Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, New School University, New York
Origins and Goals The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) of the Graduate Faculty, New School University, was officially established in the spring of 1997 to accommodate the expanding activities of the Graduate Facultys East & Central Europe Program (ECEP). Launched in the spring of 1990, ECEPs original goal was to assist regional efforts to revitalize scholarly life in the social sciences.
In the course of its first seven years, through a variety of joint projects in which scholars from the region collaborated with their American counterparts, ECEP became a vital, multifaceted forum for on-going discussion, study, and research on the critical issues of democracy and democratization. And along with our colleagues from the region, we became increasingly convinced that many of the challenges we were addressing in the democratizing societies of post-Communist Europe are not fundamentally different from those still faced by the older democracies.
We also realized that the end of communi