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Russia and Eurasia

The Holocaust and Russian Historical Memory: WWII According to Moscow

Russia presents itself today as a bulwark against rising global anti-Semitism and Holocaust distortion and also as a safe haven for Jews. It bases this narrative on the Soviet Union’s decisive role in crushing the anti-Semitic Nazi regime in World War II. Yet both the history and present-day politics surrounding these issues present a far more complex picture. Kiril Feferman, an Israeli historian of the Holocaust and Eastern Europe, reflected on Russia’s history of anti-Semitism and contemporary political entanglements as they relate to the Holocaust and World War II.

Restoring Memory of the Jewish Past in Russia, Poland and Ukraine

This panel is part of the Council of American Jewish Museums' 2018 Annual Conference day at the Wilson Center.

Today, material traces of Jewish life are disappearing rapidly in the post-Soviet space; vanishing along with them is the memory of Jewish presence in the region. This session will ask: what remains of that Jewish past and how is it being represented? How is the history of the Holocaust represented there—where such history was suppressed for decades? What role can American-Jewish museums play, if any, in assisting such efforts?

*EVENT CANCELED* A Centenary Celebration of Prokofiev and America

Due to a scheduling conflict, this event has been canceled.

Ukraine and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry documents reveal the importance of the NPT in 1994 decision to denuclearize.

This year, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is celebrating its 50th anniversary since it opened for signature on July 1, 1968.

U.S. Film Premiere and Discussion: "The Right to Memory"

“The Right to Memory” documents Arseny Roginsky's reflections on himself and his country. Roginsky was one of Russia's most distinguished public intellectuals and was an historian, a former political prisoner, and a co-founder of Memorial, which this fall celebrates 30 years since its founding.

How to Engage with the Russian Elite? The Case for Corporate Governance

Since 2014, the United States and the European Union have used sanctions to punish Russia’s economic elite for the actions of its government. Such policies have pushed Russian business into the arms of Vladimir Putin, even though historically, elites have often played an important role in facilitating democratic transition. Max Gutbrod, who has practiced law in Russia for two decades, discussed the vital and underappreciated role that corporate law can play as a means of promoting political and economic change in the Russian Federation. 

Making it a Priority: Adolescents’ Health and Rights

“Adolescence is a time to support young peoples’ access to information, to education, to skills and to services that can result in a healthy and safe transition into adulthood,” said Sarah Barnes, Project Director of the Maternal Health Initiative, at a recent Wilson Center event on engaging youth and protecting their sexual and reproductive health and rights. “It’s time to make adolescents a priority,” said Barnes.

The Storied Past of 'Denuclearization'

The word is not unique to the Korean Peninsula, but could achieve new significance because of it.