The post-Soviet era has seen many phases and turns, from post-Cold War triumphalism and the onset of the “transition,” to the return of the post-Communist states to Europe, and attempts to come to terms with post-Socialism and the onset of Communist-era nostalgia. The rise of a more assertive Russia, the conflict in Ukraine, and the current deepening crisis in Russian-Western relations has further added to uncertainty about the future and generated competing narratives about the meaning and stability of the so-called post-Cold War order and the challenges associated with statehood and community-building.
To reflect on these developments, we have launched a 70th anniversary seminar series that brings together a number of distinguished members of the Harriman community—faculty, alumni and close friends. The series will focus on key issues in the emerging “post-post” Cold War period, the state of the region, the growing range of experiences encapsulated in the post-Communist world, and our scholarly approaches to their evolution.
What are the similarities and differences between the current crisis in Russian-Western relations and the Cold War rivalry of the past? How has our scholarly understanding of the dynamics driving the region changed over the so-called post-Communist period? And how has our own understanding of Russia and Eurasia been shaped by new transnational communities and important changes within the university, think tanks, and the policy world itself?
Series Events (please come back for updates):
Sep 13: Return to Cold War: A Book Talk with Robert Legvold (Video available)
Sep 15: From Cold War to Civilizational Conflict: On Learning, Relearning, and Unlearning, Mark von Hagen (video available)