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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.

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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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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Episodes

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

11/2/2016
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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...

Duration:01:22:41

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

10/25/2016
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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.

Duration:01:20:54

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

10/20/2016
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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.

Duration:01:30:31

Michelle O'Brien | The Rise of Neo-Nationalists in Russia (8.10.16)

10/17/2016
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This podcast features Michelle O'Brien, a doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department and a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. Ms. O'Brien spoke about relationships between groups within Russia, such as the "Night Wolves" biker gang and Vladimir Putin. She also discussed the importance of films in instruction, highlighting "Putin's Kiss" as an example that could be used in a classroom setting. Ms. O'Brien's talk was part of a day long workshop for K-12...

Duration:00:44:16

Phillip Shekleton | Anarchy in the UK? The Why, How and What's Next of Brexit (8.10.16)

10/5/2016
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At the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies summer teacher workshop, experts spoke about populism movements across Europe and Russia. This podcast based on those talks features Phillip Shekleton, a lecturer at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and the former Managing Director of the Center for West European Studies and the European Center. He spoke about the ramifications of "Brexit," diving into some of the demographic issues behind...

Duration:00:48:56

Prof. James Felak | Populism and Radical-Right Groups in East Central Europe (8.10.16)

10/4/2016
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This podcast features James Felak, a Professor of History at the University of Washington. Professor Felak spoke about the historical development of political groups and movements such as the Law and Justice Party in Poland and the Fidesz and Jobbik parties of Hungary. Dr. Felak's talk was part of a day-long workshop for K-12 educators at the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies.

Duration:00:48:02

Dr. Steve Pfaff | Neo-Nationalist Parties in Eastern and Western Europe(8.10.2016)

9/27/2016
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At the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies summer teacher workshop, experts spoke about populism movements across Europe and Russia. This podcast based on those talks features Steve Pfaff, a Professor in the Department of Sociology and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Washington. Dr. Pfaff formerly served as the Director of West European Studies. During the workshop, Professor Pfaff spoke about how radical-right political movements in Europe...

Duration:00:56:02

Dep. Asst. Secretary of State Rosenblum | USA & Central Asia 25 Years After Independence (02.2016)

7/11/2016
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The United States and Central Asia – 25 Years After Independence, Why Should We Care? By Daniel Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Rosenblum visited UW and spoke at the Ellison Center hosted a talk to a room full of students, faculty, and community members, including representatives of the Seattle Tashkent Sister City Association. He started his remarks by sharing the story of his own journey through a...

Duration:01:15:29

Evelyn Farkas | Perils of Putin's Russia: Why America Needs to Counter Russia and How (5.06.2016)

5/19/2016
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Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative. She served from 2012 to 2015 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, responsible for policy toward Russia, the Black Sea, Balkans, and Caucasus regions and conventional arms control. From 2010 to 2012 she served as Senior Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe/Commander, US European Command, and as Special Advisor for the Secretary of Defense for the...

Duration:01:23:26

Susan Jaques | The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia (4.22.2016)

5/10/2016
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During her 34-year reign, Catherine the Great embarked on a single-minded quest to modernize and westernize Russia. Among her tactics was a ravenous acquisition of art, which she used to strengthen her image and that of her empire. A self-proclaimed “glutton for art,” the wily tsarina created St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum and spearheaded the expansion of the former capital into an architectural wonder. Join author Susan Jaques as she discusses highlights of Catherine II’s extraordinary...

Duration:01:12:22

Mateo Fumagalli | Stateness, Contested Nationhood & Imperiled Sovereignty in Kyrgyzstan (3.31.2016)

4/27/2016
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The case of Kyrgyzstan, mired in a durable oscillation between abrupt descents into violence and swift returns to stability, represents a useful vantage point to capture the trans-national dimension of post-Soviet conflicts. Kyrgyzstan’s post-independence political trajectory has been marked by stateness issues and the contestation of nationhood, rendering more acute perceptions of threats to the integrity and survival of the state. Drawing on the linkage and leverage framework, this talk...

Duration:01:18:39

Lucan Way | Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats & Rise of Competitive Politics in Ex-USSR (4.20.16)

4/26/2016
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Lucan Way | Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats & Rise of Competitive Politics in Ex-USSR (4.20.16) by The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

Duration:01:04:45

Bálint Ablonczy | A View From Budapest: On Hungary and Contemporary Crises in Europe

4/7/2016
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Bálint Ablonczy | A View From Budapest: On Hungary and Contemporary Crises in Europe by The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

Duration:01:32:21

Tanya Merchant | Treadgold Lecture | Women Performing Musical Nationalism in Uzbekistan (3.9.16)

3/18/2016
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Tanya Merchant | Treadgold Lecture | Women Performing Musical Nationalism in Uzbekistan (3.9.16) by The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

Duration:01:35:53

Marius Laurinavičius | Russia and the World: A View from Lithuania (3.3.16)

3/18/2016
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Marius Laurinavičius | Russia and the World: A View from Lithuania (3.3.16) by The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

Duration:01:29:05

Marius Laurinavičius | Lithuania, Poland, Russia and International Security (3.3.16)

3/18/2016
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Marius Laurinavičius | Lithuania, Poland, Russia and International Security (3.3.16) by The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

Duration:01:31:10

Michelle O'Brien | Tipping Points in Soviet History (3.12.16)

3/18/2016
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Michelle O'Brien | Tipping Points in Soviet History (3.12.16) by The Ellison Center at the University of Washington

Duration:01:05:20

Robert Bedeski |The Secret History of the Mongols (2.4.16)

2/18/2016
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Ghengis Khan, the Mongol State, and Primary Existential Angst

Duration:01:16:46

Russia, Syria, and the West: Confrontation or Cooperation? (1.19.16)

2/8/2016
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Russia's intervention in the Syrian conflict has been popular in Russia, but confounding to analysts. This panel comprises experts who will analyze the causes and implications of Russia's recent moves in Syria. What are Russia's objectives? How does it affect the political prospects of President Putin? What does it mean for the Syrian Civil War – both for Russia's allies and for its adversaries in the conflict? And how should the Unites States respond? Will we see confrontation, cooperation...

Duration:01:33:01

Ott Toomet | Neighborhoods and Network Segregation in Cellphone Data

12/10/2015
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New Directions in Baltic Migration and Ethnic Studies

Duration:00:35:19