February 24, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
After violence swept over Kyiv the last few days leaving dozens dead and hundreds wounded, opposition leaders have apparently reached an agreement with President Viktor Yanukovych to try to halt the rapidly escalating crisis. In this Ground Truth Briefing, experts discuss the current state of affairs in Ukraine.
February 24, 2014 // 9:15am — 12:00pm
There is a perception that it is not possible to do business in Russia without engaging in corruption. While corruption in Russia is a fact of life, individual businesses are employing a range of strategies to reduce their exposure and give them access to international partners. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Kennan Institute present expert findings on this timely issue.
February 06, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Each time the ongoing civil uprising in Ukraine has lost momentum, mistakes by President Yanukovych’s government have reinvigorated it. Protestors continue to gather on the Maidan, infuriated by police crackdowns. In this Ground Truth Briefing, prominent experts and Kennan Institute alumni on the ground in Kyiv and the broader region discuss the complex situation facing Ukraine.
February 05, 2014 // 3:30pm — 4:30pm
Based on extensive field work in Ukraine, Karina V. Korostelina describes the complex process of nation building. Despite the prevailing belief in a divide between two parts of Ukraine and an overwhelming variety of incompatible visions, her new book reveals seven prevailing conceptual models of Ukraine and five dominant narratives of national identity.
February 03, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Following a year of international diplomatic victories for President Putin, the Sochi Olympic Games will be a chance for the Kremlin to showcase Russia’s resurgence. By the same token, Sochi will test the Russian leadership’s ability to deliver on its promises about economic development and infrastructure building, coordination with local government and civic leaders in the North Caucasus, and calm and control around the event itself, despite likely protests from many groups and close international scrutiny.
January 29, 2014 // 6:00pm — 8:00pm
Edmita Bulota Lecture Series on Soviet and Post-Soviet Theatrical Arts. This lecture is devoted to important social problems and current political trends of contemporary Russia and their reflection in the modern Russian Theater. The talk addresses not only some of the most significant theater performances in Moscow, but also the professional, human and psychological atmosphere among the leading Russian theater creators and theater managers.
January 14, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Lost Enlightenment chronicles this forgotten age of achievement, seeks to explain its rise, and explores the competing theories about the cause of its eventual demise. Informed by the latest scholarship yet written in a lively and accessible style, this is a book that will surprise general readers and specialists alike.
January 13, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
What do the upcoming Sochi Games say about Russia’s prospects for stability and growth, or about the broader Caucasus region? Will Russia’s turbulent domestic politics steal center stage or remain a sideshow? Prominent experts on Russia and the region will address these questions in this Ground Truth Briefing.
January 10, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
NATO’s Strategic Concept affirms the desire to build a “true strategic partnership” between NATO and Russia. While NATO and Russia have managed to cooperate in a number of practical security areas, significant strains remain in the relationship over the European institutional security configuration, missile defense, regional conflicts, and so on.
December 19, 2013 // 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Western media coverage of the events in Kyiv has, understandably, focused on the protests in Kyiv. But what are the reactions in the rest of Europe’s largest country? Is the country as divided along East-West fault lines as it is frequently portrayed, or is the situation more complicated? Join us for a panel discussion with views from major cities around the country.
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 // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute