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The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book

September 08, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
In The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, Peter Finn and Petra Couvée bring readers intimately close to the charming, passionate, and complex artist that was Boris Pasternak. First to obtain CIA files providing concrete proof of the agency’s involvement, the authors give us a literary thriller that takes us back to a fascinating period of the Cold War—to a time when literature had the power to stir the world.

"They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide"

August 14, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Starting in early 1915, the Ottoman Turks began deporting and killing hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the first major genocide of the twentieth century. By the end of the First World War, the number of Armenians in what would become Turkey had been reduced by ninety percent—more than a million people. A century later, the Armenian Genocide remains controversial but relatively unknown, overshadowed by later slaughters and the chasm separating Turkish and Armenian versions of events. In this definitive narrative history, Ronald Suny cuts through nationalist myths, propaganda, and denial to provide an unmatched account of when, how, and why the atrocities of 1915–1916 were committed.

Putting the South Caucasus in Perspective

August 05, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia have been independent states for more than 23 years. Although geographically contiguous, they differ in language, religion, and political and security orientation. How is each country faring in state-building, developing democracy, and improving economic performance? What are their relationships with Russia and the West, and with each other? How does their historical experience influence current developments, and what are their long term prospects?

The Impact of Ukraine in the Neighborhood

July 22, 2014 // 10:00am12:00pm
Russia's annexation of Crimea and support of separatists in eastern Ukraine is having ripple effects throughout Eurasia. But what has been the impact in the immediate neighborhood, the South Caucasus, Moldova, and Belarus as well as Ukraine itself?
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Citizens, Subjects, and Slackers: Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian Attitudes Toward Paying Taxes

July 16, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Marc Berenson's unique surveys of Poles, Russians, and Ukrainians, conducted from 2004 to 2012 regarding their attitudes towards paying taxes, illustrate that Polish citizens express a far greater willingness and support for paying taxes than Russian citizens, who, in turn, are more willing taxpayers than Ukrainian citizens. Unlike Poles, whose compliance is related to their trust in the state, and Russians, whose compliance is related to their fear of the state, Ukrainians, showing the lowest support for tax obedience, have reacted to state efforts to increase compliance with less fear and little trust.

A New Agenda for a New Ukraine: Political, Security, and Social Dimensions

July 15, 2014 // 3:30pm4:30pm
The Euromaidan Revolution in Ukraine was not simply against the surging corruption of the last decades, but for a new national agenda across the board. However, for Ukraine to succeed and to sustain the faith of those who supported the Euromaidan, further deep changes in the political system are still needed.

Українсько-турецькі відносини на сучасному етапі: можливості та перешкоди

July 03, 2014 // 10:00am1:00pm
Міжнародний круглий стіл «Українсько-турецькі відносини на сучасному етапі: можливості та перешкоди» відбувся у Києві 3 липня 2014 року. Програма круглого столу включала широке коло питань двосторонніх стосунків України і Туреччини, зокрема чорноморської безпеки, економічних відносин, транспорту та енергетики, співробітництва у галузях науки, освіти і культури. Особливу увагу учасники дискусії приділили найбільш актуальним проблемам, які турбують обидві країни, таким як ситуація в окупованому Росією Криму та навколо нього, становище кримських татар, безпека і припинення бойових дій на Добансі, криза на Близькому Сході і стан справ у Сирії та Іраку.

Russia, Ukraine and Energy Security

July 01, 2014 // 10:30am12:00pm
This event focused on energy and its potential impact on future solutions to the Ukraine crisis, as well as overall relations among Russia, other Eurasian states, the European Union, and the United States. Editors of the second edition of Energy and Security (now in its second printing by Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press) Jan Kalicki and David Goldwyn have served in leading energy and foreign policy roles in five U.S. administrations, Democratic and Republican.

Презентація журналу «Суспільство і релігія»

June 28, 2014 // 10:00am1:00pm
Презентація чергового випуску журналу «Суспільство і релігія» Університету міста Фрайбурга, присвяченого подіям в Україні, відбулася у Києві 28 червня 2014 року. Автори збірки, серед яких багато випускників програм Інституту Кеннана, аналізували причини, перебіг і наслідки української революції, роль Заходу і Росії у розгортанні кризи, пропонували можливі шляхи її подолання.

Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State

June 27, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
The prevalence of drunkenness in Russia is often dismissed as cliché— a cultural quirk of little political significance. But just as vodka plays a central role in Russian society, so too is it central to understanding Russian history and politics.

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