EVENT VIDEO: The Imitation Imperative: Making Sense of the Crisis of Black Sea Europe

Friday, September 23, 2016
1512 International Affairs Building (420 West 118th St, 15th Floor)

Please note that this event will now be held in room 1512 IAB (originally 1501 IAB).

Please join Columbia’s new global initiative, Black Sea Networks, for its inaugural event, a lecture with Ivan Krastev. This event is brought to you by the Columbia Slavic Department, the Harriman Institute, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

America and Europe created the post-1989 world, yet today they have begun to fear and even hate it. As we look back at the turbulent decades since 1989, we are astounded by the speed with which yesterday’s euphoric victory has turned into today’s anxiety and distress. Explaining why and how this change occurred in different parts of the wider Black Sea region (Russia, Turkey, Eastern Europe) is the principal ambition of this lecture.

Ivan Krastev is one of the most visible public intellectuals in Europe today and an expert on Eastern European democracy. The Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria, he is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group (2016-2018). His books in English include Democracy Disrupted: The Politics of Global Protest (U Penn Press, 2014), In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders? (TED Books, 2013), The Anti-American Century (CEU Press, 2007), and Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption (CEU Press, 2004). Krastev is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He is currently working, in collaboration with Stephen Holmes, on a book on Russian politics.  

The Black Sea Networks—the recipient of the President’s Global Innovation Fund grant for 2016-2018—is a new teaching, learning, and research initiative at Columbia University. Housed in Columbia’s Slavic Department and led by Professor Valentina Izmirlieva, the project aims to re-conceptualize existing multidisciplinary programs and initiatives within a larger Black Sea framework and to encourage undergraduate and graduate education in Black Sea Studies. Truly global in its scope, the initiative is developed by an international team of scholars in partnership with Yale University, NYU, Cambridge University, and Columbia’s Global Centers in Istanbul and Paris, and boasts the support of the Harriman Institute, the American Councils for International Education (Washington D.C.), the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University, and a vast network of institutions across the Black Sea region.

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