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Friday, December 29, 2017

Jessica Merrill Receives Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant

Jessica Merrill (Department of Slavic Languages) has been awarded Columbia University's Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant to fund a workshop on "Approaches to Narrative Emplotment." The Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grants were established in 2015 to provide additional financial support to junior faculty to help complete projects to meet the expectations for tenure.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Columbia Spectator Reviews Opening of Mikhail Karasik Exhibit at Harriman Institute

Gia Kim covers the opening of the Harriman exhibit Mikhakl Karsik: The USSR's Tower of Babel for the Spectator (Nov. 16, 2017):
 
The Harriman Institute, Columbia’s academic center dedicated to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies, celebrated the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 with the prints of Russian artist Mikhail Karasik in a new exhibit that opened this Monday. “Mikhail Karasik: The USSR’s Tower of Babel,” co-sponsored by the Russian American Cultural Center and located in the International Affairs Building, celebrates 20th century Russian history and its legacy.
 
“This project has the interpretation of historical events that helps all of us to understand [that we are] witnesses of this glorious and failed socialism, to see how before our eyes, history became mythology,” art historian Regina Khidekel, founder of the Russian American Cultural Center, said. 
 
You can read Kim's story here
 
Mikhail Karasik died on December 11, 2017, in St. Petersburg. 
Friday, December 15, 2017

Kimberly Marten Discusses "What's Russia Up To?" on BBC Radio 4

Kimberly Marten (Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, and Director of the Harriman Institute's Program on U.S.-Russia Relations) joined a panel of experts on Russia to discuss "What's Russia Up To" on BBC Radio 4's Briefing Room. Host David Aaronovitch moderated a discussion about what the Kremlin is trying to achieve by hacking emails and spreading fake news. we really know about Russian 'meddling' in Western democracy?

David Aaronovitch asks experts on Russia what the Kremlin is trying to achieve by hacking emails and spreading fake news.

What do we really know about Russian 'meddling' in Western democracy?

David Aaronovitch asks experts on Russia what the Kremlin is trying to achieve by hacking emails and spreading fake news. 

Guests include the Gordon Corera, the BBC's Security Correspondent, Kimberly Marten, Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia University, Andrei Soldatov, a Russian investigative journalist and Anna Nemtsova, Moscow correspondent for The Daily Beast.What do we really know about Russian 'meddling' in Western democracy?

David Aaronovitch asks experts on Russia what the Kremlin is trying to achieve by hacking emails and spreading fake news. 

Guests include the Gordon Corera, the BBC's Security Correspondent, Kimberly Marten, Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia University, Andrei Soldatov, a Russian investigative journalist and Anna Nemtsova, Moscow correspondent for Th

What do we really know about Russian 'meddling' in Western democracy?

David Aaronovitch asks experts on Russia what the Kremlin is trying to achieve by hacking emails and spreading fake news. 

Guests include the Gordon Corera, the BBC's Security Correspondent, Kimberly Marten, Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia University, Andrei Soldatov, a Russian investigative journalist and Anna Nemtsova, Moscow correspondent for The Daily Beast.What do we really know about Russian 'meddling' in Western democracy?

David Aaronovitch asks experts on Russia what the Kremlin is trying to achieve by hacking emails and spreading fake news. 

Guests include the Gordon Corera, the BBC's Security Correspondent, Kimberly Marten, Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia University, Andrei Soldatov, a Russian investigative journalist and Anna Nemtsova, Moscow correspondent for The Daily Beast.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Harriman Alumna Ani Kokobobo Publishes "There Is No Moral Relativity in Sexual Harassment" (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Ani Kokobo (Harriman Alumna and Slavic Ph.D. 2011; Asssitant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages, University of Kansas) published an essay, titled "There Is No Moral Relativity in Sexual Harrassment" in the Chronicle of Higher Education (Dec. 15, 2017).  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Rashid Khalidi in The Nation on Trump's Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel in The Nation

Rashid Khalidi (Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies) published a piece in The Nation on the consequences of Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, entitled "After Jerusalem, the U.S. Can No Longer Pretend to Be an Honest Broker of Peace" (Dec. 8, 2017):
 

"Every dark cloud has a silver lining. The torrent of complex problems that Donald Trump has unleashed by his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will plague United States policy and Middle East peace-making for many years. You cannot un-recognize a capital once you have recognized it. Whatever caveats he may offer, Trump has effectively accepted Israel’s annexation of vast swaths of the occupied West Bank into greater Jerusalem, and its declaration of this entire zone as its “eternal undivided capital.”

