Russia Events

Book Discussion: The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics

November 14, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Irina Papkova will present the major findings of her recent book, "The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics," which was jointly published by Oxford University Press and the Woodrow Wilson Center press in April 2011. The book examines church-state relations in post-Soviet Russia, and questions popular assumptions about the close nature of the relationship between the Orthodox church and the Putin regime in particular.

Privatization in the Russian Federation: The Rise of Market-Based Systems in Modern Russia

October 24, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
President Medvedev recognizes that a well-conceived economic program, designed to create an independent broad based and self-sustaining private sector will improve Russia's position and image as a global superpower. The improvement in the quality of life for the average Russian is also an essential element, both economically, politically and socially for the Russian Federation. In Russia, the continuing development of privatization must be part of an overall reform package involving continued de-regulation, progressive taxation and a strong and viable monetary policy.

Counting Coup? Evolving Memories of August 1991 in Russia

October 17, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
August 19, 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the 1991 coup attempt in Russia. Harley Balzer argued that the combination of “strong opposition, resistance, subversion, and bureaucratic inertia” were crucial in defeating the Communist party leaders’ attempt to seize power from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991. As memories fade and the Russian government seeks to undermine belief in popular political efficacy, the prevailing narrative of August 1991 suggests that an ill-conceived and poorly executed attempt to seize power failed because of its leaders’ incompetence, their serious miscalculation of public opinion, or Gorbachev’s failure to support political allies whose actions he had previously endorsed.

Book Discussion: Citizens in the Making in Post-Soviet States

October 11, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
The political outlook of young people in the countries of the former Soviet Union is crucial to their countries’ future political development. This is particularly relevant now as the first generation without firsthand experience of communism at first hand is approaching adulthood. Based on extensive original research and including new survey research amongst young people, this book examines young people’s political outlook in countries of the former Soviet Union; it compares and contrasts Russia, where authoritarianism has begun to reassert itself, and Ukraine, which experienced a democratic breakthrough in the aftermath of the Orange Revolution.
Webcast

Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network

September 13, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Sarah B. Snyder explores how, in the aftermath of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, a transnational network of activists committed to human rights in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe made the topic a central element in East-West diplomacy.

U.S.-Soviet Relations during the Second World War: History and Lessons for Today

June 15, 2011 // 9:45am1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Cosponsored by the Embassy of the Russian Federation, this conference discussed newly-available information regarding the history and diplomacy of relations between the United States and Russia during the Second World War.

Russia and Eurasia in a New Geopolitical Era

June 13, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Bruce Parrott, Professor and Director, Russian and Eurasian Studies Program, School of Advanced and International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center, discussed long-term trends in the geopolitics of Eurasia, as well as the implications of recent geopolitical changes for Russia and its international role.

Immigration and Social Power: The Russian Case

June 01, 2011 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
With Russia being the center of the second-largest migration system in the world, Vladimir Malakhov examined the framework of Russian “social power” for an in-depth analysis of immigration to Russia - as well as why “those in power do not wish to see Russia more diverse than it currently is.”
James Meyer
Webcast

Muslims and the State in Late Imperial Russia and Today

May 16, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Through analyzing the status of Muslim communities in late Imperial Russia, James Meyer, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Philosophy, Montana State University, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, examined the current state of - and challenges facing - Muslim culture in modern-day Russia.

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