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23 Jul 2017

The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

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The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington promotes in-depth interdisciplinary study of all major post-communist subregions - Eastern and Central Europe, the Baltic region, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and Russia - in order to understand the legacies of the imperial and communist past as well as to analyze the emerging institutions and identities that will shape Eurasia's future. We share audio of interesting and relevant events hosted by our Center.

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    Lifflander | What's Old is New: The End of the Last Cold War and the Start of a New One (5.25.2017)

    Justin Lifflander moved to Moscow in the fall of 1987 with a degree in Soviet Studies and a desire to become a US intelligence officer. Things didn’t work out as he planned. He tells the story of the warming relations between the super powers – first from the perspective of an embassy driver, then as a missile inspector in the provincial town of Votkinsk. Thirty years later – still in Russia – career and family have given him a broad set of experiences that provide for a unique view of Russia’s relations with the rest of the world. After his weapons inspector role, Lifflander worked as an executive for Hewlett-Packard Russia for twenty years. He then served as the business editor for the Moscow Times from 2010 to 2014 and authored several articles about Russian-American relations.

  • Posted on 01 Jun 2017

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    Russian Human Rights Lawyer Sergey Golubok | Global Mondays Lecture Series (05.12.2017)

    Sergey Golubok is an attorney based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since 2011, he has been representing parties in cases heard before the Russian courts, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court, and before courts in Belarus, European Court of Human Rights, Committee against Torture, and Human Rights Committee. In addition to representing applicants in the proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights, he also acts for the authors of communications lodged against various States (including Russia, Belarus, and Sri Lanka) with the UN human rights treaty bodies, such as the Human Rights Committee and the Committee against Torture, as well as the special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council. Dr. Golubok writes extensively on topical issues of international human rights law and international criminal law in both English and Russian and comments on legal issues of public significance for leading Russian periodicals and TV channels.

  • Posted on 23 May 2017

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    Robert Bedeski | Roots of the Mongol State: Genghis Khan's Survival and Pragmatism (5.18.2017)

    Robert Bedeski, Affiliate Professor at the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, draws lessons from the life of Genghis Khan that provide insight into how states and societies form. In this lecture, Dr. Bedeski talks about his research and discusses what "The Secret History of the Mongols" can tell us about life and security today. Dr. Bedeski's new book, "Genghis Khan – Sustaining Existence" is available to read via the UW ResearchWorks Archive, located here: https://digital.lib.washington.edu/researchworks/handle/1773/38457 Dr. Bedeski is an Adjunct and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria and an Affiliate Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies.

  • Posted on 22 May 2017

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    Scott Radnitz | Trump and Russia: Putin the Pieces Together (5.3.2017)

    The presidency of Donald Trump has vast implications for international affairs and even the internal politics of other countries — it could lead to geopolitical realignments on a global scale. In response, the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington has launched a class on “Trump in the World: International Implications of the Trump Presidency.” This lecture by Scott Radnitz focuses on Russia. Scott Radnitz is Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington.

  • Posted on 09 May 2017

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    William Brumfield | Architecture of the Russian North and Digital Collection Launch (5.6.2017)

    Dr. William Craft Brumfield introduces the William Brumfield Russian Architecture Digital Collection, an online resource available through the UW Library featuring over 29,000 images of Russian sites, mostly buildings constructed from the Middle Ages and the present. To access the William Brumfield Russian Architecture Digital Collection, please visit the following URL: http://content.lib.washington.edu/brumfieldweb/index.html Dr. Brumfield also discusses "Architecture at the End of the Earth," an exhibition of his photographs from the Russian north at the University of Washington. Following Dr. Brumfield, University of Washington professors Christopher Campbell, Elena Campbell, Ivan Drpić, and Ellen Hurst provide remarks about Russian architecture and heritage. Brumfield's exhibit and the event at the University of Washington was recently featured in Russia Beyond the Headlines. To read the article, click here: https://www.rbth.com/special_projects/discovering_russia_1/2017/05/12/russian-architecture-at-the-end-of-the-earth-draws-american-audience_761744 To access the William Brumfield Russian Architecture Digital Collection, please visit the following URL: http://content.lib.washington.edu/brumfieldweb/index.html A professor of Russian literature at Tulane University in New Orleans, William Brumfield is the author of over forty books and hundreds of articles on Russian architectural history and is widely recognized as North America’s foremost expert on the subject.

  • Posted on 08 May 2017

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