Russia and Eurasia Events

Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

January 14, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Lost Enlightenment chronicles this forgotten age of achievement, seeks to explain its rise, and explores the competing theories about the cause of its eventual demise. Informed by the latest scholarship yet written in a lively and accessible style, this is a book that will surprise general readers and specialists alike.
Podcast

Sochi: Olympic Flame in the Caucasus

January 13, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
What do the upcoming Sochi Games say about Russia’s prospects for stability and growth, or about the broader Caucasus region? Will Russia’s turbulent domestic politics steal center stage or remain a sideshow? Prominent experts on Russia and the region will address these questions in this Ground Truth Briefing.
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Round Table on the NATO-Russian Relationship

January 10, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
NATO’s Strategic Concept affirms the desire to build a “true strategic partnership” between NATO and Russia. While NATO and Russia have managed to cooperate in a number of practical security areas, significant strains remain in the relationship over the European institutional security configuration, missile defense, regional conflicts, and so on.

Ukraine’s Unrest – A View from the Regions

December 19, 2013 // 2:30pm3:30pm
Kennan Institute
Western media coverage of the events in Kyiv has, understandably, focused on the protests in Kyiv. But what are the reactions in the rest of Europe’s largest country? Is the country as divided along East-West fault lines as it is frequently portrayed, or is the situation more complicated? Join us for a panel discussion with views from major cities around the country.

Diasporas in Peace and Conflict: A look at Post-Communist Europe and Eurasia

December 16, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Scholars and policymakers are increasingly attuned to the potential impact of migrants’ long-distance activism on politics and conflicts in their countries of origin. Sarah Garding surveyed diaspora politics in post-communist Europe and Eurasia by highlighting the major mechanisms of long-distance political participation and the way in which diaspora activism reshapes domestic politics in the region’s countries of emigration.
Podcast

Euromaidan: Voices from the Streets of Kyiv

December 16, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
This Ground Truth Briefing brings together prominent experts and Kennan Institute alumni on the ground in Kyiv to discuss the street protests of September 13 and future developments there.

Russia’s Strategic Challenges

December 09, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Since he rose to power over a decade ago, Russian President Putin has striven to reassert Russia as a great power. His recent initiative on Syria has put it back on center stage, at least in the Middle East. But Russia's slowing economic growth and a range of foreign policy challenges raise questions about its future as a great power. What does Putin's Russia need to do domestically and abroad to fulfill its great-power ambitions? And can it succeed?
Podcast

The EU’s Eastern Partnership: A Post-Vilnius Assessment

December 03, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
The Kennan Institute and the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion with top experts and officials to analyze the results of the third summit of the Eastern Partnership in Vilnius.
Podcast

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

December 02, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
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
Kennan Institute
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.

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