Russia and Eurasia Events

Diasporas in Peace and Conflict: A look at Post-Communist Europe and Eurasia

December 16, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Scholars and policymakers are increasingly attuned to the potential impact of migrants’ long-distance activism on politics and conflicts in their countries of origin. Sarah Garding surveyed diaspora politics in post-communist Europe and Eurasia by highlighting the major mechanisms of long-distance political participation and the way in which diaspora activism reshapes domestic politics in the region’s countries of emigration.
Podcast

Euromaidan: Voices from the Streets of Kyiv

December 16, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
This Ground Truth Briefing brings together prominent experts and Kennan Institute alumni on the ground in Kyiv to discuss the street protests of September 13 and future developments there.

Russia’s Strategic Challenges

December 09, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Since he rose to power over a decade ago, Russian President Putin has striven to reassert Russia as a great power. His recent initiative on Syria has put it back on center stage, at least in the Middle East. But Russia's slowing economic growth and a range of foreign policy challenges raise questions about its future as a great power. What does Putin's Russia need to do domestically and abroad to fulfill its great-power ambitions? And can it succeed?
Podcast

The EU’s Eastern Partnership: A Post-Vilnius Assessment

December 03, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
The Kennan Institute and the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion with top experts and officials to analyze the results of the third summit of the Eastern Partnership in Vilnius.
Podcast

Ground Truth Briefing: Ukraine and Europe: A Turning Point?

December 02, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
Despite months of intense wrangling between Kyiv and EU capitals, it is now highly unlikely that Ukraine will sign the EU association agreement during the November 28-29 European Union Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. In this Ground Truth Briefing, we hear the analysis of prominent Ukrainian, Russian and German experts.

Media Transparency and Journalist Ethics in Post-Soviet Ukraine

November 25, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Anastasia Grynko, post-doctoral fellow, Harriman Institute, discussed contemporary issues of journalist ethics and transparency, specifically how Ukrainian journalists interpret the various pressures and ethical challenges they confront in today’s media environment, and how they view their professional role in Ukraine.

Understanding Russia in the United States: Images and Myths, 1881-1914

November 18, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Victoria Zhuravleva presented her studies of American perceptions of Russia as a multi-leveled phenomenon. Her work is a rich distillation of primary sources, which provides a revealing glimpse at how American views of Russia have evolved and/or remained consistent over time.

Fifteen Years On: Imagining Galina Starovoitova’s Perspective on Contemporary Russia

November 12, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Galina Starovoitova was a Russian politician and ethnographer known for her work to protect ethnic minorities and promote democratic reforms in Russia. Nadia Diuk discussed how Starovoitova might view Russia today, from ethnic tensions to political developments.

The 2013 Georgian Presidential Election: An Assessment

November 07, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia (1998-2001), served as an election monitor under the auspices of the National Democratic Institute. He commented on his evaluation of the 2013 Georgian Presidential election based on his on-the-ground observations. He was joined by Laura Jewett, Regional Director, Eurasia Programs, National Democratic Institute.
Wayne Merry

Moscow’s 1993 Autumn Crisis: Tank Fire, Electoral Upset, and the American Policy Response

November 04, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
October 3, 1993, in Moscow was a beautiful autumn Sunday. It was also the day when domestic political debate collapsed into urban warfare. Confrontation over the drafting of a new constitution and a national referendum had boiled over, and tanks were out on the street in Moscow. Wayne Merry discussed his experiences as an embassy official in Moscow at the time, and the American policy response to the crisis.

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