March 25, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
What was the relationship between the Gulag and Soviet society? What was the legacy of Stalin's massive system of forced labor? This talk explored answers to these questions using the case of Vorkuta, one of the Soviet Union's most notorious prison camp complexes.
March 23, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
This talk explored the translation history of Anna Karenina, and the particular role played by Constance Garnett and Louise and Aylmer Maude in establishing Tolstoy’s reputation in the English-speaking world. This led to a discussion of some of the novel’s less well-known, but surprisingly revealing aspects, as seen from the grass-roots level of a contemporary translator, and, through a comparison of the fictional Anna with her real-life British contemporary Louise Jopling, a reconsideration of the novel’s relationship to the “woman question” in late 19th-century Russia.
March 23, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Middle East Program
The ongoing attempt to improve Iranian-Western relations is occurring at a time when Russian-Western ties have sharply deteriorated over Ukraine. Moscow has increased its efforts to improve its ties to Tehran. But while Moscow and Tehran share some common interests, they remain at odds over others.
March 19, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:30am
A year after the annexation of Crimea and the start of hostilities in Eastern Ukraine, the sequence of events leading up to the crisis are well established. Yet these events find their origins in Russia's recent and distant past, as well as the EU's image of a modern, post-WWII Europe.
March 17, 2015 // 8:45am — 5:30pm
The OSCE Security Days Conference, the first held outside of Vienna featured Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors, prominent leaders, and global policy makers on the current challenges to Euro-Atlantic security.
March 05, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:30am
**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**
February 24, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Many young Russians, whether politically active or indifferent, know little about the dissidents of the Soviet era. They don’t understand what motivated people of the time to speak out, why some dissidents decided to leave the country, or what was the significance of samizdat, the “self-published” writings and poetry that people passed around in secret at the time. The Voice of America launched a documentary series in 2013 featuring interviews, documents, and narration to tell the stories from this part of Russian history.
February 13, 2015 // 11:30am — 12:30pm
This talk presented the results of survey work conducted in December 2014 funded by the Political Science division of the National Science Foundation on evolving attitudes in conflict regions. The survey focuses on Southeast Ukraine (excluding the war zones of Donetsk and Luhansk) and Crimea, comparing attitudes towards Maidan, Russian actions, MH 17, Novorossiya, political actors, and NATO.
February 11, 2015 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
The protection of property rights remains one of the most contentious issues in present-day Russia. From historically weak ownership rights to unclear laws to the reliance on offshore accounts, Russian property rights consistently seem to be under threat. This panel discussed historical, legal, and political attempts to enforce property rights and why this issue continues to be so controversial today.
February 05, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
What would be the outcome of changing policy and sending military assistance to Ukraine? Would such a step help Ukraine resist the aggression or further escalate the war? How would it change America’s role in the conflict?