November 13, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Four U.S. administrations have held office since the collapse of communism and the USSR. Edward Lozansky contends that not a single one has developed a truly sound Russia policy, but argues that it is important to do so: “During difficult and dangerous times it is better to have Russia on our side of the barricades.” What changes would be needed to edge the United States toward a truly productive relationship with Russia?
November 05, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Judyth Twigg, Professor and Chair, Program in Political Science and International Studies, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Director, Eurasia Health Project and Senior Associate (Non-resident), Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS, will focus on Russia's emergence in the international development community, examining health as a priority issue. It will analyze Russia's domestic institutional structure for health assistance, the channels—multilateral, bilateral, non-governmental, and commercial—through which Russia is active in global health, and the motivations driving Russia's actions in these areas. It will also touch on the implications of USAID's departure from Russia, given the substantial role health has played in the USAID portfolio.
[POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] Regional Educational Politics in Russia 20 Years after the Collapse of the USSR
October 23, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
NOTE: This event has been postponed until further notice. || Alexandr Rusakov, Rector, Yaroslavl State University; Igor Kiselev, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Yaroslavl State University, and former Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar
October 22, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Stephen Crowley, Professor of Politics and Chair, Russian & East European Studies, Oberlin College, and former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute
October 18, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Middle East Program
The Middle East is churning – Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, and the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Rarely had there been a period this complex with so many moving parts. Join us as Efraim Halevy, former Director of Mossad and one of Israel’s most preeminent strategic thinkers, talks about developments in the region and their implications for Israel and the United States.
October 09, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Rens Lee, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute, and former Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Scholar, Kennan Institute
October 01, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The Russian state corporations are prominent and often expand at the expense of private enterprises in several industries, notably banking, energy, machine-building and transportation. The state companies are functioning very differently from private enterprises. They benefit from cheap and ample capital and extraordinary regulatory advantages. Yet, they appear extremely inefficient and suffer by and large from poor governance. At this event, Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and former Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, will argue that how state corporations go, Russia is likely to go.
September 21, 2012 // 9:00am — 5:00pm
Using a comparative approach to incorporate research initiatives into a global context can make a significant contribution to the current understanding of migration. In partnership with the Social Science Research Council, the Kennan Institute will host leading specialists on migration issues from Russia and the United States to discuss their most recent work, as well as share preliminary findings from research supported by the National Science Foundation. This research was conducted as part of the MINERVA initiative grant “People, Power, and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System,” led by Cynthia Buckley, Beth Mitchneck, and Blair Ruble.
September 20, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Though little is known about such efforts, Soviet cultural and propaganda institutions attempted to reach directly the hearts and minds of East European societies in Moscow’s new sphere of influence created after World War II. In the process, the Soviets squandered considerable human potential on their side, which could have promoted more effective soft power initiatives. Stalin’s death in 1953 offered new possibilities for reciprocal cultural relations and more flexible Soviet approach. Patryk Babiracki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Arlington, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, will explain that other aspects of “the Thaw” in the USSR and Poland further complicated the work of Soviet international outreach institutions, revealing the limitations of Soviet soft power and of the Kremlin’s capacity to maintain empire.
September 05, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History.