But in plunging the Middle East into what may be a prolonged crisis, and saddling future generations of American policy-makers with the burden of dealing with the mess he has made, Trump may have inadvertently cleared the air. He may have smashed a rotten status quo of US “peace processing” that has served only to entrench and legitimize Israel’s military occupation and colonization of Palestinian land for a quarter-century, which has made more difficult a just, lasting peace between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

William Taubman's "Gorbachev: His Life and Times" Reviewed in New York Review of Books

In the December 21, 2107, issue of the New York Review of Books, Strobe Talbott reviews alumnus William Taubman's  "Gorbachev: His Life and Times" (Norton, 2017), calling it a "masterpiece of narrative scholarship." Taubman (Russian Institute '65; Ph.D. '69) is Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, at Amherst College. His biography of Nikita Khrushchev (Norton, 2004) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, among other distinguised awards.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Expert Opinions, Episode 4: Examining Trump's Batumi Deal

In 2011, Donald Trump and Georgia’s then president, Mikheil Saakashvili, signed an agreement to build a Trump Tower in the Georgian port city, Batumi. Saakashvili exerted considerable effort to promote the tower, bringing Trump to Georgia in 2012 for a PR tour and lavish ceremony. But when Trump was elected president in 2016, the tower still hadn’t been built. Then, shortly before his inauguration, Trump abruptly pulled out of the deal.

In this episode of our podcast on Eurasianet, Masha Udensiva-Brenner tells the story of two Columbia Journalism grads, Manuela Andreoni and Inti Pacheco, who, after becoming suspicious of the deal, spent months digging into documents, news clips, and public records to figure out what happened. Soon they told journalist Adam Davidson about their findings and convinced him to join the investigation. He went on to write “Trump’s Business of Corruption,” an article about the deal published in The New Yorker in August 2017.

This episode is the second in a three-part series that examines real estate and offshore financial activities connected with the post-Soviet region. In part one of the series Udensiva-Brenner spoke to Alexander Cooley about why luxury real estate deals are so susceptible to money laundering operations. Stay tuned for part three, where she interviews New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson.

 
Manuela Andreoni is a reporting fellow at Columbia Journalism Investigations. She completed her master's degree with Columbia's Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. Her work has been published in London's Sunday Times, Brazil's O Globo, investigative journalism nonprofit Agência Pública and Canada’s Globe and Mail, among others. In 2016, a BBC Panorama documentary she worked on won London's Foreign Press Association award for Sports Story of the Year. 
 
Inti Pacheco has worked for Agencia EFE and La Nación in Costa Rica and in El Periódico in Spain. He graduated from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in 2017. From May 2017 to November 2017 he worked as a reporting fellow at Columbia Journalism Investigations. He is currently a Data Fellow at Univision in Miami.
 

*Illustration by Sofo Kirtadze

 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Liza Knapp Receives Honorable Mention from MLA for Her Book "Anna Karenina and Others"

The Modern Language Association has announced the winners of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Liza Knapp (Professor of Slavic Languages) received honorable mention for her book Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy's Labyrinth of Plots, published by University of Wisconsin Press. 

The committee's citation reads: 

The closely argued chapters of Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy's Labyrinth of Plots can each be read separately, but their cumulative effect is the articulation of a complex argument about Tolstoy’s labyrinth of plots. Starting with seemingly plot-based questions such as “What does Anna's life and death have to do with Dolly's or Levin's,” Liza Knapp moves quickly to larger questions such as “ Who is my neighbor?” Knapp's knowledge of the Bible, of world literature, and of philosophy and the history of science consistently informs her analysis of Gogol, Hawthorne, George Eliot, Pascal, and especially Woolf in addition to her sustained focus on Tolstoy and Anna Karenina.   

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Harriman Magazine: Fall 2017

In the Fall 2017 issue of Harriman Magazine, we travel back to the 1990s, to Russia’s first conflict with Chechnya in an in-depth interview with journalist and Senior Carnegie Fellow Thomas de Waal about his first book, Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus, the audio interviews for which have recently been deposited, along with transcripts, in the Rare Books and Manuscript Collections of Columbia University Libraries. Also in this issue, we have a piece from our postdoctoral research scholar in Russian politics, Yana Gorokhovskaia, about the upcoming presidential elections in Russia; profiles of the political scientist Kimberly Marten, our alum Matthew Schaaf, who currently directs Freedom House’s Ukraine office, and the Russian graphic journalist Victoria Lomasko; as well as an essay about Alexander Cooley's latest book, Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia. You can pick up a copy of the new issue in our office or view the PDF here.

Contents
 
Alexander Cooley
 
Yana Gorokhovskaia
 
 Ronald Meyer
 
Masha Udensiva-Brenner 
 
Ronald Meyer 
 
Masha Udensiva-Brenner
 
 Bela Shayevich
 
 
 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Kimberly Marten in the New Republic

Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College; Director, Harriman Institute Program on U.S.-Russia Relations, was supposed to work for the U.S. government as a Council on Foreign Relations fellow this year. Though she was offered a position from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, to help advise on negotiations with Russia in the U.N. Security Council, and passed her security clearance in May, the offer was withdrawn in August because the "front office" at the State Department would not sign off on it. Marten offers her policy prescription for digital détente with Russia in the New Republic

Marten also weighed in on BuzzFeed after secret talks with Russia to prevent election meddling collapsed.