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  • Dtente and USSoviet Relations 19691985
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    Détente and U.S.-Soviet Relations, 1969-1985

    Author Stephan Kieninger discussed the thawing of Cold War relations between the United States and the Soviet Union from the late 1960s to the late 1970s, and the role played by key…

  • Aides to Opposition Candidates Speak About Putin and Election
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    Review of 2018 Russian Presidential Election

    Senior campaign aides to Alexei Navalny and Ksenia Sobchak, opposition candidates who ran against Russian leader Vladimir Putin in the country’s 2018 presidential election, reflected on…

  • Russian Hacking
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    Russian Hacking

    A Russian investigative reporter talked about his research and upcoming book on Russian hacking and cybersecurity issues.

  • Secretary Tillerson Reaffirms NATO Alliance in Wilson Center Speech
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    Secretary Tillerson on U.S.-European Relations

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the future of U.S. relations with Europe. He said Russia’s cyberattacks, energy policy, and invasion of Ukraine “are not the behaviors of a responsible nation.” In…

  • Russia China and the Third World
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    Russia, China, and the Third World

    Professor Jeremy Friedman talked about his book, Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World. He spoke about Russian and Chinese efforts during the Cold War to dominate…

  • Lev Gudkov Discusses Russian Public Opinion of Vladimir Putin
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    Russian Public Opinion of Vladimir Putin

    Sociologist Lev Gudkov talked about Russian citizens' approval of President Vladimir Putin and how propaganda shapes mass perception. “The 86 Percent: Opinion Polling in Russia” was part of…

  • Discussion on Independent Russian Media
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    Independent Russian Media

    Panelists talked about independent Russian media. Speakers included the publisher and editor of Meduza, an online Russian-language newspaper based in Riga, Latvia. They spoke about the…

  • Discussion on Russian Interventionist Foreign Policy
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    Russian Interventionism

    National Defense University Associate Professor Elena Pokalova talked about the rise of Russia’s interventionist military strategy in its experience combating terrorism in the North Caucasus and and their…

  • emPolitical Insultsem
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    Political Insults

    Karina Korostelina talked about her book Political Insults: How Offenses Escalate Conflict, in which she analyzes cases around the world where minor insults between ethnic groups and…

  • Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on USRussia Relations
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    U.S.- Russia Relations

    Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov talked about U.S.-Russia relations, saying that both nations were at fault for the current strained relations. He said that the Russia-Ukraine conflict,…

  • Book Discussion on emPutins Kleptocracyem
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    Putin's Kleptocracy

    Karen Dawisha talked about her book, Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?, in which she chronicles Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and his ambition to restore the “Greater…

  • Russia Ukraine and Energy Security
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    Russia, Ukraine, and Energy Policy

    Panelists talked about the energy situation in Europe following the crisis in Ukraine. Topics included Russia’s changing relationship with western countries due to increased economic ties,…

  • Key Figures at the End of the Cold War
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    Key Figures at the End of the Cold War

    James Graham Wilson talked about the Cold War, and argued that the actions of four key figures led to its end: Mikhail Gorbachev, Secretary of State George Shultz and Presidents Reagan and…

  • NATO Alliances and European Security
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    NATO Alliances and European Security

    Panelists talked about NATO expansion and alliances, and European security following the end of the Cold War. The panel was made up of former Russian, German, and Polish officials, and topics also included…

  • Secretary Hagel on NATO Expansion
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    Secretary Hagel on NATO Expansion

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talked about NATO expansion and European security following the Cold War. He called on NATO allies to increase their defense spending, saying the U.S. spends three times what…

  • The Fifteenth Anniversary of the End of the Soviet Union
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    The Fifteenth Anniversary of the End of the Soviet Union

    On December 25, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the USSR. The following day, the Supreme Soviet recognized the collapse of the Soviet Union and disbanded itself. Fifteen…

  • emThe Chief Culpritem
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    The Chief Culprit

    Victor Suvorov, author of The Chief Culprit: Stalin’s Grand Design to Start WWII (Naval Institute Press; November 14, 2008), talked about his book. He contends that Stalin intended to use…

  • emOf Spies and Spokesmenem
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    Of Spies and Spokesmen

    Nicholas Daniloff talked about his book, Of Spies and Spokesmen: My Life as a Cold War Correspondent, published by the University of Missouri Press. Of Spies and Spokesmen recounted Mr.…

  • emDiscovering Russiaem
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    Discovering Russia

    Murray Seegar talked about his book, Discovering Russia: 200 Years of American Journalism, published by Authorhouse. He explained how American reporting on Russia has evolved throughout the…

  • Ukraine Elections
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    Ukraine Elections

    Bill Miller, the former ambassador to the Ukraine under President Clinton and a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, talked to students about the presidential election and the role of…

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