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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.
Andrey Miroshnichenko

Man as Media: Old Mass Media and the New Digital Environment in Russia and the United States

December 17, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The third emancipation of text in human history is the emancipation of authorship. Problems of legacy media are usually explained by the development of multimedia and internet technologies. But the real disaster for old mass-media is the emancipated authorship of amateur “occasional” journalists. Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar and consultant Andrey Miroshnichenko asks, what will be the result of the competition between the professionalism of staff journalists and the cognitive surplus of guerrilla journalists? How will business models and design of content develop in Russian and American media?
Webcast

Women’s Leadership in Times of Political Transitions: Some Lessons from Kyrgyzstan

December 13, 2012 // 9:30am10:30am
Her Excellency Roza Otunbayeva, former President of the Kyrgyz Republic, will speak on women's leadership in times of political transitions.

Forced Labor in Modern Russia: Questions about Legal Responsibility and the Protection of Worker’s Rights

December 10, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Prohibition of forced labor is one of the fundamental principles of labor law in Russian Federation. However, the analysis of enforcement practice shows that this principle remains declarative. The Labor Code provisions concerning individual labor disputes stipulates no specific measures to protect worker’s rights in forced labor cases. Alisa Oblezova, Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar and Senior Lecturer, Labor Law and Social Security Department, Perm State University, investigates the different questions concerning employer’s liability for the use of forced labor, as well as methods for the protection of workers, including migrant workers, and makes an overview of proposed amendments to current legislation.

Legal Reform and the Fight against Corruption in Russia’s Regions

December 05, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Sergei Leonov, a lawyer in the forefront of anti-corruption efforts by Russia’s business community, will speak about his practical experience pushing for the reform of laws that give rise to corruption. A vice president at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Saratov Region, Leonov will also speak about the Russian government’s efforts to combat corruption plaguing business and the gap between rhetoric and reality.
Webcast

Book Launch: The Global Farms Race -- Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Former Soviet Union

December 04, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
The launch of a new book on arguably one of the world's most underreported trends: The acquisition, by nations and private investors, of vast expanses of precious farmland overseas.

Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army's Victory That Shaped World War II

December 03, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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.

Reflections on Parliamentary Elections in Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine

November 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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.

"Akkyz:" A Film about Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kazakhstan

November 20, 2012 // 4:00pm6:00pm
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.

U.S.-Russian Subnational Engagement: Connecting Markets and Communities

November 19, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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.

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