Events

Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State

June 27, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
The prevalence of drunkenness in Russia is often dismissed as cliché— a cultural quirk of little political significance. But just as vodka plays a central role in Russian society, so too is it central to understanding Russian history and politics.
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Energy Insecurity and the Luxury of Sovereignty along Russia’s Pipelines

June 24, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Can a state without energy security be considered fully sovereign? What factors go into state responses to external energy challenges, and what lessons can they draw from past crises? Lucia Seybert examines varied approaches by Lithuania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Belarus for reconciling energy needs with state sovereignty. Mapping the underlying dynamics to this tension between energy and security is important for our understanding of energy cooperation and conflict in Europe and beyond.

Protecting the Russian Environment: Challenges, Attitudes, and Public Health

June 10, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Russia is home to some of the world’s most polluted industrial sites, and Russians themselves are commonly perceived as ambivalent about steps necessary to protect the environment, especially if such steps might come at the cost of jobs. The speakers assessed current social concern in Russia over the environment, with particular attention paid to regional differences.
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If It’s Not a Cold War, What Is It?

June 05, 2014 // 2:00pm3:15pm
Have we returned to the zero-sum game mentality from our Cold War past? Did we ever leave it? Or is this some kind of deep freeze with the Russians? And just how cold (or hot) is it going to get? Join us as three veteran analysts, practitioners, and scholars of Russia and the U.S.-Russian relationship discuss and debate these issues in this latest National Conversation.

The Politics of Religion in Putin’s Russia

May 28, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
The 2014 U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom report discusses freedom of belief in today’s Russia. The seminar addressed the report and such issues as church-state relations, new legislation, the four designated “traditional” religions (Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Orthodox Christianity), and the status of Russia’s diverse and numerous religious minorities.

The People Speak: Ukraine’s Presidential Election

May 27, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
The May 25 presidential election in Ukraine will represent a critical turning point in the ongoing crisis. Many questions hang in the balance as the date approaches. Will the elections be conducted peacefully, especially in eastern Ukraine? What will the turnout be? What role will Russia play? Will the first round produce a conclusive result?
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Arctic 2014: Who Gets a Voice and Why It Matters

May 21, 2014 // 9:00am12:00pm
Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region.
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Ukraine Between East and West

May 15, 2014 // 11:00am12:00pm
In a conversation with Wilson Center President Jane Harman, Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will present the OSCE’s priorities for restoring stability in Ukraine and discuss the impact of the crisis on European and Euro-Atlantic security.

EuroMaidan Art

May 14, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
From the very first days of the revolution in November 2013, Natalia Moussienko started to take photos of art in Kyiv and collect samples of artistic expressions and creativity. The original topic was “Art and the City Project,” but unfortunately it took a tragic turn and became “Art on the Barricades.” During the three months of the Maidan, Dr. Moussienko regularly documented a multitude of artistic expressions, and she has now compiled them for publication. Her forthcoming article will build on her Kennan Institute “Kyiv Art Space” paper, focusing on the street art of the difficult winter 2013-14.

Great Powers, Small Wars: Asymmetric Conflict since 1945

May 13, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
In a sophisticated combination of quantitative research and two in-depth case studies, Larisa Deriglazova surveys armed conflicts post–World War II in which one power is much stronger than the other. She then focuses on the experiences of British decolonization after World War II and the United States in the 2003 Iraq war. Great Powers, Small Wars employs several large databases to identify basic characteristics and variables of wars between enemies of disproportionate power. Case studies examine the economics, domestic politics, and international factors that ultimately shaped military events more than military capacity and strategy.

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October 31, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am

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