Stephen Sestanovich Weighs In: "Trump Declines to Add Sanctions Against Russians, Contradicting Haley"
Stephen Sestanovich, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy, weighs in on President Trump's decision to reject the sanctions imposed on Russian companies found to be assisting Syria’s chemical weapons program, in contradiction to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. “Trump seems to think that if he accepts what his advisers recommend on even days of the month and rejects their recommendations on odd days, the result will be a strategy,” Sestanovich told the New York Times on April 16, 2018.
Alumni Profile: Anita Demkiv (MARS-REERS '04)
Excerpt about her time at the Harriman Institute:
What lessons from graduate school have you found useful in your professional life?
Perhaps the fine art of skimming texts, because of the copious amounts of reading that was needed for every class—and that I continue to need to do. More seriously, I learned to push myself and be energized by competition. The academically rigorous courses were complemented by incredibly smart classmates who inspired me to be my best.
What skill has unexpectedly helped you in your career?
Coming from a social science academic background, I didn't realize how much I would need to hone my quantitative skills. I still have room for improvement, but gaining comfort with spreadsheets and numbers is nowadays an indispensable skill in any discipline and has proved useful for me.
What is your favorite memory from your graduate years?
While I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, I talked to my students about Professor Jeffrey Sachs and his work. A few years later, after I became a Columbia student, it was a thrill to chat briefly with him at a reception after a talk he gave. He's like a rock star to me!
Kimberly Marten on PBS Newshour with Hari Sreenivasan
Keith Gessen Publishes Story in the New Yorker
Timothy Frye Featured Guest on NPR's Marketplace
Frajlich Gives Interview to Dzień Dobry TVN on the 1968 Exile of Jews from Poland
Anna Frajlich (Senior Lecturer in Polish, Emerita) gave an interview to Dzień Dobry TVN about the March 1968 emigration of Jews from Poland. Frajlich and her family left Poland 50 years ago as part of the Jewish exile, and settled in New York City. The interview was given in Warsaw in March 2018, while Frajlich was in Poland to promote 4 new publications and take part in commemorations of the traumatic events of 1968. (The interview is the second piece on this link.)
Student Spotlight: Sophie Pinkham (Ph.D. Candidate in Slavic Languages; MARS-REERS '12)
What drew you to your field?
I became interested in Russian literature in high school, and began studying Russian in college. After I graduated, I went on an exchange program to work at the Red Cross in Siberia. I became fascinated by the subject of public health in the former Soviet Union, and worked in that field for several years. Eventually, I returned to my first love—literature—and entered the PhD program at Columbia.
How would you explain your current research to someone outside of your field?
I am researching the use of Russia's greatest cultural hero, the writer Alexander Pushkin, in evolving ideas of Russian national identity during the transition from communism. I am particularly interested in how a cultural hero can be used as a kind of bridge to reduce the sense of trauma and loss associated with major political and historical ruptures.
What is your favorite thing about being a student at Columbia GSAS?
The libraries. It gives me endless delight to know that I have access to almost any book on any topic in any language. I love to fall down research rabbit holes.
Thomas Kitson Receives Read Russia Prize Special Mention
Thomas Kitson (Harriman Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-11) received special mention for his translation of Iliazd's Rapture from the 2018 Read Russia Prize jury. Kitson's translation was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. The award ceremony will take place during the London Book Fair, on April 11.
European Western Balkans Interviews Tanya Domi
European Western Balkans published an interview with Tanya Domi (SIPA) on April 3, 2018. Topics covered include U.S. foreign policy toward the Balkans after Tillerson, media freedom, the role of Russia, and security challenges.
Garafola Authors Website for the Columbia Exhibition "Arthur Mitchell: Harlem's Ballet Trailblazer"
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