This Week

Monday, March 23, 2020 to Friday, May 15, 2020
Harriman Institute Atrium, 12th Floor International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

We regret that this exhibit has been postponed.

The Harriman Institute and Novyi Zhurnal (The New Review) present an exhibit of photographs by the late journalist, cinematographer, and photographer Kirill Radchenko. The exhibit is organized in cooperation with PEN Moscow and its director Nadezhda Azhgikhina.

Radchenko was only at the beginning of his career as a conflict journalist when he and two colleagues—filmmaker Alexander Rastorguev and journalist Orkhan Djemal—were killed by an unidentified armed gang in a car ambush in the Central African Republic on July 30, 2018. They were making a documentary about the Wagner Group, a Russian private military company that operates as an unofficial unit of the Russian Ministry of Defense and has taken part in conflicts ranging from the war in Syria to Donbass and the Chechen Republic. The film was sponsored by the Investigation Control Center (a project funded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky).

Kirill Radchenko (1985-2018) was born in Moscow. Upon graduating from the College of Arts #59, he held positions at the Moscow Museum of Cinema, the Union of Journalists, and Mossovet, and also worked with the Troppiere Group and GA Studio. The year 2016 marked a turning point in his career, when he began working with the Abkhazian Network News Agency, better known as the Anna News Agency, specializing in reporting from conflict zones. Radchenko made several video reports from Syria and Donbass. In 2018 Radchenko joined a group of election observers on their way to Chechnya, which had been organized by opposition leader Alexey Navalny. It was on this trip that he met film director Alexander Rastorguev, who invited Radchenko to join his new documentary film project, Electing Russia (2018). Their next film project was a documentary about the Wagner Group.

Monday, March 30, 2020
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

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Please join us for a talk by Darryl B. Hill, Professor at the College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

The historical record of the famous Russian physiologist Ivan P. Pavlov is filled with errors. Controversies center on arguments about his American visit, avoidance of his controversial support of research on children, the inaccurate portrayal of his research in American psychology textbooks, and most confounding, the omission of his women collaborators. This talk reviews the mistaken representations of Pavlov, offers a multifaceted theory as to why they occur, and derives lessons for a new global history.



Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Harriman Institute Atrium, 12th Floor International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

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Please join us for a reading of poetry and prose by Sergey Gandlevsky, followed by a Q&A session. The reading will be in Russian with no translation in English.

Sergey Gandlevsky is one of the most important living Russian poets. A participant in the underground literary scene before perestroika and member of the Moscow Time literary group, Gandlevsky started publishing only in the late 1980s. He has won numerous prizes, including the Little Booker (best prose debut) for his "autobiographical novella” Trepanation of the Skull (1996, English translation by Susanne Fusso). His novel Illegible (2002, recently translated into English by Susanne Fusso) was short-listed for the Russian Booker Prize. In 2010, Gandlevsky received the Russian national Poet prize, the most important prize for poetry in Russia. Gandlevsky’s poems have been translated into English and many other languages. He lives in Moscow.

Photos of Sergey Gandlevsky by Kristina Kolesnikov

Thursday, April 2, 2020
12:00pm EST
Facebook Live Stream

This event will be held virtually and streamed on the Harriman Institute's Facebook page via Facebook Live. There will be no in-person event.

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Please join the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at the Harriman Institute for a panel discussion about Russian information operations in East Europe.

The East European nations formerly controlled by the Soviet Union remain the targets of intense Russian information operations, aimed at undermining their relationships with the EU and painting a nostalgic, positive picture of their Soviet past. In many cases, Russian information operators also make common cause with native illiberal forces in these countries, such as anti-immigration activists. Three specialists will discuss the nature of Russian information efforts and the most effective ways to respond to them.


Thomas Kent, Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University; former president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; former editor at The Associated Press

Corina Rebegea, Fellow-in-Residence at the Center for European Policy Analysis, Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey Simon Willard, Director of Global Engagement, FDR Foundation, Harvard University

Friday, April 3, 2020
5:00pm - 7:00pm
607B Pulitzer Hall, Columbia Journalism School (2950 Broadway at 116th St; enter through campus on south side of building)

We regret that this event has been canceled.

Please join the Harriman Institute and Freedom House for a two-panel session bringing together leading scholars of transnational repression and authoritarian diaspora management to examine emerging tools and tactics of transnational repression, and to discuss illustrative case studies in comparative perspective.

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Transnational repression—the application of violence, threats, and intimidation against exiles and diasporas abroad—is a widespread phenomenon. Syria, Iran, and China have long spent considerable resources on efforts to control their citizenry abroad through surveillance, harassment, and targeted violence. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, these practices have also become common for its successor states in Eurasia. A number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea, have executed far-reaching campaigns. And Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt are all notable for recent transnational repression campaigns against their citizens around the world.

Transnational repression is a field of growing interest for scholars, activists, and policymakers because it changes the ways in which activists mobilize, and affects the ability of authoritarian regimes to weather threats to their continued rule. It also constrains the rights of refugees and members of diasporas, and shapes how they participate in and integrate with their host societies.


Panel 1: Evolving Tools & Tactics

Moderator: Nate SchenkkanDirector for Special Research, Freedom House

Marcus Michaelsen, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dana Moss, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Gerasimos Tsourapas, Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics, School of Government, University of Birmingham; 2019-2020 Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Edward Lemon, Assistant Professor of Eurasian Studies, Daniel Morgan Graduate School, Washington DC

Panel 2: Case Studies & Comparisons

Moderator: Alexander CooleyDirector, Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Sub-Saharan Africa
Isabel Linzer, Research Associate, Freedom House

Gillian KennedyLeverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Southampton

Nate SchenkkanDirector for Special Research, Freedom House


This event is open to the public and on the record. Registration is required to attend. By attending, you consent to appearing in any photos or videos produced by the event organizer or affiliated third parties. No personal recordings are allowed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us in advance by emailing Carly Jackson,

Monday, April 6, 2020
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

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Please join the East Central European Center at the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Kris Van Heuckelom, Professor of Polish Studies and Cultural Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium.

Kris Van Heuckelom will explore the representation of international migration in European cinema of the past 100 years, using Polish migration as a key example due to its long-standing cultural resonance across the continent (and beyond). He will also highlight the similarities and differences between European and American approaches to the subject.

Kris Van Heuckelom is Professor of Polish Studies and Cultural Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium. He specialises in late modern Polish culture, with a particular focus on comparative and transnational perspectives, and has published several books, in addition to editing volumes and anthologies in these domains. His most recent book project is Polish MIgrants in European Film, 1918-2017, published in 2019 by Palgrave in their Film and Media Studies series.