Mission and Values
Founded in 1991 at a time when revolutionary changes were transforming the rigid orthodoxies imposed on Central and Eastern Europe, CEU is based on the premise that human fallibility can be counterbalanced by the critical discussion of ideas, and that this ethos can be sustained best in societies where citizens have the freedom to scrutinize competing theories and openly evaluate and change government policies.
As CEU moves into its third decade, open society values and practices face new challenges and opportunities all over the world. Reemerging nationalism erodes international cooperation. Racism and xenophobia foment discrimination and violence. Market fundamentalism undermines economic and environmental sustainability. At the same time, struggles for self-governance in North Africa and the Middle East, and in countries as disparate as Burma and South Sudan, are creating new hopes and risks for democracy.
CEU's unique mission of studying and promoting open society principles is the anchor that defines its identity and ensures its continuity. Today that mission is more important than ever.
(CEU Annual Report 2011)