Events

Assessing U.S. Sanctions: Impact, Effectiveness, Consequences

April 16, 2015 // 8:45am3:30pm
The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has the United States and its European allies struggling to find a way to respond to Russia’s actions and continuing violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. To date, that response is centered on calibrated but escalating sanctions against Russia. Once again, American reliance on sanctions as an essential foreign policy tool is on display.

Book Talk: "Gulag Town, Company Town Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta"

March 25, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
What was the relationship between the Gulag and Soviet society? What was the legacy of Stalin's massive system of forced labor? This talk explored answers to these questions using the case of Vorkuta, one of the Soviet Union's most notorious prison camp complexes.

Book Talk: New Translation "Anna Karenina"

March 23, 2015 // 2:00pm3:00pm
This talk explored the translation history of Anna Karenina, and the particular role played by Constance Garnett and Louise and Aylmer Maude in establishing Tolstoy’s reputation in the English-speaking world. This led to a discussion of some of the novel’s less well-known, but surprisingly revealing aspects, as seen from the grass-roots level of a contemporary translator, and, through a comparison of the fictional Anna with her real-life British contemporary Louise Jopling, a reconsideration of the novel’s relationship to the “woman question” in late 19th-century Russia.

Russian-Iranian Relations in the Shadow of Ukraine

March 23, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The ongoing attempt to improve Iranian-Western relations is occurring at a time when Russian-Western ties have sharply deteriorated over Ukraine. Moscow has increased its efforts to improve its ties to Tehran. But while Moscow and Tehran share some common interests, they remain at odds over others.

The War in Ukraine: The Roots of Russian Conduct

March 19, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
A year after the annexation of Crimea and the start of hostilities in Eastern Ukraine, the sequence of events leading up to the crisis are well established. Yet these events find their origins in Russia's recent and distant past, as well as the EU's image of a modern, post-WWII Europe.

Working Together to End Violence against Women: The Experience of Russia and the US

March 05, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**

The Evolution of Ukrainian National Identity in the Crucible of Maidan and War

March 02, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Volodymyr Kulyk examined the recent evolution of Ukrainian identity in terms of its content and salience. Looking at the impact of the Euromaidan protests and the subsequent military conflict in southeastern Ukraine, he demonstrated the Ukrainians' greater democratic maturity on the one hand and increasing alienation from Russia on the other. In addition to changing preferences of the Ukrainian population as a whole, he discussed continuity and change in regional divisions.

“Legacy of Soviet Dissent for Russia's Post-Soviet Generations”

February 24, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Many young Russians, whether politically active or indifferent, know little about the dissidents of the Soviet era. They don’t understand what motivated people of the time to speak out, why some dissidents decided to leave the country, or what was the significance of samizdat, the “self-published” writings and poetry that people passed around in secret at the time. The Voice of America launched a documentary series in 2013 featuring interviews, documents, and narration to tell the stories from this part of Russian history.

Revolution of Dignity Art Exhibit: Images from Ukraine's Maidan, 2013-2014

February 18, 2015 // 5:00pm7:00pm
Nearly 40 works of art are on display, including pieces by Andriy Yermolenko, considered to be one of the most prominent painters of the Maidan, as well as Marian Luniv, Olena Golub, Oleksa Mann, Ivan Semesjuk, and artists from the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine (MARI): Andriy Sydorenko, Glib Vysheslavsky, and Oksana Chepelyk. Replicas of works about the Maidan are displayed for the first time in Washington, D.C. at the Wilson Center.

Geopolitical Gambits and Ordinary Citizens: Attitudes in South-East Ukraine and Crimea

February 13, 2015 // 11:30am12:30pm
This talk presented the results of survey work conducted in December 2014 funded by the Political Science division of the National Science Foundation on evolving attitudes in conflict regions. The survey focuses on Southeast Ukraine (excluding the war zones of Donetsk and Luhansk) and Crimea, comparing attitudes towards Maidan, Russian actions, MH 17, Novorossiya, political actors, and NATO.

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