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Transitioning Neighborhood: Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

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November 19, 2014 // 9:30am11:30am
Nearly a year after demonstrations erupted in Kyiv, Ukraine is forming a new government and considering the way forward after the recent parliamentary elections. Moldova faces parliamentary elections at the end of the month in which the survival of the current pro-European coalition is at stake. Belarus has been the seat of the Minsk process, the chief international effort to stop the fighting and find a settlement to the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Russia and the EU are deeply interested in each of these countries, which all face unresolved questions about their peace, stability, and political orientation. Three former ambassadors to the region will discuss recent events and prospects in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine and a senior State Department official will offer a US government perspective on developments in the region. more
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A Mixed Bag: The Impact of Falling Oil Prices

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Nov 19, 2014
When it comes to falling oil prices, good news at the pump could be very bad news when it comes to geopolitics. Many oil exporting nations could be facing fiscal and political calamity if prices were to drop and remain at levels lower than $100 per barrel. A panel of topic and regional experts discussed the situation during a recent Wilson Center event. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND. more

Russia’s New Foreign Policy

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November 18, 2014 // 11:00am12:00pm
Russia’s incorporation of Crimea and continuing support for armed separatists in Ukraine demonstrates the changes the Russian national identity has undergone in the last two years. This talk focused on the dramatic revisions in Russia’s foreign policy doctrine since Putin’s return to power, looking at the specific worldview and major ideological conceptions that have prompted this change. more

Business, Power, and Property Rights in Russia after Crimea

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November 17, 2014 // 2:00pm3:00pm
Twenty-three years after its emergence as an independent state, Russia’s institutions are still incomplete. It possesses open markets, competitive pricing, and appropriate fiscal tools to promote economic growth, but it lacks rule of law and independent courts. Paradoxically, Russia’s business community has never really championed private property rights. Instead most businesses have long operated under other countries' rules, essentially outsourcing the law to foreign jurisdictions. Vedomosti columnist and Wilson Center Fellow Maxim Trudolyubov discussed the changing economic environment in Russia in the aftermath of the Ukrainian Crisis. more

Kennan Institute Appoints New Director of Its Kyiv Office

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Nov 17, 2014
The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kateryna Smagliy as the new Director of its Kyiv office. Dr. Yaroslav Pylynskyi, who has headed the office since its founding in 1998, will continue with the Institute’s Kyiv office as a Senior Advisor. more

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