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Ground Truth Briefing: Ukraine and Europe: A Turning Point?

December 02, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Despite months of intense wrangling between Kyiv and EU capitals, it is now highly unlikely that Ukraine will sign the EU association agreement during the November 28-29 European Union Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. In this Ground Truth Briefing, we hear the analysis of prominent Ukrainian, Russian and German experts.

Media Transparency and Journalist Ethics in Post-Soviet Ukraine

November 25, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Anastasia Grynko, post-doctoral fellow, Harriman Institute, discussed contemporary issues of journalist ethics and transparency, specifically how Ukrainian journalists interpret the various pressures and ethical challenges they confront in today’s media environment, and how they view their professional role in Ukraine.

Understanding Russia in the United States: Images and Myths, 1881-1914

November 18, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Victoria Zhuravleva presented her studies of American perceptions of Russia as a multi-leveled phenomenon. Her work is a rich distillation of primary sources, which provides a revealing glimpse at how American views of Russia have evolved and/or remained consistent over time.

Fifteen Years On: Imagining Galina Starovoitova’s Perspective on Contemporary Russia

November 12, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Galina Starovoitova was a Russian politician and ethnographer known for her work to protect ethnic minorities and promote democratic reforms in Russia. Nadia Diuk discussed how Starovoitova might view Russia today, from ethnic tensions to political developments.
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Tango of Death

November 07, 2013 // 6:00pm8:00pm
The 11th installment of the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature series, sponsored by the Kennan Institute and Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, featured writer Yuri Vynnychuk, author of The Tango of Death (“Танго смерті”). Mr. Vynnychuk’s book was named the BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year in 2012.

The 2013 Georgian Presidential Election: An Assessment

November 07, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia (1998-2001), served as an election monitor under the auspices of the National Democratic Institute. He commented on his evaluation of the 2013 Georgian Presidential election based on his on-the-ground observations. He was joined by Laura Jewett, Regional Director, Eurasia Programs, National Democratic Institute.
Wayne Merry

Moscow’s 1993 Autumn Crisis: Tank Fire, Electoral Upset, and the American Policy Response

November 04, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
October 3, 1993, in Moscow was a beautiful autumn Sunday. It was also the day when domestic political debate collapsed into urban warfare. Confrontation over the drafting of a new constitution and a national referendum had boiled over, and tanks were out on the street in Moscow. Wayne Merry discussed his experiences as an embassy official in Moscow at the time, and the American policy response to the crisis.
Karyna Korostelina

Constructing Nation: National Narratives of History Teachers in Ukraine

October 28, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Karina Korostelina examined the use of historical narratives as an element of nation building in Ukraine, and analyzed the role of history teachers in this process. Based on 60 semi-structural interviews with history teachers in Ukraine, the speaker described three major national narratives used by history teachers to produce specific meaning of social identity among school pupils.

The New Political Landscape of Afghanistan's Neighborhood After '2014'

October 21, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Much attention is being devoted to the changing security situation in Afghanistan as US/NATO forces prepare to end the current mission and begin a new status in the country. Already, Afghanistan's immediate neighbors (and somewhat distant, such as Russia) are addressing what they see as the key concerns of the coming years. Roger Kangas spoke about potential regional outcomes as the balance of security changes in the coming years.

The Russian Orthodox Church and Russia’s Foreign Policy Vectors

October 15, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Contemporary Russia has a set of overlapping and sometimes contradictory foreign policies. Nikolas K. Gvosdev discusses the role the Russian Orthodox Church plays in Russia's foreign policy process.

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