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[POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] Regional Educational Politics in Russia 20 Years after the Collapse of the USSR

October 23, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
NOTE: This event has been postponed until further notice. || Alexandr Rusakov, Rector, Yaroslavl State University; Igor Kiselev, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Yaroslavl State University, and former Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar

Labor Protest and Political Change in Putin’s Russia

October 22, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Stephen Crowley, Professor of Politics and Chair, Russian & East European Studies, Oberlin College, and former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute
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The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November

October 17, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Based on secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by the number-two Soviet leader, Anastas Mikoyan, to settle the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, this book rewrites conventional history. The "missiles of October" and "13 days" were only half the story: the nuclear crisis actually stretched well into November 1962 as the Soviets secretly planned to leave behind in Cuba over 100 tactical nuclear weapons, then reversed themselves because of obstreperous behavior by Fidel Castro. The highly-charged negotiations with the Cuban leadership, who bitterly felt sold out by Soviet concessions to the United States, were led by Mikoyan.
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Is the World More Dangerous 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis?

October 15, 2012 // 1:00pm2:30pm
In October the world will observe the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came closest to nuclear war. In this Wilson Center National Conversation, panelists will discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis and the lessons that it holds in the context of the upcoming US presidential election.

The Russian Far East: Future Opportunities and Challenges to Russia's Window on the Pacific Rim

October 09, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Rens Lee, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute, and former Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Scholar, Kennan Institute

Book Discussion: "Is There A Place for Uzbeks in The Kyrgyz Republic?: Lessons from 'Under Solomon's Throne: Uzbek Visions of Societal Renewal in Osh'"

October 04, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Ethnic Uzbeks in the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) attempted to create a place for themselves in the Kyrgyz-dominated nation-state since its independence in 1991. For a while, there were reasons to be optimistic about this minority community. Even though they felt ethnic discrimination, local Uzbek leaders labored through the 1990s and 2000s to build institutions that serve the Uzbek communities within the framework of their Kyrgyzstani citizenship. That model of ethnic community-building now lies in tatters after the massive conflict between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in June 2010. What now for Uzbeks in the Kyrgyz Republic? As part of the Kennan Institute's Spotlight on Central Eurasia Speaker Series, Morgan Y. Liu will evaluate their prospects in light of sixteen years of detailed ethnographic work among Osh Uzbeks.

The New Role of State Corporations in the Russian Economy

October 01, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The Russian state corporations are prominent and often expand at the expense of private enterprises in several industries, notably banking, energy, machine-building and transportation. The state companies are functioning very differently from private enterprises. They benefit from cheap and ample capital and extraordinary regulatory advantages. Yet, they appear extremely inefficient and suffer by and large from poor governance. At this event, Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and former Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, will argue that how state corporations go, Russia is likely to go.

Russian-Iranian Relations: Implications for U.S. Policy

September 24, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Cosponsored by the Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson Center || Kennan Institute U.S. Alumni Series || Moscow does not want to see Tehran acquire nuclear weapons. Despite this, Russia has been reluctant to cooperate much with the U.S. in preventing this. In his talk, Mark N. Katz, Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University, and former Title VIII-Supported Research and Short-Term Scholar, Kennan Institute, will discuss why this is.
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Labor Migration in Eurasia: Links to Global Migration and Human Security Trends

September 21, 2012 // 9:00am5:00pm
Using a comparative approach to incorporate research initiatives into a global context can make a significant contribution to the current understanding of migration. In partnership with the Social Science Research Council, the Kennan Institute will host leading specialists on migration issues from Russia and the United States to discuss their most recent work, as well as share preliminary findings from research supported by the National Science Foundation. This research was conducted as part of the MINERVA initiative grant “People, Power, and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System,” led by Cynthia Buckley, Beth Mitchneck, and Blair Ruble.
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Soviet Soft Power and the Polish Thaw, 1953-1957

September 20, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Though little is known about such efforts, Soviet cultural and propaganda institutions attempted to reach directly the hearts and minds of East European societies in Moscow’s new sphere of influence created after World War II. In the process, the Soviets squandered considerable human potential on their side, which could have promoted more effective soft power initiatives. Stalin’s death in 1953 offered new possibilities for reciprocal cultural relations and more flexible Soviet approach. Patryk Babiracki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Arlington, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, will explain that other aspects of “the Thaw” in the USSR and Poland further complicated the work of Soviet international outreach institutions, revealing the limitations of Soviet soft power and of the Kremlin’s capacity to maintain empire.

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