Events

Spartak Moscow: A History of the People's Team in the Workers' State

April 04, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Robert Edelman, professor of Russian history and the history of sport at the University of California, San Diego will lead a panel discussion on his latest book entitled Spartak Moscow: A History of the People's Team in the Workers' State which examines one of the most successful Soviet soccer clubs of all-time.

Book Discussion: "Russia: It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past"

April 02, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
David Satter, Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute

Energy Politics in Central Eurasia

March 28, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Stacy Closson argues that Central Asia is an energy and water rich region that, if cooperative, could cover their annual shortages of electricity, which range roughly around 25%, as well as decrease costs of energy, and protect the environment. Instead, the leaders have engaged in hostile practices that not only cause problems across borders and waste foreign investment and assistance, but also limit their developmental possibilities. Gregory Gleason notes that inherently non-transparent and centralized fixed energy infrastructures such as oil and gas pipelines and electric grids obscure financial transactions and are susceptible to political manipulation. Gleason, in his analysis of "power politics," explains why he sees the rapid pace of technology-driven market volatility in Eurasian markets as swiftly shifting Central Asian trends.
Duke, Arctic

Who “Owns” The Arctic?: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference [Chapel Hill, NC]

March 28, 2012 // 1:45pm6:45pm
The Wilson Center’s Canada Institute and Kennan Institute, with the Center for Canadian Studies at Duke University, joined UNC Chapel Hill’s Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) to host Who “Owns” The Arctic?: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference on March 28, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The conference brought together policymakers, academics, students, and environmentalists to explore diverse issues related to Arctic resource and energy management from Russian, Canadian, American, and other perspectives.

Book Discussion: The Politics of Inequality in Russia

March 27, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Income inequality in Russia bears striking similarities to inequality in the United States--both countries have seen a growing concentration of incomes among the very highest-earning groups and stagnant wages among lower- and middle-income strata. Poverty rates are also comparable. As in the United States, income inequality has become an issue of serious concern for policy makers. Unlike the United States, however, Russia has huge differences in living standards across its 83 regional territorial units. Taking advantage of the variation in levels of income, economic structure, political regime characteristics, and income distribution across the regions, "The Politics of Inequality in Russia" investigates the political and economic reasons for the rise in inequality.
Webcast

The Kazakh Famine of 1930-33 and the Politics of History in the Post-Soviet Space

March 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Sparked by Stalin’s brutal policies, the Kazakh famine of 1930-1933 devastated Soviet Kazakhstan, leading to the death of more than a quarter of the republic’s population. Today, competing portraits of this disaster play a crucial role in the politics of history across the former Soviet space, particularly in Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. In her talk, Dr. Cameron will examine the causes and consequences of the Kazakh famine, with particular emphasis on the catastrophe’s reverberations today.
Webcast

Regional Perspectives on the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit

March 21, 2012 // 3:00pm5:30pm
On March 26-27, Seoul will host the second Nuclear Security Summit, an initiative established by the Obama administration in Washington in 2010. Fifty world leaders, as well as scores of NGOs and industry and business representatives on the periphery of the central meeting, will discuss the summit’s main aim: to prevent loose nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists. Naturally, different regional actors will have different agendas and priorities for the summit, and it is therefore important to consider the issues and concerns for Northeast Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, and former Soviet states and stakeholders.

Prospects for American Investors in Kazakhstan

March 19, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
William Veale, Executive Director, U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association

The Present Situation in Ukraine

March 12, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
William Green Miller, Senior Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center , and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
Webcast

Assessing the Implications of the Russian Presidential Election

March 07, 2012 // 10:00am12:00pm
The Kennan Institute will sponsor a Moscow-Washington, DC seminar assessing the implications of the first round of the Russian presidential vote. U.S. commentators will be joined via video conference in Moscow with some of Russia’s leading political actors, including Alexei Navalny and Vladimir Ryzhkov.

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