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Does the ADA give the US moral legitimacy as a global disability rights leader?: The view from Russia and Ukraine

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July 27, 2015 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Human Rights play an important role in US-Russia relations. Rarely, however, are disability rights included in discussions of human rights in Russia and Eastern Europe. What are the key issues facing people with disabilities in the region today? more

Ukraine’s Decommunization Laws: Legislating the Past?

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July 24, 2015 // 11:00am12:15pm
In May 2015, the Ukrainian government passed four controversial laws aimed at initiating a clean break with the country’s communist past. Included in the laws are instructions on removing remnants of the communist past (monuments and street names), prescriptions on how to write the country’s history, as well as new measures to reconfigure the country’s archives. While the defenders of the laws argue similar measures were taken in other post-socialist countries and they are necessary to win the current conflict with Russia, scholars and other groups have questioned the impact on academic freedom, as well as freedom of speech more generally in Ukraine. more

The National Idea in Russia and China:
Русский Мир? 中国特色?

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July 23, 2015 // 11:00am12:30pm
Challenges in U.S. relations with great powers such as China and Russia derive not only from divergent national interests, but from distinct conceptions of nationhood, sovereignty, and modernity. Americans must therefore consider not only what the United States would like Russia and China to do, but how Chinese and Russians see themselves, one another, and the wider world, including the United States. more

Intellectual Roots of Putin's Nationalism and Ideology

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July 21, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
Maria Snegovaya discussed the intellectual trends that influenced Vladimir Putin’s thinking and partly served as an intellectual underpinning for the annexation of Crimea, the corresponding radical shift of Russia’s international doctrine, and the recent transformation of Russia’s post-Soviet identity. more
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Russia's Naval Power in the 21st Century

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July 17, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
Traditionally considered a land power, Russia's drive to develop as a naval power dates back at least as far as the reign of Peter the Great. As part of a large defense modernization program, Russia has invested heavily in recent years to develop its navy and acquire new capabilities. What is the state and mission of Russian naval power today? Dmitry Gorenburg and Olga Oliker will discuss the future of Russia’s naval modernization and how it may have been affected by the conflict in Ukraine. more

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