanan Ponczek
Title VIII Research
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Prospects for transatlantic cooperation
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