Events

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Putting the South Caucasus in Perspective

August 05, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia have been independent states for more than 23 years. Although geographically contiguous, they differ in language, religion, and political and security orientation. How is each country faring in state-building, developing democracy, and improving economic performance? What are their relationships with Russia and the West, and with each other? How does their historical experience influence current developments, and what are their long term prospects?

The Impact of Ukraine in the Neighborhood

July 22, 2014 // 10:00am12:00pm
Russia's annexation of Crimea and support of separatists in eastern Ukraine is having ripple effects throughout Eurasia. But what has been the impact in the immediate neighborhood, the South Caucasus, Moldova, and Belarus as well as Ukraine itself?
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Citizens, Subjects, and Slackers: Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian Attitudes Toward Paying Taxes

July 16, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Marc Berenson's unique surveys of Poles, Russians, and Ukrainians, conducted from 2004 to 2012 regarding their attitudes towards paying taxes, illustrate that Polish citizens express a far greater willingness and support for paying taxes than Russian citizens, who, in turn, are more willing taxpayers than Ukrainian citizens. Unlike Poles, whose compliance is related to their trust in the state, and Russians, whose compliance is related to their fear of the state, Ukrainians, showing the lowest support for tax obedience, have reacted to state efforts to increase compliance with less fear and little trust.

A New Agenda for a New Ukraine: Political, Security, and Social Dimensions

July 15, 2014 // 3:30pm4:30pm
The Euromaidan Revolution in Ukraine was not simply against the surging corruption of the last decades, but for a new national agenda across the board. However, for Ukraine to succeed and to sustain the faith of those who supported the Euromaidan, further deep changes in the political system are still needed.

Russia, Ukraine and Energy Security

July 01, 2014 // 10:30am12:00pm
This event focused on energy and its potential impact on future solutions to the Ukraine crisis, as well as overall relations among Russia, other Eurasian states, the European Union, and the United States. Editors of the second edition of Energy and Security (now in its second printing by the Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press) Jan Kalicki and David Goldwyn have served in leading energy and foreign policy roles in five U.S. administrations, Democratic and Republican.

Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State

June 27, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
The prevalence of drunkenness in Russia is often dismissed as cliché— a cultural quirk of little political significance. But just as vodka plays a central role in Russian society, so too is it central to understanding Russian history and politics.
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Energy Insecurity and the Luxury of Sovereignty along Russia’s Pipelines

June 24, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Can a state without energy security be considered fully sovereign? What factors go into state responses to external energy challenges, and what lessons can they draw from past crises? Lucia Seybert examines varied approaches by Lithuania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Belarus for reconciling energy needs with state sovereignty. Mapping the underlying dynamics to this tension between energy and security is important for our understanding of energy cooperation and conflict in Europe and beyond.

Protecting the Russian Environment: Challenges, Attitudes, and Public Health

June 10, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Russia is home to some of the world’s most polluted industrial sites, and Russians themselves are commonly perceived as ambivalent about steps necessary to protect the environment, especially if such steps might come at the cost of jobs. The speakers assessed current social concern in Russia over the environment, with particular attention paid to regional differences.
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If It’s Not a Cold War, What Is It?

June 05, 2014 // 2:00pm3:15pm
Have we returned to the zero-sum game mentality from our Cold War past? Did we ever leave it? Or is this some kind of deep freeze with the Russians? And just how cold (or hot) is it going to get? Join us as three veteran analysts, practitioners, and scholars of Russia and the U.S.-Russian relationship discuss and debate these issues in this latest National Conversation.

The Politics of Religion in Putin’s Russia

May 28, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
The 2014 U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom report discusses freedom of belief in today’s Russia. The seminar addressed the report and such issues as church-state relations, new legislation, the four designated “traditional” religions (Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Orthodox Christianity), and the status of Russia’s diverse and numerous religious minorities.

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