Events

Russia’s Victory Parade: Is Putin Winning?

May 11, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
This year’s annual parade commemorating victory in World War II is of particular significance, falling on the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, and at a time of tangible Russian isolation by fellow Europeans. In this Ground Truth Briefing, three experts comment on this historical moment in Western and Russian relations.

Developing Private Philanthropy in Russia

May 08, 2015 // 10:30am12:00pm
Private philanthropy is a relatively new area of activity in Russia. Russian corporate giving has grown since the early 1990s, with companies beginning to adopt charitable giving and social investment standards from their Western counterparts. More recently, private and family foundations have begun to appear, and middle class giving is also on the rise. Ruben Vardanyan discussed the trends and challenges of philanthropy in Russia; the role of private philanthropy; and infrastructure for the development of private philanthropy.

From Revival to Reversal: Trajectories and Forecasts of Russia's Population Growth 2000-2050

May 05, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
From 2007 to 2014, Russia enjoyed unprecedented demographic success. The abysmal fertility rates of the 1990s were left behind and Russia experienced some of the the largest fertility improvements anywhere in Europe. With falling mortality rates and economic-growth driven immigration, Russia's decline in population ended, and 2013 actually saw a net increase in Russia's total population. However, the current economic crisis is leading to policies that will likely lead to a reversal of these gains. The speakers presented new data and forecasts for Russia's population, and discussed various related social policies.

Promoting Public Citizenship in the 21st Century: Russian and American Perspectives on Public Oversight of the State

April 30, 2015 // 2:00pm3:30pm
This discussion featured three Russian experts who have each spent time at the Wilson Center (with support from the U.S. Embassy, Moscow’s “Peer-to-Peer Program”). The panel compared the Russian and American experience and practice of public oversight. The results of their study include both expected and unexpected findings. For example, while U.S.-based organizations that work on government oversight are older and operate in a freer environment, there are areas where Russian groups and individuals are able to access state information faster and more reliably.

Does Russian Nationalism have a Future after Ukraine?

April 21, 2015 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Russian nationalism has been the victim of what is the essential tragedy of the Russian people: the Russian state tried to become an empire before the Russian people became a nation, and as a result, at no point has the country been a nation state. And while pro-Kremlin radical nationalists are increasingly important in Russian politics, their nationalist agendas have been largely co-opted by the state. The speakers discussed the crisis facing Russian nationalists and what the future may hold for them.

Remembering WWII: the 70th Anniversary of Victory

April 20, 2015 // 3:00pm6:00pm
May 2015 marks 70 years since the momentous victory of the allied forces in Europe. Victory was achieved only through enormous sacrifice and global cooperation amongst the allies. The Kennan Institute hosted a panel discussion of U.S.-Soviet partnership during the war. The panel was followed by a reception, sponsored by the Russian Embassy, to launch a month-long exhibit of archival photos that chronicle the U.S.-Soviet war effort.

25 Years Since the Baltic Revolution: Marking Accomplishments, Facing Challenges

April 17, 2015 // 10:00am11:45am
This anniversary year, in which Latvia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, presents a timely opportunity to review what the Baltics have accomplished in the past quarter century as well as current and future challenges that they face. As Latvia prepares to host a May 2015 Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, it is also appropriate to assess the relevance of Baltic experience to others seeking closer ties with European and trans-Atlantic structures.
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Assessing U.S. Sanctions: Impact, Effectiveness, Consequences

April 16, 2015 // 8:45am3:30pm
Full video from all three panels as well as the keynote address are available here.

Russian Media and Ukraine’s Domestic Politics

April 15, 2015 // 3:30pm4:30pm
The Russian state increasingly uses state-controlled television as a means of propaganda both within its own borders and abroad. Using precinct-level electoral returns and survey data, Leonid Peisakhin discussed how exposure to Russian television impacted Ukrainian voters in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Book Talk: "Gulag Town, Company Town Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta"

March 25, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
What was the relationship between the Gulag and Soviet society? What was the legacy of Stalin's massive system of forced labor? This talk explored answers to these questions using the case of Vorkuta, one of the Soviet Union's most notorious prison camp complexes.

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