Russia and Eurasia Events

The State of the NGO Sector in Russia today: Perspectives from Moscow and the Regions

March 18, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
The Russian non-governmental sector has come under increased scrutiny since the passage of the 2012 law calling on certain NGOs engaged in political activity to register as foreign agents. While this legislation clearly has hindered NGO development, most Russian non-profits are engaged in more traditional activities and have not been affected by this law. This diverse panel addressed the current environment for Russian NGOs, looking at how these groups seek to foster active civic engagement in today’s Russia.
Podcast

Ground Truth Briefing: Crimea at a Crossroads?

March 17, 2014 // 11:00am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
Miscommunication, misinterpretation, and misinformation have abounded in the last weeks as Ukraine's crisis has careened from violence in the capital and mass protests throughout the country, perilously close to the brink of war in Crimea. Now more than ever, a clear picture of what is going on in Crimea, Ukraine and the region is vitally important. Join us by phone to discuss the situation with key experts.

From Memory to Mending: Lessons for Eastern Europe from Germany's Foreign Policy of Reconciliation

March 06, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
Whether hot or cold, conflict and contestation over history continue to be a staple of post-Soviet Eastern Europe twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Cancelled--Then and Now

March 03, 2014 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
To the inclement weather, this event has been cancelled. Join us for a presentation by former Kennan Institute scholar and Russian novelist, Vladimir Voinovich. Voinovich will discuss his time researching in the United States during the period of perestroika and events in Russia today from his unique perspective. A discussion period will follow his remarks. Attendees are invited to a reception immediately following the event.
Podcast

Ground Truth Briefing: Ukraine at a Crisis Point

February 24, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
After violence swept over Kyiv the last few days leaving dozens dead and hundreds wounded, opposition leaders have apparently reached an agreement with President Viktor Yanukovych to try to halt the rapidly escalating crisis. In this Ground Truth Briefing, experts discuss the current state of affairs in Ukraine.
Podcast

Corruption and Business in Russia: National Problem, Regional Solutions

February 24, 2014 // 9:15am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
There is a perception that it is not possible to do business in Russia without engaging in corruption. While corruption in Russia is a fact of life, individual businesses are employing a range of strategies to reduce their exposure and give them access to international partners. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Kennan Institute present expert findings on this timely issue.
Podcast

Deadlock: Crisis in Ukraine

February 06, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
Each time the ongoing civil uprising in Ukraine has lost momentum, mistakes by President Yanukovych’s government have reinvigorated it. Protestors continue to gather on the Maidan, infuriated by police crackdowns. In this Ground Truth Briefing, prominent experts and Kennan Institute alumni on the ground in Kyiv and the broader region discuss the complex situation facing Ukraine.

Constructing the Narratives of Identity and Power

February 05, 2014 // 3:30pm4:30pm
Kennan Institute
Based on extensive field work in Ukraine, Karina V. Korostelina describes the complex process of nation building. Despite the prevailing belief in a divide between two parts of Ukraine and an overwhelming variety of incompatible visions, her new book reveals seven prevailing conceptual models of Ukraine and five dominant narratives of national identity.
Webcast

Sochi’s Impact: Russia, the Caucasus, and Beyond

February 03, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Kennan Institute
Following a year of international diplomatic victories for President Putin, the Sochi Olympic Games will be a chance for the Kremlin to showcase Russia’s resurgence. By the same token, Sochi will test the Russian leadership’s ability to deliver on its promises about economic development and infrastructure building, coordination with local government and civic leaders in the North Caucasus, and calm and control around the event itself, despite likely protests from many groups and close international scrutiny.
Webcast

Social and Political Issues in Today’s Russian Theater

January 29, 2014 // 6:00pm8:00pm
Kennan Institute
Edmita Bulota Lecture Series on Soviet and Post-Soviet Theatrical Arts. This lecture is devoted to important social problems and current political trends of contemporary Russia and their reflection in the modern Russian Theater. The talk addresses not only some of the most significant theater performances in Moscow, but also the professional, human and psychological atmosphere among the leading Russian theater creators and theater managers.

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