Yana Gorokhovskaia: "Russia’s Election: Assured Victory, Protests, and Apathy"
Tarik Cyril Amar Discusses Russia with Paste Magazine
Yana Gorokhovskaia Publishes PONARS Policy Memo on Municipal Politics in Moscow
Will Persing (MARS-REERS '18) Writes on "Uzbekistan & Tajikistan: Catalysts for a Regional Water Solution?" for Eurasianet
Will Persing (MARS-REERS '18) is the author of "Uzbekistan & Tajikistan: Catalysts for a Regional Water Solution?" published on Eurasianet (Jan. 23, 2018).
Photo: Construction began at the Rogun Dam in southern Tajikistan on October 29, 2016. While the dam remains a top priority for Tajikistan, the Uzbek government only recently has softened its position on the issue. (Photo by Tajikistan Presidential Press Service)
FACULTY SPOTLIGHT. Kimberly Marten in Profile: Deciphering Russia and the West
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The New Yorker Reviews Mark Mazower's "What You Did Not Tell"
Kimberly Marten Publishes PONARS Policy Memo on "Explaining Russia's Schizophrenic Policy toward the United States"
(PONARS Policy Memo) The weaknesses and inconsistencies of Russia’s recent actions toward the United States need to be explained. President Vladimir Putin is often seen as a foreign policy wizard, leading Russia to a string of successes and heightened international influence. But Moscow’s interactions with Washington are actually puzzling.
Using information drawn from press and other publicly available sources, this memo will examine four explanations for the situation: (1) Putin’s own psychological makeup and biases; (2) the unwillingness of knowledgeable advisors to stand up to Putin; (3) infighting among Putin’s advisors; and (4) the possibility that intelligence officers in Russia are acting on their own authority, without real state coordination. These explanations are not mutually exclusive, and we lack evidence to know which might be definitive. But the exercise is useful for thinking about the future trajectory of the Putin government and its foreign policy choices, suggesting that Putin may not be the only figure who matters going forward.
The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology
Mark Andryczyk (Associate Research Scholar, Ukrainian Studies Program) is the editor of The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology, published by Academic Studies Press. The book's publication commemorates the tenth year of the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series. Co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the series has organized readings in the U.S. for Ukraine’s leading writers since 2008. The anthology presents translations of literary works by series guests that imaginatively engage pivotal issues in today’s Ukraine and express its tribulations and jubilations. Featuring poetry, fiction, and essays by fifteen Ukrainian writers, the anthology offers English-language readers a wide array of the most beguiling literature written in Ukraine in the past fifty years.
Andres Fernandez Publishes "The Real Future of Green Energy in Kazakhstan" in The Diplomat
Andres Fernandez (MARS-REEERS) published an article on "The Real Future of Green Energy in Kazakhstan" in The Diplomat (Jan. 12, 2018). Fernandez conducted research in the region during summer 2017 as a Padma Desai Fellow.
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Harriman Awards Russian Studies Research Grants
The Harriman Institute is pleased to announce the recipients of its latest round of Russian Studies Research Grants. The Harriman Russian Studies Research Grant competition, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, supports research projects in the social sciences involving the study of Russia and spans the social sciences broadly defined.
Alexander Karp, Professor of Mathematics Education at Teacher’s College, will study the Russian national sub-commission of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction and its members and contributors (the key figures in Russian mathematics education at the beginning of the twentieth century). The goal of the project is to collect more information about these leading figures and to prepare a modern edition of the sub-commission's materials.
Anupama Rao, Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, will lead a workshop entitled, “The Minority Question in the Short Twentieth Century.” This workshop is the prelude to the publication of an edited volume on the global effects of the Russian Revolution (and the formation of the Soviet Union) and will focus on debates about minority rights.
Georgiy Syunyaev, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University, will lead a project entitled, “Controlled Confusion: Manipulation of Public Attribution of Responsibilities in Decentralized Autocracies.”