December 03, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
In May – September 1939, Soviet and Japanese forces clashed in a small undeclared war that left 30,000 – 50,000 killed and wounded. The fighting reached its climax August 20 – 30 and coincided precisely with the conclusion of the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact. Stuart Goldman’s book explores the link between these events and argues that this little-known conflict played a role in Stalin’s decision to sign the nonaggression pact with Germany, and also influenced critical decisions in Tokyo and Moscow in 1941 that shaped the conduct and outcome of World War II.
November 26, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Elections are a window onto a country's political system. Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine held parliamentary elections in September and October. NDI has worked closely with citizen election monitors in all three countries and has also conducted international observation efforts Ukraine and Georgia. Laura Jewett, Regional Director, Eurasia Programs, National Democratic Institute, will discuss what these concentrated political events tell us about civic and political rights in those countries.
November 20, 2012 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Nine-year old Aruzhan lives in harmony with nature on a deserted island, together with her mother and brother. Unwittingly echoing an ancient Kazakh legend, about the creation of the world from the egg of the Sacred White Swan, she tries to protect two abandoned swan eggs. Her brother, meanwhile, seeks opportunity in the city. Neither realizes the price they might pay. Akkyz is a beautiful film about the meeting point, and sometimes conflict, of man and nature, modernity and tradition.
November 19, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
As 21st century statecraft demands that nation's engage one another in all layers of economic, cultural, and political diplomacy—it is also increasingly clear that such engagement must occur not just on the national level, but just on the regional front as well. This "subnational" approach empowers nation states to create new partnerships and inroads with local leaders and institutions in advancing a litany policies, but it also empowers regional leaders to forge ahead and on key efforts and collaborate with key leaders, across nations, on a level never before seen. Such a model for engagement is being molded and shaped at the State Department as the next generation for U.S. and Russian diplomacy, and Special Representative Reta Jo Lewis will not only outline how connecting local markets and communities is a strong pathway forward for U.S.-Russian engagement, but will also draw on how such efforts between nations have played out in recent memory—connecting the dots for the next chapters of 21st century diplomacy.
November 13, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Four U.S. administrations have held office since the collapse of communism and the USSR. Edward Lozansky contends that not a single one has developed a truly sound Russia policy, but argues that it is important to do so: “During difficult and dangerous times it is better to have Russia on our side of the barricades.” What changes would be needed to edge the United States toward a truly productive relationship with Russia?
November 05, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Judyth Twigg, Professor and Chair, Program in Political Science and International Studies, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Director, Eurasia Health Project and Senior Associate (Non-resident), Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS, will focus on Russia's emergence in the international development community, examining health as a priority issue. It will analyze Russia's domestic institutional structure for health assistance, the channels—multilateral, bilateral, non-governmental, and commercial—through which Russia is active in global health, and the motivations driving Russia's actions in these areas. It will also touch on the implications of USAID's departure from Russia, given the substantial role health has played in the USAID portfolio.
November 02, 2012 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Cosponsored by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University; Krytyka Institute; and Krytyka Magazine // The Ukrainians are about to elect their 7th Parliament on 28 October 2012. The new Verkhovna Rada is expected to approve a set of amendments to the Constitution and Laws critical to the democratic future of Ukraine. So far the Ukrainian electoral process already has a mixed assessment from the international and local observers. A group of experts will meet at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to provide their informed opinion regarding the quality of the Ukrainian elections and their results.
November 01, 2012 // 6:00pm — 8:00pm
Kennan Institute/Harriman Institute Ukrainian Literature Series // Vasil Gabor, writer, Lviv, will read and discuss some of his latest works and writings. Please note: A reception precedes the event at 5:30 PM.
October 29, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Twenty years ago, Ukraine gained its independence and started its path towards a free market economy and democratic governance. Where is it now after the leadership of four presidents and the Orange Revolution? Karina Korostelina, Associate Professor and Director, Program on History, Memory, and Conflict, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, and former Regional Exchange Scholar, Kennan Institute, will exmaine a report that aims to create a comprehensive view on Ukraine after twenty years of independence by presenting prevailing conceptual narrative models of Ukraine as employed by Ukrainian and foreign experts and history teachers, main narratives of national identity, and the sources of a legitimacy crisis in Ukraine.
October 24, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Robert S. Norris, senior fellow for nuclear policy at the Federation of American Scientists will lead a Wilson Center panel discussion on "Cuban Missile Crisis: The Nuclear Order of Battle." Joining him will be defense analyst and nuclear historian David A. Rosenberg. The event will take place during the 50th anniversary of the 13 day crisis.
Experts & Staff
- Matthew Rojansky // Director, Kennan Institute
- William E. Pomeranz // Deputy Director, Kennan Institute
- F. Joseph Dresen // Program Associate
- Mary Elizabeth Malinkin // Program Associate
- Mattison Brady // Program Assistant
- Blair A. Ruble // Director, Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute