Questioning Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine

14 May

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Guest:

Michael Kofman, Public Policy Scholar at the Kennan Institute where he specializes in security and defense in Eurasia. His most recent publications are “How to Start a Proxy War with Russia” and with Matthew Rojansky, “A Closer look at Russia’s “Hybrid War.”

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The Memorialization of WWII in Russia

7 May

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Guest:

Elizabeth Wood, professor of history at MIT. She is the author of Performing Justice: Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia and The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia. Her current work centers on the performance of power under Vladimir Putin in Russia today.

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Russian Culture Under Putin and Ukraine’s Historical Memory Laws

23 Apr

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Guests:

Eliot Borenstein, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. He is the author of Overkill: Sex Violence, and Russian Popular Culture after 1991 and blogs about Russia at All the Russias Blog.

John-Paul Himka, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History & Classics at University of Alberta. He is co-editor with Joanna Beata Michlic of Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe. His recent article is “Legislating Historical Truth: Ukraine’s Laws of 9 April 2015” published at Ab Imperio.

Post-Maidan Ukraine and Belarusian Nationalism

9 Apr

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Guests:

Sophie Pinkham, doctoral student in Columbia University’s Slavic department. Her recent articles include “Which Ukraine?” and “Watching the Ukrainian Oligarchs” both published in the New Yorker.

Per Rudling, Associate Professor of the Department of History at Lund University in Sweden and author of The Rise and Fall of Belarusian Nationalism, 1906-1931. His most recent article with Tarik Amar is “What Standards Should Be Applied When Deciding to Accept Funds?” published on the History News Network.

Islam Karimov’s Uzbekistan

3 Apr

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Guest:

Paul Stronski is a senior associate in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, where his research focuses on the relationship between Russia and neighboring countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. He is the author of Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City, 1930-1966 and most recently “Uzbek Elections Preordained, the Real Questions Come Later.”