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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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Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Launch of "Moynihan's Moment," a New Book by Gil Troy

April 04, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
McGill University Professor of History Gil Troy leads on expert panel on his latest book, "Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism" which explores the legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
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The Way the Wind Actually Blew: Weatherman Underground Terrorism and the Counterculture, 1969-1971

April 01, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The most famous terrorist group in modern American history was the Weatherman Underground, later called the Weather Underground Organization. An outgrowth of Students for a Democratic Society, Weather was active in 1969 through the 1970s. Arthur Eckstein will argue that this is misleading and that the true history of Weather is much grimmer and more ambiguous.

The Sandzak Divided: Language and Identity Politics on Either Side of the New Serbian/Montenegrin Border

March 28, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
In the post-Yugoslav context, members of these Muslim communities have largely self-identified as Bosniaks, an ethnic/national term that gained prominence among Bosnian Muslims in the period immediately following the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991 and the outbreak of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. While language policies in this region were centrally formulated in the joint state, with the dissolution of the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro in 2006, the two halves of the Sandžak experienced divergent language policies. In his presentation, Robert Greenberg, professor of linguistics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, argues that the division of the Sandžak may have been a catalyst for destabilizing and radicalized forces to emerge in the years following the formal Serbia/Montenegro split.

1989 After 1989: Memory in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe

March 14, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
The eastern European revolutions of 1989 were a watershed in global history. Despite this, in the two decades since, their meaning has become a source of debate. While they have been promoted as a founding myth for a newly unified Europe, eastern Europeans have repeatedly represented them as a moment of betrayal, martyrdom, liberation, victory, disappointment, loss, colonization, or nostalgia.
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Book Launch: U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico, The Relationship Through Their Eyes

February 26, 2013 // 1:30pm3:30pm
Mexico Institute
Please join us for a discussion with the book’s author and three of the ambassadors whose testimonies constitute the centerpiece of the volume.

Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S.-Korea Alliance

February 21, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Asia Program
When the U.S.-Korea military alliance began to deteriorate in the 2000s, many commentators blamed "anti-Americanism" and nationalism, especially among younger South Koreans. Challenging these assumptions, Wellesley College professor and former Wilson Center scholar Katharine Moon argues in her latest book that Korean activism around U.S. relations owes more to transformations in domestic politics, including the decentralization of government, the diversification and politics of civil society organizations, and the transnationalization of social movements.
Yurii Urnov // Fulbright Scholar and visiting director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington, D.C. and Towson University, Baltimore
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Russian Contemporary Theatre: Beyond the Capital

February 12, 2013 // 6:00pm8:00pm
Kennan Institute
Archived webcast available. This program, named in honor of former Kennan Institute staff member Edmita Bulota, focused on key developments in the current scene of Russian theatre: new theatrical impulses in the Russian provinces, new writing and writers, theatre makers working outside of traditional theatrical forms with non-traditional audiences, and the recent manifestations of a new sets of relationships among art, artists and politics. Experts from the United States and Russia explored the impact of a rich decade of Russian productions seen in the U.S., with a particular emphasis on artists working outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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