Events

Geopolitics, States, and Networks in Central Eurasia

May 09, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Authors and scholars Alexander Cooley and Alexander Kupatadze discuss their research into the interplay of geopolitics and local networks across Central Asia. Cooley explores the dynamics of the new competition between Russia, China and the United States over the region since 9/11, as well as how small states’ interaction with great powers advances our understanding of how world politics actually works in the contemporary era of diminishing Western influence and rising new regional powers. Author Alexander Kupatadze will discuss the diverging trajectories of organized crime in post-Soviet Eurasia focusing on professional criminals (so-called vory-v-zakone) in Georgia and drug smuggling groups in Kyrgyzstan.

Educating for Democracy: The Case of the European Humanities University

May 08, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
This luncheon program will convey the continuing impact of the European Humanities University (EHU) through exchanges with current EHU students and remarks from the university’s founding rector, Anatoli Mikhailov and Eurasia Foundation President, Horton Beebe-Center. The students, a live example of civic education in action, will help to focus the session on the challenges and rewards of educating a rising generation, especially in a state with an authoritarian government.

Police Reform and Corruption in Russia

May 07, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Vladimir Sergevnin, Assistant Professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and Director, Center for Applied Criminal Justice, Western Illinois University; and Editor, Law Enforcement Executive Forum, will address one of the critical issues of modern law enforcement segment of the Russian state: does police reform produce a new paradigm in controlling misconduct and corruption? What are some of the first results in reforming Russian police towards more accountability and professionalism?

St. Petersburg Regionalism as a Political Force: 1980s to 2010s

April 30, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Lev Lurye, cultural historian, St. Petersburg

Translating Judgments into Policy: The Influence of the European Court of Human Rights on the Russian Criminal Justice System

April 26, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
The Kennan Institute, in partnership with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, will host a seminar consisting of leading Russian human rights experts visiting the U.S. as part of ABA ROLI’s Conditions of Confinement and Prison Reform Study Tour, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The meeting will address Russian citizens’ use of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) as a tool for justice, its judgments on prison issues, and the court’s broader influence on the Russian judicial system.

"Angry Townspeople," the Internet, and the Market of Ideas: Vectors of Change in the Russian Public Sphere

April 23, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The recent rise of public activity in Russia was facilitated by a quick growth of the number of users of Internet that has changed the configuration of the public sphere. How it affects the offer at the market of political ideas? What are the perspectives of political dialog? Is it possible to talk about the new quality of the practices of public communication? Olga Malinova, Chief Research Fellow, Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, will argue that comparative analysis of electoral campaigns of 2011 and 2012 provides some evidence for answering these questions.

Environmental Politics in Eurasia

April 18, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Laura Henry, John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Government, Bowdoin College examines forest conservation and climate change issues in her research on Russia's environmental policy. How does global environmental governance influence environmental protection in Russia? Amanda Wooden, Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics & Policy, Environmental Studies Program, Bucknell University, discusses her work on the understudied issue of protest politics and the environment in Central Asia. This research sheds light on the unique and universal characteristics of environmental politics in Kyrgyzstan, and provides insight into governance and instability in the country more broadly.

Has Vladimir Putin Always Been Corrupt? And Does it Matter?

April 16, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
President Vladimir Putin was “the person to know in St. Petersburg,” according to Karen Dawisha, Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science and Director, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami Universtiy, Oxford, Ohio, and Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, at a recent Kennan Institute event.

Imperial Russia’s Criminal ‘Upperworld:’ Credit Fraud and the Limitations of Respectability

April 09, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Social, cultural, and legal factors of Imperial Russian society enabled swindlers with intelligence and social standing to convince their victims to “part with their money,” argued Sergei Antonov, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Baruch College, CUNY at a 9 April 2012 Kennan Institute lecture . Antonov discussed white-collar crime in Imperial Russia before and after Alexander II’s judicial reform of 1864, provided two examples of typical credit scams, and explained the legal mechanisms that enabled fraud as well as exposed it.

Spartak Moscow: A History of the People's Team in the Workers' State

April 04, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Robert Edelman, professor of Russian history and the history of sport at the University of California, San Diego will lead a panel discussion on his latest book entitled Spartak Moscow: A History of the People's Team in the Workers' State which examines one of the most successful Soviet soccer clubs of all-time.

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