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Sochi: Olympic Flame in the Caucasus

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The Sochi Winter Olympics are set to open in less than a month, and anticipation is building. Two recent terror attacks in the Russian city of Volgograd underscore concerns about security, but the event will raise other important questions as well.

What do the Games say about Russia’s prospects for stability and growth, or about the broader Caucasus region? Will Russia’s turbulent domestic politics steal center stage or remain a sideshow?

Prominent experts on Russia and the region will address these questions in this Ground Truth Briefing.


  • Jane Harman

    Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Ivan Kurilla

    Professor, History and International Relations; Director, Department Development Partnership Program, Academic Director of the IMARES program, European University at St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Kathy Lally

    Moscow bureau chief, The Washington Post
  • Sufian Zhemukhov

    Former Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar
    Visiting Scholar, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Elliott School, George Washington University
  • Matthew Rojansky

    Director, Kennan Institute