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Believing in Russia - Religious Policy after Communism

April 15, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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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The Future of Investigative Journalism in Russia

April 12, 2013 // 8:30am11:00am
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.
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Protests, Flash Mobs, and #Occupy: Are Soviet Successor States Breaking away from the Spell of Civic Apathy?

April 08, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Building on her recent research into different forms of civic activism in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, Kateryna Pishchikova, Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, analyzed a range of recent civic initiatives in those countries and put them in the broader context of more than two decades of uncertain political transformation.
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Connecting the Caucasus with the World: Railways & Pipelines

April 02, 2013 // 9:00am2:00pm
This conference addressed the economic and geopolitical implications of increased connectivity and cooperation resulting from large infrastructure projects in the Caucasus region. Speakers included representatives from the Embassies of Azerbaijan and Georgia, as well as industry, think tank and U.S. government experts. Cosponsored by the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. Video from the event is now available.
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Russian Civil Society in the Bolotnaya Square Era

April 01, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, provided the perspective of a small foundation supporting human rights in Russia today. Iglitzin discussed the direction of civil society and NGOs in the new Putin presidency
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Russia and the World: A Dynamic Landscape

March 28, 2013 // 8:30am3:30pm
This March 28, 2013 conference was organized by the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, The Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and The Kennan Institute. Four panels of academic, industry and government experts examined current developments in Russia’s strategic and economic relationships in honor of Dr. Herbert J. Ellison.
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Explaining the Soviet ‘West’ and ‘Exotic’: Lithuanian and Georgian Writers

March 26, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Soviet writers were some of the most publicly recognizable intellectuals and were tasked by the state to transform society. The presentation outlined Georgian and Lithuanian writers, members of Writers’ Union, focusing on their participation in the establishment and the dynamics of ideas. The perspective of three generations in both countries reveals the rise of ethnic (local) interests and the disconnection of everyday-life from official goals. Both writers’ organizations expressed a clear character of localism (mestnichestvo), but the Georgian case illustrates more active participation at the central level while Lithuanian writers maintained a more peripheral and less active role in the druzhba narodov (“friendship of peoples”) narratives.
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Russian Citizenship: From Empire to Soviet Union

March 25, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
"Russian Citizenship" is the first book to trace the Russian state’s citizenship policy throughout its history. Focusing on the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the consolidation of Stalin’s power in the 1930s, Eric Lohr considers whom the state counted among its citizens and whom it took pains to exclude. His research reveals that the Russian attitude toward citizenship was less xenophobic and isolationist and more similar to European attitudes than has been previously thought—until the drive toward autarky after 1914 eventually sealed the state off and set it apart.
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Exiting Anarchy: Militia Politics after the Post-Soviet Wars

March 21, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Jesse Driscoll, Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, and Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego discussed his forthcoming book on how political order emerged in Tajikistan and Georgia after the violent chaos of the Soviet collapse.
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Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin

March 18, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Who is Vladimir Putin? Observers have described him as a "man from nowhere"—someone without a face, substance, or soul. In their new book, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin, Russia experts Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Putin is in fact a man of many and complex identities. Clifford Gaddy discussed the book’s major themes and examined Putin as the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. Understanding Putin's multiple dimensions is crucial for policymakers trying to decide how best to deal with Russia.

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