The New European Democracies Project has strong working relationships with numerous U.S. organizations, including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The department has many contacts in both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. Most prominently, Janusz Bugajski has been the chairperson of the Foreign Service Institute's Balkan Program since September 2000. The director is a host on USIA World Net television programs to Eastern Europe, he has lectured at the National Defense University, as well as at several Washington-based universities. The New European Democracies Project has extensive contacts with governments and NGOs in virtually every Central and East European country.
Close contacts have been maintained with a range of Congressional members and staff involved in East European issues. Primary contacts include the members and staff of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and the House International Relations Committee. The project director has testified before the House Committee on International Relations, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Helsinki Commission. (Please see the CSIS & Congress section for the most recent testimonies of all CSIS Scholars.) In 1999, the director accompanied congressmen and staffers to Macedonia to brief them firsthand on the region's problems.
The director provides regular interviews with domestic and foreign media, including CNN, BBC, CBC, and Voice of America. He communicates closely with a number of U.S. Ambassadors in the Central and Southeast European regions. He publishes widely in U.S. newspapers, journals, and encyclopedias, as well as writes regular columns for several newspapers in the region, including Trud in Bulgaria, Nacional in Croatia and Koha Ditore in Kosova. The director has written numerous book chapters for scholarly edited volumes.
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