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The Kennan Diaries

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October 03, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
The Kennan Diaries reveals the personal life and the political, philosophical, and spiritual concerns of America’s most noted diplomat and foreign policy strategist, George F. Kennan. Edited by historian Frank Costigliola, The Kennan Diaries is a landmark work of profound intellectual and emotional power. more

"The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union"

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October 03, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Serhii Plokhii will present his latest book, "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union." Using recently declassified documents and original interviews, Plokhii examines the events leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union. He reveals that it was largely inter-republic disunity and not American influence that led to the surprising dissolution of one of the world's two superpowers. Plokhii provides new insight into the events leading up to 1991, which continue to reverberate to the present day. more

"Putin's Kleptocracy - Who Owns Russia?"

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October 01, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, Karen Dawisha, will present her new book "Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?" with Elizabeth A. Wood joining her as a discussant. The book traces Putin's sudden rise to power and examines the network of individuals who rose to power and riches along with him. Dawisha’s provocative new study further addresses the nature of Putin’s power vertical and the endemic corruption that accompanies his system. more

Russia's 'Potemkin Village' Elections

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Sep 30, 2014
"To understand voting in Russia, it helps to have a literary turn of mind, an appreciation of the Kafkaesque lengths to which the authorities will go to constrain the opposition," writes Jill Dougherty. more

Addicted to Putin

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Sep 30, 2014
"Russians have come to depend on their belief in Putin as much as he depends on their support. Instead of serving as a source of stability, as it did in the past, this mutual dependence is driving Russia toward political and economic isolation – with serious consequences for ordinary Russians’ livelihoods," writes Maxim Trudolyubov. more

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"Putin's Kleptocracy - Who Owns Russia?"

October 01, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm

"The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union"

October 03, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am

The Kennan Diaries

October 03, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm

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