Russia and Eurasia Events

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Russian Studies at American Universities in the Middle East: Beirut and Cairo

May 06, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Paul du Quenoy discussed the challenges, rewards, and new perspectives that flow from researching Russia at American academic institutions in the turbulent Middle East. Drawing on his experiences in Beirut and Cairo, he shared insights on teaching and pedagogy and describe his current research, which links the Middle East region to Imperial Russian diplomacy.

OFFSITE EVENT: Negotiating Independence: New Directions in the History of Decolonization and the Cold War

May 03, 2013 // 8:00amMay 04, 2013 // 1:30pm
Cold War International History Project
The advent of decolonization, particularly after the Second World War, shares more than a chronological partnership with the Cold War. While the general economic, political, social, and ideological connections between decolonization and the Cold War have been acknowledged, a more detailed interrogation of the confluence of these two phenomena is now beginning to emerge.
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Afghanistan after 2014: Regional Impact

May 01, 2013 // 2:00pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
This event explored local and regional perspectives on the future of Afghanistan against the backdrop of the planned NATO withdrawal of military forces from the region. The first session focused on local politics and governance in Afghanistan, and the second session investigated the ways in which Afghanistan’s neighbors have been discussing and planning for the upcoming changes.

Beyond Nabucco: An Update on the Southern Gas Corridor and European Energy Security

April 30, 2013 // 10:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
The race to build the Southern Energy Corridor to bring Caspian natural gas to Europe is in its final stages. The Shah Deniz consortium in Azerbaijan is set to once and for all decide the long-pending "Nabucco question". How will this improve European energy security? Experts from Baku's Center for Strategic Studies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan gather to discuss this, as well as other pertinent questions at a roundtable discussion co-hosted by the Global Europe Program and the Kennan Institute.
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Why Did Russia Let the Republics Go? Revisiting the Fall of the USSR

April 29, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Few people expected the USSR to fall apart as it did, without a major bloodshed. Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University, attempts to answer the question of why Russia of Boris Yeltsin did not follow into the footsteps of Serbia of Slobodan Milosevic, by examining the decisions made by Boris Yeltsin and his advisors in the late summer and fall of 1991.
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Between Turkish Sunnis and Iranian Shia Influences: Islamic Revival in Azerbaijan

April 22, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Bayram Balci, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment, analyzed the various aspects of Shia and Sunni revival, including the roles played by Turkey and Iran, and how Azerbaijan is reacting to these “new” religious cleavages. In his talk he contended that the Islamic influences from Iran (Shia) and from Turkey (Sunni) are recreating new dividing lines between Azerbaijani Shia and Sunni Muslims.
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Memory, Commemoration, Memorialization: Moscow’s Western Battlefields

April 18, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
William Brumfield, Professor of Slavic Languages and Germanic Languages, Tulane University, presents an exploration of evolving Russian attitudes toward commemorating the catastrophic sacrifices of the first year (1941-1942) of the Great Fatherland War. This presentation focused on the author's recent field research and photography in the Viazma region of Smolensk oblast'.
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D-Archives: How Digitizing Declassified Documents Can Restore Ukraine’s National Memory and Build an Independent, Democratic Country

April 16, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Volodymyr Viatrovych, historian and former Director, Security Services of Ukraine Special State Archive Department, discussed how Ukraine’s future as an independent country and democratic society rests on the proposition that restoring the nation’s historical memory is a critically important precondition to overcome Ukraine’s Soviet past and to bring about national reconciliation.
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Believing in Russia - Religious Policy after Communism

April 15, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Geraldine Fagan presented her new book, “Believing in Russia—Religious Policy after Communism”, which brings together 12 years of research inside Russia on the role of religion in the nation’s politics. She argued that government policy grounded in religious freedom is the only viable option for consolidating Russia’s extraordinary diversity, and reveal that—far from being a Western import—religious freedom has a long tradition in Russia.
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The Future of Investigative Journalism in Russia

April 12, 2013 // 8:30am11:00am
Kennan Institute
Russian journalism faces many challenges in the current political environment in Russia. The central government controls all of the major television stations, while censorship over other media has expanded in the aftermath of the 2012 elections in Russia. Despite these trends, independent journalism is still alive in Russia, particularly in a handful of newspapers and some radio stations of limited reach. Five ground-breaking Russian journalists discussed their experiences as well as the future of investigative journalism in Russia.

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