4th Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World: Russia’s Transition to Autocracy: The Implications for World Politics

November 16, 2007
06:00 pm - 07:30 pm


Pierre Hassner, Research Director Emeritus, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, Paris, France 

Welcoming Remarks

  • Kevin O’Shea, Minister, Political Affairs, Embassy of Canada :: VIDEO
  • Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy :: VIDEO


  • Marc Plattner, Vice President, Research and Studies, National Endowment for Democracy and Co-Editor, Journal of Democracy


  • Pierre Hassner, Research Director Emeritus, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, Paris, France :: VIDEO

Question & Answer :: VIDEO

Pierre Hassner is research director emeritus at CERI (the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales) in Paris. For many years he was a professor of international relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and a senior visiting lecturer at the European Center of Johns Hopkins University in Bologna. Currently a visiting professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal, he has previously held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Esprit and Commentaire and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Pierre Hassner’s major writings have focused on war and peace, totalitarianism, ethics and international relations, and international order. His books include Washington et le monde: Dilemmes d’une superpuissance (with Justin Vaisse, 2003); La terreur et l’empire (2003); and La violence et la paix: De la bombe atomique au nettoyage ethnique (1995, with an English translation in 1997). He is the coeditor of Justifier la guerre? De l’humanitaire au contre-terrorisme, a volume published in French in 2005 that will appear in English in 2008.

His articles have appeared in The American Interest, The National Interest, the Journal of Democracy, Problems of Communism, International Affairs (London), Survival, Survey, Esprit, Le Débat, Politique Internationale, Commentaire, and other publications. He has also written on political philosophy, including book chapters in English on Rousseau, Kant, and Hegel.

Born in Romania, Mr. Hassner studied at the Sorbonne and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. In 2005 he received France’s prestigious Tocqueville Prize, which is awarded every two years; past recipients include such luminaries as Raymond Aron, Karl Popper, Octavio Paz, and Leszek Kołakowski. In 2003, Mr. Hassner was presented a volume of essays in his honor, Entre Kant et Kosovo, edited by Anne-Marie Le Gloannec and Aleksander Smolar. The contributors include more than 30 well-known scholars, including Francis Fukuyama, Timothy Garton Ash, Stanley Hoffman, and Jacques Rupnik.


The National Endowment for Democracy would like to thank the following donors for their generous support of this event:

  • The Albert Shanker Institute
  • The American Federation of Teachers