Events

Endangered Communities? The Politics of Indigenous Peoples in Siberia

January 28, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Research Professor, Georgetown University and Editor, Anthropology and Archeology of Eurasia, examines diverse levels of indigenous politics, ranging from cases of community devastation and assimilation to impressive cultural and social revitalization, as well as the role of international organizations in defending indigenous rights.

Legacies of a Lost Empire: Unresolved Territorial and Identity Problems in the Post-Soviet Era

January 22, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
More than twenty years after the collapse of the USSR, a number of frozen conflicts dating from the collapse persist to this day. They endure as hostages to geostrategic thinking, and are fueled by ethnic and identity contestation on the ground. Pilar Bonet, Chief Correspondent, Moscow, El Pais, former Title VIII-supported Research Scholar and Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar has covered many of these conflicts, and will concentrate her discussion on the cases of Transnistria, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia.

Permanently Besieged: Agrarian Uzbeks and the Conundrum of Independence

January 17, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Russell Zanca, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois University, depicts the cultural changes and continuities that have occurred as a result of Uzbekistan's recent political independence from the Soviet Union. This case study examines how the agrarian population has faced unremitting material hardships, brutal state repression, leaving the major opportunity for the youth and able-bodied has been either migration to cities or to countries abroad.

CANCELLED: Book Discussion: Life and Fate: Vasily Grossman at Stalingrad

January 15, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
This event has been cancelled.

Anti-Extremism Policies in Russia and How they Work in Practice

January 14, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Alexander Verkhovsky, Director, SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, Moscow and Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy examines the public demand for tough state response to sensitive issues in anti-extremist legislation, as illustrated with examples from current law enforcement practice.
Andrey Miroshnichenko

Man as Media: Old Mass Media and the New Digital Environment in Russia and the United States

December 17, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The third emancipation of text in human history is the emancipation of authorship. Problems of legacy media are usually explained by the development of multimedia and internet technologies. But the real disaster for old mass-media is the emancipated authorship of amateur “occasional” journalists. Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar and consultant Andrey Miroshnichenko asks, what will be the result of the competition between the professionalism of staff journalists and the cognitive surplus of guerrilla journalists? How will business models and design of content develop in Russian and American media?

Forced Labor in Modern Russia: Questions about Legal Responsibility and the Protection of Worker’s Rights

December 10, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Prohibition of forced labor is one of the fundamental principles of labor law in Russian Federation. However, the analysis of enforcement practice shows that this principle remains declarative. The Labor Code provisions concerning individual labor disputes stipulates no specific measures to protect worker’s rights in forced labor cases. Alisa Oblezova, Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar and Senior Lecturer, Labor Law and Social Security Department, Perm State University, investigates the different questions concerning employer’s liability for the use of forced labor, as well as methods for the protection of workers, including migrant workers, and makes an overview of proposed amendments to current legislation.

Legal Reform and the Fight against Corruption in Russia’s Regions

December 05, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Sergei Leonov, a lawyer in the forefront of anti-corruption efforts by Russia’s business community, will speak about his practical experience pushing for the reform of laws that give rise to corruption. A vice president at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Saratov Region, Leonov will also speak about the Russian government’s efforts to combat corruption plaguing business and the gap between rhetoric and reality.

Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army's Victory That Shaped World War II

December 03, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
In May – September 1939, Soviet and Japanese forces clashed in a small undeclared war that left 30,000 – 50,000 killed and wounded. The fighting reached its climax August 20 – 30 and coincided precisely with the conclusion of the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact. Stuart Goldman’s book explores the link between these events and argues that this little-known conflict played a role in Stalin’s decision to sign the nonaggression pact with Germany, and also influenced critical decisions in Tokyo and Moscow in 1941 that shaped the conduct and outcome of World War II.

Reflections on Parliamentary Elections in Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine

November 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Elections are a window onto a country's political system. Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine held parliamentary elections in September and October. NDI has worked closely with citizen election monitors in all three countries and has also conducted international observation efforts Ukraine and Georgia. Laura Jewett, Regional Director, Eurasia Programs, National Democratic Institute, will discuss what these concentrated political events tell us about civic and political rights in those countries.

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