The Ellison Center at the University of WashingtonAuthor: The Ellison Center at the University of Washington
22 Jan 2017

The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

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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    Trump and the World | A Roundtable with UW Jackson School Faculty

    During his campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump made trenchant remarks regarding US allies, the NATO pact, relations with Russia and China and his views on U.S. immigration policies. Faculty at the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies at the University of Washington held a roundtable to discuss the implications of a Trump presidency on China, Russia, European Union, the Middle East and refugees and immigrants in the US. Featured panelists: Scott Radnitz, Associate Professor and Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies with a focus on the post-Soviet region, authoritarianism and protests. Sabine Lang, Associate Professor of International Studies and Director of the Center for West European Studies with a research focus on on transnational advocacy and multilevel governance in the European Union. Kathie Friedman, Associate Professor of International Studies and an expert on forced migration and refugees. Joel Migdal (via Skype), Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies and an expert in Middle East politics, states and societies. He is currently on sabbatical in Israel. David Bachman, Henry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies and an expert on China and US-China relations. NOTE: Due technical difficulties, portions of Dr. David Bachman's responses were inaudible and thus have been cut from this podcast. His remarks as recorded will are available on the Jackson School's YouTube account here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKdU6FiYRLY&feature=youtu.be

  • Posted on 01 Dec 2016

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    Carol J. Williams | Trump, Putin, and Russia: What's That All About? (11.1.2016)

    Donald Trump has broken with the Republican Party line in his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, promoting good relations with Russia, and criticizing NATO. What's more, Putin has spoken warmly of Trump, and Russia is accused of hacking emails that are then leaked to help Trump's presidential campaign. A week before the election, former LA Times Moscow Bureau Chief Carol J. Williams addressed the intrigue involving Trump, Putin, and Russia at a discussion moderated by Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz. Williams is former senior international writer for the Los Angeles Times and has won five Overseas Press Club awards, two Sigma Delta Chi citations, and was a 1993 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.

  • Posted on 02 Nov 2016

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    Daniel Newman | The Holocaust in the Soviet Union (10.13.16)

    Dr. Daniel Newman discusses the experience of Holocaust victims in the Soviet Union and addresses the ways the tragedy is remembered in countries of the former USSR. Remembrance of the millions of Jews who were murdered proved a contentious political issue during the decades of Soviet rule and remains so today. Dr. Newman is the Program Manager of the Initiative for the Study of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union at the United States Holocaust Museum's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, DC.

  • Posted on 27 Oct 2016

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    Mykola Riabchuk | New Bonds and Old Cleavages in Post-Maidan Ukrainian Society (10.11.2016)

    The undeclared Russo-Ukrainian war has substantially changed the political views and geopolitical orientations of many Ukrainians. It has also caused a shift in identities and value systems. Mykola Riabchuk, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Political and Nationalities Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, discussed how political attitudes have shifted since the 2013-2014 Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine.

  • Posted on 18 Oct 2016

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    Ambassador Nicholas Burns | Memo to the Next President (10.5.16)

    Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and current U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board Member Nicholas Burn spoke recently on the challenges and opportunities for US foreign policy during a visit to the University of Washington. Burns, who previously also served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, discussed the conflict in Syria, the global refugee crisis, US-China relations, climate change, and Russian foreign policy.

  • Posted on 11 Oct 2016

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