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The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

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The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

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.

Latest Episodes

Evgeniya Chirikova | Russian Grassroots Activism for the Environment and Beyond

Prominent Russian environmental activist Evgeniya Chirikova (who begins speaking at minute 6:30) discusses recent environmental and political protests in Russia and the awakening of civil society both in Moscow and elsewhere in the country. This talk took place on October 21, 2019 at the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies with the generous support of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

92 MIN2019 NOV 14
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Evgeniya Chirikova | Russian Grassroots Activism for the Environment and Beyond

William Pomeranz | Law and the Russian State: Russia’s Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Putin

Kennan Institute Deputy Director William Pomeranz is interviewed by Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz at the 2019 REECAS Northwest Conference (ASEEES) about his book "Law and the Russian State: Russia’s Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Putin." From the publisher: "Russia is often portrayed as a regressive, even lawless country, and yet the Russian state has played a major role in shaping and experimenting with law as an instrument of power. In Law and the Russian State, William E. Pomeranz examines Russia's legal evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin, addressing the continuities and disruptions of Russian law during the imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet. The book covers key themes, including: * Law and empire * Law and modernization * The politicization of law * The role of intellectuals and dissidents in mobilizing the law * The evolution of Russian legal institutions * The struggle for human rights * The rule-of-law * The quest to establish the law-based sta...

82 MIN2019 OCT 1
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William Pomeranz | Law and the Russian State: Russia’s Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Putin

Timothy Snyder | On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century (4.26.2018)

Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University, a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. His book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (Tim Duggan Books; February 28, 2017), has resonated with a world-wide audience. On Tyranny has been published in over a dozen countries and is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. His latest book is The Road to Unfreedom (Tim Duggan, April 2018). A frequent guest at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, he has spent about ten years in Europe, and speaks five and reads ten European languages. He is a regular commentator on radio, TV and in print publications, and an award-winning author of books such as Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a Br...

56 MIN2018 MAY 15
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Timothy Snyder | On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century (4.26.2018)

Lauren McCarthy | Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Enforce New Laws (4.16.2018)

Lauren McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at UMass, Amherst. In response to a growing human trafficking problem and domestic and international pressure, human trafficking and the use of slave labor were criminalized in Russia in 2003. In this talk, Lauren McCarthy explains why Russian police, prosecutors, and judges have largely ignored this new weapon in their legal arsenal, despite the fact that the law was intended to make it easier to pursue trafficking cases. Based on her extensive research in Russia, she shows how trafficking cases make their way through the criminal justice system and explains why the system has had a difficult time combating this crime.

28 MIN2018 MAY 2
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Lauren McCarthy | Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Enforce New Laws (4.16.2018)

Serhii Plokhy | Harvard historian on Lost Kingdom: Ukraine & the Search for Russian Borders 3.2.18

Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. His research interests are in the intellectual, cultural and international history of Ukraine and Eastern Europe in general. His numerous books and other scholarly work deal with history of religion, origins of Slavic nations, history of the Cold War era and collapse of the Soviet Union, and were translated into several languages and won numerous awards. Publisher's abstract from the book Lost Kingdom: In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimea, attempting to seize a portion of Ukraine. While the world watched in outrage, this blatant violation of national sovereignty was only the latest iteration of a centuries-long effort to expand Russian boundaries and create a pan-Russian nation. In Lost Kingdom, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy reveals the central role Ukraine plays in Russia’s identity, both as an “other” to distinguish Russia, an...

79 MIN2018 MAR 28
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Serhii Plokhy | Harvard historian on Lost Kingdom: Ukraine & the Search for Russian Borders 3.2.18

Baltic Ambassadors | Celebrating 100 Years of Baltic Independence (3.2.2018)

"Looking Back, Looking Forward" In celebration of 100 years of Independence in the Baltic States, the Scandinavian Studies Department and the Baltic Studies Program at the University of Washington hosted lectures from: Lauri Lepik, Ambassador of Estonia to the USA Andris Teikmanis, Ambassador of Latvia to the USA Evelina Petrone, Political Officer at the Embassy of Lithuania to the USA

114 MIN2018 MAR 17
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Baltic Ambassadors | Celebrating 100 Years of Baltic Independence (3.2.2018)

Kennan Institute Director Matthew Rojansky | U.S.-Russia Conflict: The New Normal? (2.27.2018)

Matthew Rojansky is Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. He is an expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, and has advised governments, intergovernmental organizations, and major private actors on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region. Dangerously dysfunctional relations between Washington and Moscow have been blamed by the press, pundits and politicians on the failure of U.S. policymakers to properly “read” Vladimir Putin and thus to predict the Kremlin’s supposedly strategic foreign policy agenda. However, rather than attempting to predict Putin’s next move or to de-code the meaning behind personnel shuffles at the Kremlin, policymakers and the analysts who support them would do better to pay more attention to Russia in a much broader sense. From the incompatibility of the “European Project” with the worldview of the country’s ruling ...

