Russia and Eurasia Events
October 24, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
There is much riding on the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine on October 26. Ukrainians face an ongoing war despite the tenuous ceasefire in the Donbas region, and severe economic pressures. The desperate need for reform is still at the top of the agenda for Maidan activists who overthrew the Yanukovych regime in February, and for the international community which has pledged to support Ukraine financially through the difficult months ahead. How can the new Rada to be elected this Sunday make meaningful progress in the face of these daunting challenges?
October 23, 2014 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
The Chautauqua is a traveling tent-show that originated in America during the 1800s. These traveling shows featured popular talks intended to edify and entertain, improve the mind and bring culture and enlightenment to the ears and thoughts of the hearer. It is a model that inspires Oleksandr Boichenko, a literary critic, publicist, essayist and translator from Chernivtsi, an emerging center for Ukrainian literature. Boichenko’s Chautauqua at the Wilson Center featured his writings and views on the impact of recent events, from the Maidan to the tenuous ceasefire, on Ukrainian culture.
October 23, 2014 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
With UN demographers more certain than ever that global population will reach between 10 and 12 billion by the end of the century, the challenge of building a sustainable future seems daunting. But according to Wolfgang Lutz, founding director of the Vienna-based Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital, these projections miss one crucial variable: increasing levels of education.
October 22, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Over the last twenty-five years, the ideal of an integrated Euro-Atlantic community including Russia has gradually faded, as new dividing lines seem to be hardening on the European continent. The Ukrainian crisis and conflict with Russia have effectively brought an end to the post-Cold War era; it remains an open question what will be the outlines and nature of the new era that follows. William H. Hill, former head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, looks at the events in Ukraine from multiple vantage points. What happened in Ukraine and what are the prospects? What motivated Russia’s conduct during the crisis, and what are Moscow’s likely courses of action in the near and medium term? What are U.S. perceptions, motives, and likely responses to the crisis? Finally, what are the implications of the crisis for the Euroatlantic and global international order? Professor Hill shared his analysis on these questions and Kennan Institute Public Policy Scholar Michael Kofman provided commentary.
October 20, 2014 // 9:00am — 2:30pm
Taking stock of democracy promotion over the past 30 years, what are its strengths and weaknesses? If U.S. and European democracy promotion should be continued, how can it be better targeted and reformed to more effectively advance democratization in post-authoritarian societies? If such assistance programs deserve to be terminated, should there be alternative policies to support human rights and other aspects of pluralism?
October 17, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
The First Death is a short documentary film by Ukrainian independent film project Babylon'13, which details the Maidan movement's first casualty, Serhiy Nigoyan, who died on January 22nd, 2014 from gunshot wounds. Through interviews and live coverage of the events, the film makes the case that the deaths of Nigoyan and other protesters served as the catalyst that turned the movement from a demonstration into a revolution. Film Director Yuriy Gruzinov was joined by Wilson Center Senior Scholar and Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Miller to discuss the movie and the events in Kyiv that sparked the crisis.
October 09, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Much discussion has taken place about the political implications and outcomes of the conflict in Ukraine, but these have been shaped by military realities on the ground. Michael Kofman discussed the current military balance and the actual state of Ukraine’s military and defense industry. The tactics employed in this summer's fighting by all sides will have implications that reverberate throughout the process of ceasefire and political settlement. It is important to understand the military nuances in order to gain perspective on Ukraine's options in the future.
October 06, 2014 // 1:30pm — 3:00pm
Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov spoke about the current state of U.S.-Russia relations during one of the tensest times since the end of the Cold War. Joining him to discuss current events affecting this important relationship was former CNN foreign correspondent Jill Dougherty.
October 03, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Serhii Plokhii presented his latest book, "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union." Using recently declassified documents and original interviews, Plokhii examines the events leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union. He reveals that it was largely inter-republic disunity and not American influence that led to the surprising dissolution of one of the world's two superpowers. Plokhii provides new insight into the events leading up to 1991, which continue to reverberate to the present day.
October 01, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, Karen Dawisha, presented her new book "Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?" with Elizabeth A. Wood joining her as a discussant. The book traces Putin's sudden rise to power and examines the network of individuals who rose to power and riches along with him. Dawisha’s provocative new study further addresses the nature of Putin’s power vertical and the endemic corruption that accompanies his system.