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Russia and the Middle East after Crimea

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May 12, 2015 // 11:00am12:00pm
During Vladimir Putin's presidency, the Middle East has been a major zone of Russian foreign engagement. As tensions between the West and Russia have grown due to the conflict in Ukraine, the Middle East has emerged once again as a potential playing field for geopolitical competition. Paul du Quenoy will discuss how Russia interacts with the people and nations of the Middle East, illuminating Vladimir Putin’s complex and often paradoxical approach to the region since his seizure of Crimea in 2014. more

Developing Private Philanthropy in Russia

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May 08, 2015 // 10:30am12:00pm
Private philanthropy is a relatively new area of activity in Russia. Russian corporate giving has grown since the early 1990s, with companies beginning to adopt charitable giving and social investment standards from their Western counterparts. More recently, private and family foundations have begun to appear, and middle class giving is also on the rise. Ruben Vardanyan will discuss the trends and challenges of philanthropy in Russia; the role of private philanthropy; and infrastructure for the development of private philanthropy. more

Putin’s Grudging Perestroika

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May 06, 2015
"If we look at some of the Kremlin’s domestic policy initiatives, we see a country struggling to become less “Soviet” in its actions and reform its decrepit institutions before it’s too late," writes Maxim Trudolyubov. more

Engage China & Russia with Issues, Not Scolding

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May 05, 2015
China and Russia demonstrate a growing affinity in their national interests and diplomatic styles. Americans have often dismissed Chinese and Russian international ventures with broad attacks understood by Chinese and Russians as cultural condescension and used by their presidents to consolidate domestic support. The United States would engage China and Russia more effectively by focusing debate on specific policy issues and omitting more general criticism. more

From Revival to Reversal: Trajectories and Forecasts of Russia's Population Growth 2000-2050

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May 05, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
From 2007 to 2014, Russia enjoyed unprecedented demographic success. The abysmal fertility rates of the 1990s were left behind and Russia experienced some of the the largest fertility improvements anywhere in Europe. With falling mortality rates and economic-growth driven immigration, Russia's decline in population ended, and 2013 actually saw a net increase in Russia's total population. However, the current economic crisis is leading to policies that will likely lead to a reversal of these gains. The speakers presented new data and forecasts for Russia's population, and discussed various related social policies. more

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