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Boris Rabbot and the "Shestidesiatniki:" The Forgotten Liberals of the 1960s

February 25, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Boris Rabbot, a journalist and sociologist, was in the vanguard of the pre-perestroika "shestidesiatniks," influential intellectuals and party leaders who vigorously advocated a policy of liberalization within the Soviet system. His widow, Lynn Visson, Visiting Adjunct Professor and Visiting Associate, Monterey Graduate School Institute of Translation and Interpretation, retired UN interpreter and co-compiler of "Boris Rabbot: An Unheeded Voice of the 1960s," discussed how he and the intellectuals of his generation presaged the reformers of the Gorbachev era.

Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union

February 20, 2013 // 4:00pm6:30pm
The film, "Age of Delirium," is the story of the fall of the Soviet Union as lived and experienced by the Soviet people. The film shows what it meant to live in a state based on a utopian ideology and how truthful information led to the Soviet Union’s rapid and unstoppable collapse. The film, written and directed by David Satter in collaboration with Andrei Nekrasov, Olga Konskaya and Inara Kolmane, is based on the book of the same name by David Satter.

Wheel of Fortune: The Coming Challenges of Russian Oil

February 19, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The Russian oil industry—which vies with Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer and exporter of oil, providing nearly 12 percent of the global supply—is facing mounting problems that could send shock waves through the Russian economy. Tracking the interdependence among Russia’s oil industry, politics, and economy, Thane Gustafson, Senior Director, Russian and Caspian Energy, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, and Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University, shows how the stakes extend beyond international energy security to include the potential threat of a destabilized Russia.
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
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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The Role of Azerbaijan’s Post-Conflict National Narrative in Limiting Refugees’ and IDPs’ Integration into Mainstream Society

February 11, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Nagorno Karabakh is often referred to as one of the former Soviet Union’s “frozen conflicts” with little explanation of how the conflict “froze” or might “thaw.” Jennifer S. Wistrand, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute draws upon twenty-two months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Azerbaijan, shedding light on some of the socio-cultural factors impeding both the peaceful resolution of the status of the region on a geopolitical level and the “successful” integration of Azerbaijan’s refugees and IDPs into mainstream society. Particular attention will be paid to the long-term socio-economic and mental health consequences of not resolving the status quo, especially for refugee and IDP youth.

Immigration Reform in Russia

February 07, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Russia receives the second most immigrants in the world after the United States. Due to this fact, immigration reform and the national migration concept have been the primary focus of federal migration policy debates in recent years. Olga Gulina, Law Institute, Samara and Alisa Oblezova, Perm State University will offer their views on Russian immigration law and enforcement and the national migration concept adopted in June 2012.

Russia, the Near Abroad, and the West: Lessons from the Moldova-Transnistria Conflict

February 04, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Drawing from the analysis in his newly published study of the nearest approach to a settlement in Moldova, the failed Kozak Memorandum almost a decade ago, William Hill, Professor of National Security Strategy, National War College, Washington D.C., offers some thoughts on possibilities for success in the current negotiations, and how longstanding, conflicting Russian and western perceptions and interests in the so-called "near abroad" affect both prospects for progress in Moldova and relations between Russia, the EU, and the U.S.

A Celebration of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

February 01, 2013 // 7:00pm9:00pm
Reception and performance featuring the music of Tschaikovsky and Rachmaninov to be held at the Russian Cultural Centre. This event features remarks by Fulbright-Kennan Institute Scholar, Alexander Okun. Cosponsored by the Russian Cultural Center and the Russian Chamber Arts Society.

Ambassador Roundtable: Reflections and Recommendations on U.S.-Ukrainian Relations

January 30, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
With the Obama administration entering its second term, and Ukraine entering its third decade of independence, it is an appropriate time to step back from the news of the day and take a broader perspective on Ukraine’s history since independence. This panel of former U.S. ambassadors to Ukraine will draw upon their experiences with Ukraine to reflect on our bilateral relations and recommend future directions for U.S. policy.

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.

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