76 MIN2018 MAR 8
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Kennan Institute Director Matthew Rojansky | U.S.-Russia Conflict: The New Normal? (2.27.2018)

Gerard Toal | Critical Geopolitics of Russia's Invasions of Georgia & Ukraine (3.5.2018)

Dr. Gerard Toal (Gearóid Ó Tuathail)discusses the current geopolitical antagonism between NATO and Russia. He uses a series of critical geopolitical concepts: geopolitical field, geopolitical culture & geopolitical condition. In doing so, reviews the histories of Russia's invasions of Georgia and Ukraine. Gerard Toal is a Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. He has a Ph. D. in Political Geography from Syracuse University and is an author on over 75 journal articles and 23 book chapters on territorial conflicts, US foreign policy, de facto states, popular culture, media and critical geopolitics. His latest book is Near Abroad: Putin, the West and the Contest for Ukraine and the Caucasus (Oxford University Press, 2017), which is a study of two Russian invasions of neighboring states, Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014, and the circumstances surrounding these events, including US involvement in both states. His latest NSF research grant will ...

76 MIN2018 MAR 7
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Gerard Toal | Critical Geopolitics of Russia's Invasions of Georgia & Ukraine (3.5.2018)

Monica Filimon | Director Cristi Puiu and Romanian New Cinema (11.16.2017)

Monica Filimon discusses her new book Cristi Puiu (University of Illinois Press 2017) and the beginnings of New Romanian cinema with a specific focus on the works of director Cristi Puiu and his black comedy The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Monica Filimon is a New York-based film critic and has published various articles, interviews, and reviews in the Cineaste Magazine as well as in many other peer-reviewed journals and anthologies. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

62 MIN2018 JAN 31
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Monica Filimon | Director Cristi Puiu and Romanian New Cinema (11.16.2017)

Glennys Young | Trump in the World: Russia (11.27.2017)

As part of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington's series of talks on “Trump in the World: International Implications of the Trump Presidency,” Glennys Young discusses the implications of Donald Trump's presidency from the perspective of Russia

72 MIN2018 JAN 24
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Glennys Young | Trump in the World: Russia (11.27.2017)

Latest Episodes

Evgeniya Chirikova | Russian Grassroots Activism for the Environment and Beyond

Prominent Russian environmental activist Evgeniya Chirikova (who begins speaking at minute 6:30) discusses recent environmental and political protests in Russia and the awakening of civil society both in Moscow and elsewhere in the country. This talk took place on October 21, 2019 at the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies with the generous support of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

92 MIN2019 NOV 14
Comments
Evgeniya Chirikova | Russian Grassroots Activism for the Environment and Beyond

William Pomeranz | Law and the Russian State: Russia’s Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Putin

Kennan Institute Deputy Director William Pomeranz is interviewed by Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz at the 2019 REECAS Northwest Conference (ASEEES) about his book "Law and the Russian State: Russia’s Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Putin." From the publisher: "Russia is often portrayed as a regressive, even lawless country, and yet the Russian state has played a major role in shaping and experimenting with law as an instrument of power. In Law and the Russian State, William E. Pomeranz examines Russia's legal evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin, addressing the continuities and disruptions of Russian law during the imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet. The book covers key themes, including: * Law and empire * Law and modernization * The politicization of law * The role of intellectuals and dissidents in mobilizing the law * The evolution of Russian legal institutions * The struggle for human rights * The rule-of-law * The quest to establish the law-based sta...

82 MIN2019 OCT 1
Comments
William Pomeranz | Law and the Russian State: Russia’s Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Putin

Timothy Snyder | On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century (4.26.2018)

Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University, a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. His book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (Tim Duggan Books; February 28, 2017), has resonated with a world-wide audience. On Tyranny has been published in over a dozen countries and is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. His latest book is The Road to Unfreedom (Tim Duggan, April 2018). A frequent guest at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, he has spent about ten years in Europe, and speaks five and reads ten European languages. He is a regular commentator on radio, TV and in print publications, and an award-winning author of books such as Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a Br...

56 MIN2018 MAY 15
Comments
Timothy Snyder | On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century (4.26.2018)

Lauren McCarthy | Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Enforce New Laws (4.16.2018)

Lauren McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at UMass, Amherst. In response to a growing human trafficking problem and domestic and international pressure, human trafficking and the use of slave labor were criminalized in Russia in 2003. In this talk, Lauren McCarthy explains why Russian police, prosecutors, and judges have largely ignored this new weapon in their legal arsenal, despite the fact that the law was intended to make it easier to pursue trafficking cases. Based on her extensive research in Russia, she shows how trafficking cases make their way through the criminal justice system and explains why the system has had a difficult time combating this crime.

28 MIN2018 MAY 2
Comments
Lauren McCarthy | Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Enforce New Laws (4.16.2018)

Serhii Plokhy | Harvard historian on Lost Kingdom: Ukraine & the Search for Russian Borders 3.2.18

Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. His research interests are in the intellectual, cultural and international history of Ukraine and Eastern Europe in general. His numerous books and other scholarly work deal with history of religion, origins of Slavic nations, history of the Cold War era and collapse of the Soviet Union, and were translated into several languages and won numerous awards. Publisher's abstract from the book Lost Kingdom: In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimea, attempting to seize a portion of Ukraine. While the world watched in outrage, this blatant violation of national sovereignty was only the latest iteration of a centuries-long effort to expand Russian boundaries and create a pan-Russian nation. In Lost Kingdom, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy reveals the central role Ukraine plays in Russia’s identity, both as an “other” to distinguish Russia, an...

79 MIN2018 MAR 28
Comments
Serhii Plokhy | Harvard historian on Lost Kingdom: Ukraine & the Search for Russian Borders 3.2.18

Baltic Ambassadors | Celebrating 100 Years of Baltic Independence (3.2.2018)

"Looking Back, Looking Forward" In celebration of 100 years of Independence in the Baltic States, the Scandinavian Studies Department and the Baltic Studies Program at the University of Washington hosted lectures from: Lauri Lepik, Ambassador of Estonia to the USA Andris Teikmanis, Ambassador of Latvia to the USA Evelina Petrone, Political Officer at the Embassy of Lithuania to the USA

114 MIN2018 MAR 17
Comments
Baltic Ambassadors | Celebrating 100 Years of Baltic Independence (3.2.2018)

Kennan Institute Director Matthew Rojansky | U.S.-Russia Conflict: The New Normal? (2.27.2018)

Matthew Rojansky is Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. He is an expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, and has advised governments, intergovernmental organizations, and major private actors on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region. Dangerously dysfunctional relations between Washington and Moscow have been blamed by the press, pundits and politicians on the failure of U.S. policymakers to properly “read” Vladimir Putin and thus to predict the Kremlin’s supposedly strategic foreign policy agenda. However, rather than attempting to predict Putin’s next move or to de-code the meaning behind personnel shuffles at the Kremlin, policymakers and the analysts who support them would do better to pay more attention to Russia in a much broader sense. From the incompatibility of the “European Project” with the worldview of the country’s ruling ...

76 MIN2018 MAR 8
Comments
Kennan Institute Director Matthew Rojansky | U.S.-Russia Conflict: The New Normal? (2.27.2018)

Gerard Toal | Critical Geopolitics of Russia's Invasions of Georgia & Ukraine (3.5.2018)

Dr. Gerard Toal (Gearóid Ó Tuathail)discusses the current geopolitical antagonism between NATO and Russia. He uses a series of critical geopolitical concepts: geopolitical field, geopolitical culture & geopolitical condition. In doing so, reviews the histories of Russia's invasions of Georgia and Ukraine. Gerard Toal is a Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. He has a Ph. D. in Political Geography from Syracuse University and is an author on over 75 journal articles and 23 book chapters on territorial conflicts, US foreign policy, de facto states, popular culture, media and critical geopolitics. His latest book is Near Abroad: Putin, the West and the Contest for Ukraine and the Caucasus (Oxford University Press, 2017), which is a study of two Russian invasions of neighboring states, Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014, and the circumstances surrounding these events, including US involvement in both states. His latest NSF research grant will ...

76 MIN2018 MAR 7
Comments
Gerard Toal | Critical Geopolitics of Russia's Invasions of Georgia & Ukraine (3.5.2018)

Monica Filimon | Director Cristi Puiu and Romanian New Cinema (11.16.2017)

Monica Filimon discusses her new book Cristi Puiu (University of Illinois Press 2017) and the beginnings of New Romanian cinema with a specific focus on the works of director Cristi Puiu and his black comedy The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Monica Filimon is a New York-based film critic and has published various articles, interviews, and reviews in the Cineaste Magazine as well as in many other peer-reviewed journals and anthologies. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

62 MIN2018 JAN 31
Comments
Monica Filimon | Director Cristi Puiu and Romanian New Cinema (11.16.2017)

Glennys Young | Trump in the World: Russia (11.27.2017)

As part of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington's series of talks on “Trump in the World: International Implications of the Trump Presidency,” Glennys Young discusses the implications of Donald Trump's presidency from the perspective of Russia

72 MIN2018 JAN 24
Comments
Glennys Young | Trump in the World: Russia (11.27.2017)
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