It turns out that the European Union settlement that left Cyprus’s banking sector in shambles has done Moscow a big favor. Not only did the EU take down a major offshore banking center, it helped President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to return to Russia any money stashed away in offshore bank accounts, writes William Pomeranz in this opinion piece.
Russia is eager to protect large deposits from its citizens and businesses in Cyprus’s banks, but Putin has also made a priority of bringing offshore money back to Russia. In reality, the Cyprus crisis runs not only through Europe but also through Russia, which may yet extract a high price in any final resolution.
Kennan Institute Acting Director Will Pomeranz analyzes Russia’s less than enthusiastic reaction to joining the WTO, and assesses how Russia will balance its perceived national economic interests within the constraints of the international trading system.
The Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center is pleased to announce the 2012 Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner on December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. John Faraci and Vartan Gregorian will receive Woodrow Wilson Awards in recognition of their contributions to corporate and public service related to U.S.-Russia relations.
The deadline is extended for the Research and Summer Research grants until December 17, 2012. Please note that Title VIII awards are limited to applicants who are U.S. citizens. To learn more about the application process, please visit the section on grant opportunities.
In the wake of the recent Ukrainian parliamentary elections on October 28, 2012, Kennan Institute Fulbright Scholar Mykhailo Minakov, who is an Associate Professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, spoke with the Kennan Institute about issues surrounding the elections. Mary Elizabeth Malinkin, Kennan Institute, had the following discussion with him.
Blair Ruble’s final Director’s Report for the academic year 2011-2012, followed by an additional note from Acting Director William Pomeranz on future programming plans.
Dr. Ellison directed the Kennan Institute from 1983-85, during which time he secured Title VIII funding from the U.S. Department of State and launched the Institute’s endowment campaign, the George F. Kennan Fund. He also chaired the Institute’s academic advisory council from 1998-2002.
The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the 2012 Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner on December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. This annual event recognizes individuals demonstrating outstanding and enlightened corporate citizenship and public service in connection with the U.S.-Russian relationship, and is the premier Washington event dedicated to this purpose. The event is a benefit for the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, a national resource for Russian studies in the United States.
Dr. Blair A. Ruble will leave his position as director of the Center’s Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies to serve as the leader of the Wilson Center's newest initiative, the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, which will study the impact of global changes on people’s lives, from their environment and health to their security and economic wellbeing.
Experts & Staff
- Matthew Rojansky // Director, Kennan Institute
- William E. Pomeranz // Deputy Director, Kennan Institute
- F. Joseph Dresen // Program Associate
- Mary Elizabeth Malinkin // Program Associate
- Izabella Tabarovsky // Manager for Regional Engagement
- Mattison Brady // Program Assistant
- Blair A. Ruble // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute