Annual Conference 2018


PONARS Eurasia Annual Policy Conference

September 21, 2018, GW Elliott School, Washington, D.C.

9:00 am   Opening Remarks

9:15-10:45 am   Panel 1: A “New World Order”? Russia’s Strategies on the International Scene

Location: Lindner Commons, Room 602

Chair: Henry Hale, George Washington University

Mark Kramer, Harvard University

“U.S.-Russian Relations and the ‘New Cold War’ Metaphor”

Mikhail Troitskiy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)

“The Politics of U.S.-Russian Arms Control”

Viatcheslav Morozov, University of Tartu (presenting), Xymena Kurowska, Central European University and Aberystwyth University, and Anatoly Reshetnikov, Central European University

“Russia and the ‘Western’ Rules: On the Cultural Aspects of Great Power Misconduct”

Discussant: William Hill, National War College

10:45-11:15 am   Coffee Break

11:15-12:45 pm   Panel 2: “In” And “Out”: Russia’s Levers of Influence at Home and Abroad

Location: Lindner Commons, Room 602

Chair: Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University

Joshua Tucker, New York University

“The Use of Twitter Bots in Russian Political Communications”

Alexandra YatsykWarsaw University

“To Hack and Ban: Russia’s Cyber Activism at Home and Abroad”

Scott Radnitz, University of Washington

“The Unstrategic Logic of Fifth Column Claims in Russia and the Near Abroad”

Ted Gerber, University of Wisconsin–Madison

“Geopolitical Remittances: Russian Soft Power and Kyrgyz Labor Migration”

Discussant: Wayne MerryAmerican Foreign Policy Council

12:45-2:30 pm   Lunch Talk: Cold War and the Academy: An Oral History of Russian and Eurasian Studies

Location: Lindner Commons, Room 602

Chair: Peter Rollberg, George Washington University

Alexander Cooley and George Gavrilis discuss what a new oral history project at the Harriman Institute is teaching us about the rise, fall, and rebirth of area studies and what this means for academia’s ties to the policymaking community.

2:30-4:15 pm   Panel 3: Ukraine’s Domestic and Foreign Policy Transformations

(Breakout Session) Location: Lindner Commons, Room 602

Chair: Maria Popova, McGill University

Jordan Gans-Morse, Northwestern University

“Effective Anti-Corruption Messaging: Lessons from Ukraine”

Olexiy Haran Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (presenting), and Petro Burkovsky, National Institute for Strategic Studies, Kyiv

“On the Eve of the Big Election Year in Ukraine: Winners Take a Toll?”

Volodymyr Dubovyk, Mechnikov National University, Odessa

“Dissecting the Trump Administration’s Policy on Ukraine”

Volodymyr Kulyk, Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, Kyiv

“Religion and Geopolitics: Kyiv And Moscow Clash Over the Constantinople Patriarchy’s Decision On Ukrainian Autocephaly”

Discussant: Samuel Charap, RAND Corporation

2:30-4:15 pm   Panel 4: North and South Caucasus: Terrorist Networks and Foreign Policy

(Breakout Session) Location: Room 505

Chair: Yoshiko Herrera, University of Wisconsin

Mariya Omelicheva, University of Kansas (presenting), and Lawrence P. Markowitz, Rowan University

“’Armed Underground’: Diffused and Fragmented Terrorist Networks in Russia’s North Caucasus”

Anar Valiyev, ADA University, Baku

“U.S. Disengagement from South Caucasus: A Holy Place Is Never Empty”

Discussant: Cory Welt, Congressional Research Service

4:15-4:45 pm   Coffee Break

4:45-6:15 pm   Panel 5: The Donbas War and its Impacts

(Breakout Session) Location: Lindner Commons, Room 602

Chair: Andrew Barnes, Kent State University

Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University

“How Do Ukrainians Want to End the Donbas War?”

Erik Herron, University of West Virginia (presenting), Cynthia Buckley, University of Illinois, and Ralph Clem, Florida International University

"War in the Donbas: Attacks on Health Care Infrastructure and Its Implications for Ukrainian State Capacity"

Volodymyr IshchenkoKiev Polytechnic Institute

“Nationalist Radicalization Trends in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine’

Discussant: Jeffrey Mankoff, CSIS

4:45-6:15 pm   Panel 6: Kazakhstan's Development Strategies: Domestic and Foreign Evolutions

(Breakout Session) Location: Room 505

ChairSean Roberts, George Washington University

Dinissa Duvanova, Lehigh University

“Goals, Plans, and Indicators: How Kazakh Bureaucrats Implement the State Developmental Agenda”

Erica Marat, National Defense University

“Kazakhstan: A New Citizen, Policed”

Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University (presenting), Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University (presenting), Wendy Chen, George Mason University, and Dylan Royce, George Washington University

“Testing Causes of U.S. Favorability Decrease in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan”

Discussant: Paul Stronski, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


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