March 18, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Who is Vladimir Putin? Observers have described him as a "man from nowhere"—someone without a face, substance, or soul. In their new book, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin, Russia experts Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Putin is in fact a man of many and complex identities. Clifford Gaddy discussed the book’s major themes and examined Putin as the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. Understanding Putin's multiple dimensions is crucial for policymakers trying to decide how best to deal with Russia.
March 11, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Since the public dissention after the presidential “swap” announcement and rigged elections of last year, Putin and those who rule with him are resisting change and are even less willing than before to engage in reforms and economic “modernization.” Marie Mendras, Professor at the School of International Affairs, Sciences Po University, Paris examines Putinism as a system of rule in crisis—struggling against the tide, but still with considerable resources and instruments at hand.
March 04, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
One reading of modern Turkish history focuses on the country's perpetual race to catch up with Europe. In the often forgotten world of interwar Istanbul, Muslims were the powerful hosts and Europeans the unwanted migrants.
March 04, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
A recent study from Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based research and advocacy organization, found that $764.3 billion in illegal money flowed into and out of Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. GFI's director, Raymond Baker, discussed the findings and significance of the report, the mechanisms by which money is laundered into and out of the country, and some policy recommendations for curtailing the problems.
February 25, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Boris Rabbot, a journalist and sociologist, was in the vanguard of the pre-perestroika "shestidesiatniks," influential intellectuals and party leaders who vigorously advocated a policy of liberalization within the Soviet system. His widow, Lynn Visson, Visiting Adjunct Professor and Visiting Associate, Monterey Graduate School Institute of Translation and Interpretation, retired UN interpreter and co-compiler of "Boris Rabbot: An Unheeded Voice of the 1960s," discussed how he and the intellectuals of his generation presaged the reformers of the Gorbachev era.
February 07, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Russia receives the second most immigrants in the world after the United States. Due to this fact, immigration reform and the national migration concept have been the primary focus of federal migration policy debates in recent years. Olga Gulina, Law Institute, Samara and Alisa Oblezova, Perm State University will offer their views on Russian immigration law and enforcement and the national migration concept adopted in June 2012.
February 04, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Drawing from the analysis in his newly published study of the nearest approach to a settlement in Moldova, the failed Kozak Memorandum almost a decade ago, William Hill, Professor of National Security Strategy, National War College, Washington D.C., offers some thoughts on possibilities for success in the current negotiations, and how longstanding, conflicting Russian and western perceptions and interests in the so-called "near abroad" affect both prospects for progress in Moldova and relations between Russia, the EU, and the U.S.
January 14, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Alexander Verkhovsky, Director, SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, Moscow and Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy examines the public demand for tough state response to sensitive issues in anti-extremist legislation, as illustrated with examples from current law enforcement practice.
December 17, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The third emancipation of text in human history is the emancipation of authorship. Problems of legacy media are usually explained by the development of multimedia and internet technologies. But the real disaster for old mass-media is the emancipated authorship of amateur “occasional” journalists. Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar and consultant Andrey Miroshnichenko asks, what will be the result of the competition between the professionalism of staff journalists and the cognitive surplus of guerrilla journalists? How will business models and design of content develop in Russian and American media?
Forced Labor in Modern Russia: Questions about Legal Responsibility and the Protection of Worker’s Rights
December 10, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Prohibition of forced labor is one of the fundamental principles of labor law in Russian Federation. However, the analysis of enforcement practice shows that this principle remains declarative. The Labor Code provisions concerning individual labor disputes stipulates no specific measures to protect worker’s rights in forced labor cases. Alisa Oblezova, Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar and Senior Lecturer, Labor Law and Social Security Department, Perm State University, investigates the different questions concerning employer’s liability for the use of forced labor, as well as methods for the protection of workers, including migrant workers, and makes an overview of proposed amendments to current legislation.