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25 Years of Independence: Questioning Post-Soviet

The concept ‘post-Soviet’ is more than a modifier for marking historical time or geographic space. The joint inheritances—political, economic, cultural, and intellectual—of the Soviet Union contribute to common challenges for the fifteen successor states. At this book launch event, the panelists considered issues ranging from human movement to the intellectual organization of space, underscoring the continued relevance of the term 'post-Soviet' as an organizing idea.

0900-0930 - Keynote remarks

James Goldgeier, Dean, School of International Service, American University

0930-1045 - 1st Panel: Redefining the Post-Soviet Space: Politics, Economics, and Ideology

Edward C. Holland, University of Arkansas

Sergey Aleksashenko, The Brookings Institution

Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University

William E. Pomeranz, Kennan Institute

1100-1215 - 2nd Panel: Reconstructing the Post-Soviet Space: Religion, Migration, Cities, and Frozen Conflicts

Matthew Derrick, Humboldt State University

Alexander Diener, University of Kansas

Megan Dixon, College of Idaho

Gerard Toal, Virginia Tech University


  • Edward Holland

    Title VIII Short-Term Scholar
    Independent scholar
  • Alexander Diener

    Title VIII Short-Term Scholar
    Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Kansas
  • Matthew Derrick

    Title VIII Short Term Scholar
    Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Humboldt State University.
  • Marlène Laruelle

    Associate Director and Research Professor, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs; Director, Central Asia Program, The George Washington University; Co-Director of PONARS (Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia)
  • Gerard Toal

    Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs, Virginia Tech University
  • Dr. Gerard Toal

    Political Geographer, Professor, Virginia Tech