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The Role of Azerbaijan’s Post-Conflict National Narrative in Limiting Refugees’ and IDPs’ Integration into Mainstream Society

February 11, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Nagorno Karabakh is often referred to as one of the former Soviet Union’s “frozen conflicts” with little explanation of how the conflict “froze” or might “thaw.” Jennifer S. Wistrand, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute draws upon twenty-two months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Azerbaijan, shedding light on some of the socio-cultural factors impeding both the peaceful resolution of the status of the region on a geopolitical level and the “successful” integration of Azerbaijan’s refugees and IDPs into mainstream society. Particular attention will be paid to the long-term socio-economic and mental health consequences of not resolving the status quo, especially for refugee and IDP youth.

Immigration Reform in Russia

February 07, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Russia receives the second most immigrants in the world after the United States. Due to this fact, immigration reform and the national migration concept have been the primary focus of federal migration policy debates in recent years. Olga Gulina, Law Institute, Samara and Alisa Oblezova, Perm State University will offer their views on Russian immigration law and enforcement and the national migration concept adopted in June 2012.

Russia, the Near Abroad, and the West: Lessons from the Moldova-Transnistria Conflict

February 04, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Drawing from the analysis in his newly published study of the nearest approach to a settlement in Moldova, the failed Kozak Memorandum almost a decade ago, William Hill, Professor of National Security Strategy, National War College, Washington D.C., offers some thoughts on possibilities for success in the current negotiations, and how longstanding, conflicting Russian and western perceptions and interests in the so-called "near abroad" affect both prospects for progress in Moldova and relations between Russia, the EU, and the U.S.

A Celebration of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

February 01, 2013 // 7:00pm9:00pm
Reception and performance featuring the music of Tschaikovsky and Rachmaninov to be held at the Russian Cultural Centre. This event features remarks by Fulbright-Kennan Institute Scholar, Alexander Okun. Cosponsored by the Russian Cultural Center and the Russian Chamber Arts Society.

Ambassador Roundtable: Reflections and Recommendations on U.S.-Ukrainian Relations

January 30, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
With the Obama administration entering its second term, and Ukraine entering its third decade of independence, it is an appropriate time to step back from the news of the day and take a broader perspective on Ukraine’s history since independence. This panel of former U.S. ambassadors to Ukraine will draw upon their experiences with Ukraine to reflect on our bilateral relations and recommend future directions for U.S. policy.

Endangered Communities? The Politics of Indigenous Peoples in Siberia

January 28, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Research Professor, Georgetown University and Editor, Anthropology and Archeology of Eurasia, examines diverse levels of indigenous politics, ranging from cases of community devastation and assimilation to impressive cultural and social revitalization, as well as the role of international organizations in defending indigenous rights.

Legacies of a Lost Empire: Unresolved Territorial and Identity Problems in the Post-Soviet Era

January 22, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
More than twenty years after the collapse of the USSR, a number of frozen conflicts dating from the collapse persist to this day. They endure as hostages to geostrategic thinking, and are fueled by ethnic and identity contestation on the ground. Pilar Bonet, Chief Correspondent, Moscow, El Pais, former Title VIII-supported Research Scholar and Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar has covered many of these conflicts, and will concentrate her discussion on the cases of Transnistria, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia.

Permanently Besieged: Agrarian Uzbeks and the Conundrum of Independence

January 17, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Russell Zanca, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois University, depicts the cultural changes and continuities that have occurred as a result of Uzbekistan's recent political independence from the Soviet Union. This case study examines how the agrarian population has faced unremitting material hardships, brutal state repression, leaving the major opportunity for the youth and able-bodied has been either migration to cities or to countries abroad.

CANCELLED: Book Discussion: Life and Fate: Vasily Grossman at Stalingrad

January 15, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
This event has been cancelled.

Anti-Extremism Policies in Russia and How they Work in Practice

January 14, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Alexander Verkhovsky, Director, SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, Moscow and Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy examines the public demand for tough state response to sensitive issues in anti-extremist legislation, as illustrated with examples from current law enforcement practice.

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