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Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections: Assessment of Process and Results

November 02, 2012 // 10:00am11:30am
Cosponsored by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University; Krytyka Institute; and Krytyka Magazine // The Ukrainians are about to elect their 7th Parliament on 28 October 2012. The new Verkhovna Rada is expected to approve a set of amendments to the Constitution and Laws critical to the democratic future of Ukraine. So far the Ukrainian electoral process already has a mixed assessment from the international and local observers. A group of experts will meet at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to provide their informed opinion regarding the quality of the Ukrainian elections and their results.
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And That Which People Are Thinking

November 01, 2012 // 6:00pm8:00pm
Kennan Institute/Harriman Institute Ukrainian Literature Series // Vasil Gabor, writer, Lviv, will read and discuss some of his latest works and writings. Please note: A reception precedes the event at 5:30 PM.

POSTPONED-- Ukraine: Models of Development and Narratives of National Identity

October 29, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Twenty years ago, Ukraine gained its independence and started its path towards a free market economy and democratic governance. Where is it now after the leadership of four presidents and the Orange Revolution? Karina Korostelina, Associate Professor and Director, Program on History, Memory, and Conflict, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, and former Regional Exchange Scholar, Kennan Institute, will exmaine a report that aims to create a comprehensive view on Ukraine after twenty years of independence by presenting prevailing conceptual narrative models of Ukraine as employed by Ukrainian and foreign experts and history teachers, main narratives of national identity, and the sources of a legitimacy crisis in Ukraine.
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Cuban Missile Crisis: Nuclear Order of Battle

October 24, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Robert S. Norris, senior fellow for nuclear policy at the Federation of American Scientists will lead a Wilson Center panel discussion on "Cuban Missile Crisis: The Nuclear Order of Battle." Joining him will be defense analyst and nuclear historian David A. Rosenberg. The event will take place during the 50th anniversary of the 13 day crisis.

[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.

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