Rethinking Open Society

We're a university with a difference and the difference is our open society mission," according to President and Rector Michael Ignatieff. "Over the past 25 years, we've never hesitated to rethink our mission in the light of new circumstances. In the wake of recent world events, CEU's mission is more important than ever. More than ever, we need to stand for open minds and open frontiers at a time when political forces of anger, exclusion and closure are in the ascendant. Click below to find out more about the Re-thinking Open Society Project.


Rethinking Open Society

CEU's Rethinking Open Society project brings leading thinkers to CEU to examine open society, its history, its achievements and failures and its future prospects in a world where its ideals are under threat. Scroll down for articles, and see the left bar for upcoming events.

Backsliding of Democracy Caused in Part by Debtor-Creditor Tensions, Bohle Says

Debtor-creditor tension has created conditions conducive to democratic backsliding and populism, according to Dorothee Bohle, Chair in Social and Political Change at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, speaking as part of CEU's Re-thinking Open Society project.

Commitment to Open Society Requires Examining its Basic Assumptions, Ignatieff Says

As we confront the new international situation, in which open society values and liberal democratic freedoms are under threat, we must review the basic assumptions of the concept of open society, and engage honestly with the criticism of it, according to CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff, speaking at the launch of the Re-thinking Open Society project at CEU on January 17.

CEU Launches President's Seminar Series to Examine Open Society Ideals Amid Challenges

CEU is launching a President's Seminar series that will examine the ideals of open society in the face of many challenges. CEU was founded in 1991 as democratic change swept across the region, with the mission to promote the ideals of open society, democracy and the rule of law. The following is the text of an announcement of the initiative, sent by President and Rector Michael Ignatieff to the CEU community Nov. 14.