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Competing Interpretations of Buddhism’s Revival in the Republic of Kalmykia

June 10, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Russia is widely considered to have experienced a religious revival in the two decades since the end of communism. Edward Holland, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, considers the case study of Buddhism in the republic of Kalmykia, and questions this straightforward interpretation of renaissance.
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Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference

June 06, 2013 // 2:00pmJune 07, 2013 // 5:15pm
The Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference combined the latest scholarship and informed discussion of the critical issues facing the U.S. Government in this key part of the world as 2014 approaches. It was the culminating event of a multiyear research project supported by Carnegie Corporation.
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Art from Agony: Vasily Grossman and the Holocaust in Life & Fate

June 03, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The archival research of John and Carol Garrard has revealed Vasily Grossman's fictional projection to be based upon historical fact; they disclose what Grossman could not: the names and units of the perpetrators and collaborators.
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Illuminating the Kazakh Nomadic Culture: American Travelers (1870-1920)

May 28, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kazakhstan is rich in natural resources and ancient, unique cultures that have long attracted attention of Western travelers. Early American travelers made significant contributions in preserving Kazakhstan’s history as witnesses to its nomadic culture and through their photographs, drawings, and diaries. Saule Satayeva includes Kennan Institute namesake George Kennan who, together with American painter George Frost, wrote evocative essays and created numerous drawings and photographs.
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Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life after Stalin

May 20, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
This book examines how, beginning under Khrushchev in 1953, a generation of Soviet citizens moved from the overcrowded communal dwellings of the Stalin era to modern single-family apartments, later dubbed khrushchevka. Arguing that moving to a separate apartment allowed ordinary urban dwellers to experience Khrushchev’s thaw, Steven E. Harris fundamentally shifts interpretation of the thaw, conventionally understood as an elite phenomenon.
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Engaging the Law in Eurasia and Eastern Europe

May 14, 2013 // 9:30am4:15pm
Law provides the building blocks for both market economies and democracies. In the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, there has been a wholesale rewriting of statutes and regulations as part of a reshaping of the institutional environment of these formerly Communist countries. The extent to which these reforms have taken root has varied. This conference highlighted how the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have pursued legal reform and assess the role of law in the region.
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Webcast

Enforcing Laws on Human Trafficking in Russia

May 13, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Lauren McCarthy examines the trafficking phenomenon in Russia, discussing both sex and labor trafficking, focusing primarily on the response of law enforcement agencies in the ten years since trafficking was criminalized in Russia.
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Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

May 08, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kate Brown presented "Plutopia", the first history of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia, two communities developed in parallel by opposing nations at the height of the Cold War.
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Putin’s First Year in His Third Term: What Happened? What’s Next?

May 07, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Angela Stent and Fiona Hill examined how successful Putin has been in driving forward his agenda and what his priorities will be going forward.
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Russian Studies at American Universities in the Middle East: Beirut and Cairo

May 06, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Paul du Quenoy discussed the challenges, rewards, and new perspectives that flow from researching Russia at American academic institutions in the turbulent Middle East. Drawing on his experiences in Beirut and Cairo, he shared insights on teaching and pedagogy and describe his current research, which links the Middle East region to Imperial Russian diplomacy.

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