Roundtable Discussion: Legacies of the Chechen Wars and the Russian State

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
607B Pulitzer Hall (Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway at 116th St)

Please join us for a roundtable discussion devoted to the legacies of the Chechen Wars and their significance for the Chechen and Russian societies and international law. The roundtable participants will include Mark Kramer, Program Director of the Project on Cold War Studies at the Davis Center at Harvard University, Matthew Evangelista, President White Professor of History and Political Science at Cornell University, and Satsita Israilova, Director of the National Library of the Chechen Republic. Kimberly Marten will moderate the discussion. 

This event is part of the Harriman at 70 Lecture Series.



Mark Kramer, Harvard, “Public Sentiment about the Future Status of Chechnya:  The Impact of the Two Wars on Chechens and Russians”

Matthew Evangelista, Cornell, "Did the Chechen Wars Change International Law?"  

Satsita Israilova, Chechen National Library, “How the Chechen Conflict Changed the Chechen Society”


Kimberly Marten, Harriman Institute; Barnard College


Mark Kramer is Director of Cold War Studies at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.  Originally trained in mathematics at Stanford University and Harvard, he went on to study International Relations as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and an Academy Scholar in Harvard's Academy of International Studies.  His latest books are Imposing, Maintaining, and Tearing Open the Iron Curtain:  The Cold War and East-Central Europe, 1941-1990 (2014), Reassessing History on Two Continents (2013), The Kremlin and the East European Revolutions, 1989 (2014), and Moscow and German Reunification, 1989-1990 (2015).  He is the author of a forthcoming book on the Russian-Chechen wars, and he is the editor of three forthcoming volumes titled The Fate of Communist Regimes, 1989-1991.

Matthew Evangelista is President White Professor of History and Political Science in the Department of Government at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, and director of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.  His current research interests include international humanitarian law, separatist movements, and gender and conflict.  He is the author of five books, including The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union? and Gender, Nationalism, and War: Conflict on the Movie Screen.

Satsita Israilova is Director of the National Library of the Chechen Republic and a member of Civil Society Chamber of the Republic. She specializes in the oral history of pre-war Grozny, the Chechen wars, and Chechen intelligentsia. Israilova preserved a part of the National Library's collection in the basement of her own house during two Chechen wars (1994-1996 and 1999-2000). The National Library was the only open public space in the ruins of Grozny for almost two years after the second war.