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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.

POSTPONED: The Imperatives of Inter-Religious Dialogue in Nigeria

April 30, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
This event has been postponed until further notice.
Webcast

Drug Policy: A 21st Century Approach to Reform

April 25, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
The illegal drug problem has posed challenges to the United States and Latin America for many decades. While efforts to disrupt the cultivation, processing, and trafficking of drugs to the United States have shown mixed results, the drug trade continues to pose serious threats to citizen security, economic prosperity, environmental conservation, human rights, and democratic governance throughout the hemisphere. In this National Conversation, panelists will address the question of how the U.S. is reforming its policies to address this problem and show sustainable results.
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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'.
Webcast

The Impact of Violence Against Women on Maternal Health

April 18, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Maternal Health Initiative
Physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a spouse or partner is a major factor in maternal and reproductive health, says Jay Silverman.
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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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Israel’s New Government: New Faces, Same Policies?

April 12, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Most articles and op-eds published recently on the recent Israeli election deal with the election results, the changing balance of power in Israel, and the diminishing support for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Peri presents an analysis of the deeper political changes, social trends, and cultural transformations that have long-term significance for Israeli society and politics. These include the emergence of a new, “fourth generation” of political leaders; the generational upheaval in the Israeli electorate; and the “religionization” of Israeli collective identity. Peri examines the implications of these trends for Israeli policies concerning the Middle East conflict.
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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.

A Muslim Tale of Two Cities: ‘We Met the Trains’

April 10, 2013 // 2:30pm3:30pm
Global Europe Program
The forced migration of Muslims from the Balkans to Turkey is one of the least known movements of people in modern times. In "A Muslim Tale of Two Cities" Frances Trix focuses on urban Muslims from the central Balkans and the hometown associations they founded in Turkish cities.

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