PONARS Eurasia Policy Conference 2016

PONARS Eurasia
01 Sep 2016
September 23-24, 2016
GW Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC

Day 1 - Friday, September 23, 2016

8:30-9:00 am   Registration  (1957 E St. NW, Ground Floor Lobby)
9:00-11:00 am   Welcome & Panel 1: Russia’s 2016 Parliamentary Elections
Lindner Commons, Elliott School, 6th Floor
   Vladimir Gel’man, European University at St. Petersburg & University of Helsinki
   Correction of Errors: How the Kremlin Re-equilibrated Authoritarian Elections in 2016
   Tomila Lankina, London School of Economics
   The Kremlin-controlled Media’s Coverage of Protest in Russia and Ukraine
   Nikolay Petrov, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
   The End of the Chapter: 2016 State Duma Elections and Political Development
   Regina Smyth, Indiana University
   Russia's 2016-2018 Election Cycle: Popular Engagement and Protest Potential
11:00-11:15 am  Coffee Break
11:15-1:00 pm   Panel 2A: Russia’s Strategic Outlook
Lindner Commons, Elliott School, 6th Floor (Breakout session)
   Samuel Charap, International Institute for Strategic Studies
   Russia’s Use of Military Force as a Foreign Policy Tool
   Dmitry Gorenburg, CNA & Harvard University
   Russia's Strategic Calculus
   Mikhail Rykhtik, N. I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod
   Values in Contemporary Foreign Policy: Russian Perspectives
   Mikhail Troitskiy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
   Massaging Egos: Can Status Politics Facilitate US-Russia Cooperation?
11:15-1:00 pm   Panel 2B: Economy and Society in Eurasia
State Room, Elliott School, 7th Floor (Breakout session)
   Andrew Barnes, Kent State University
   Beyond the IMF and “Political Will”: The Emerging Political Economy of Ukraine
   Natalie Koch, Syracuse University and Anar Valiyev, Azerbaijan Diplomatic
   Academy, Baku
Restructuring Extractive Economies in the Caspian Basin: Too Little, too Late?
   Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
   Succession in Uzbekistan
   Georgi Derluguian, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)
   Ending the Post-Soviet Restoration in Armenia
1:00-2:00 pm   Lunch Served, 7th floor lobby
2:00-3:30 pm   Panel 3A: Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
Lindner Commons, Elliott School, 6th Floor (Breakout session)
   George Gavrilis, independent consultant
   Counter-Radicalization Policies in Central Asia: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
   Mariya Omelicheva, University of Kansas
   CSTO and SCO: Stuck on the Old Ways of Dealing with Security Threats
   Ekaterina Stepanova, Institute of the World Economy & International
   Relations (IMEMO), Moscow
   Directions for the US-Russia Cooperation on Countering Violent Extremism
2:00-3:30 pm   Panel 3B: Assessing European and Eurasian Partnerships
State Room, Elliott School, 7th Floor (Breakout session)
   Kornely Kakachia, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University & Georgian
   Institute of Politics

   Reluctant Partner: Georgian-German Relations Revisited
   Arkady Moshes, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
   Lukashenko’s ”Drift to the West”: Why Moscow Does Not Need to Be Worried
   Scott Radnitz, University of Washington
   Strategic Solidarity: How Central Asia Responds to the Kremlin's Exhortations
3:30-3:45 pm  Coffee Break
3:45-5:30 pm   Panel 4: Taking Stock of Ukraine Today
Lindner Commons, Elliott School, 6th Floor
   Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University
   A Poisoned Chalice: How the Minsk Accords Destabilize Ukraine
   Volodymyr Dubovyk, Mechnikov National University, Odessa
   Is Ukraine Becoming a Client State of the United States?
   Oleksandr Fisun, Kharkiv National University
   The Changing Nature of Ukrainian Politics
   Volodymyr Kulyk, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv
   Memory and Language: Explaining the Post-Maidan Ukrainian Government’s
   Different Policies 
on Two Controversial Issues
   Oleksandr Sushko, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv
   Two Years after the First Minsk Agreements: Is There a Way Out of the Deadlock?

Day 2 - Saturday, September 24, 2016

8:30-9:00 am   Registration  1957 E St. NW, 6th Floor
9:00-10:45 am   Panel 1: Russia’s Foreign Relations
Lindner Commons, Elliott School, 6th Floor
   Pavel Baev, Peace Research Institute Oslo
   Mistrust Sets Low Ceiling for Russia-China Partnership
   Serghei Golunov, Kyushu University
   Russia's Cross-border Cooperation with Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and
   North Korea: China 
as a Third Force
   Elizabeth Wishnick, Montclair University
   Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming…US-Russia Relations in the Arctic
   Ayşe Zarakol, University of Cambridge
   Turkey and Russia, Erdoğan and Putin
10:45-11:00 am   Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 pm   Panel 2: Trends in Russian Strategic Approaches
Lindner Commons, Elliott School, 6th Floor
   Sergey Minasyan, Caucasus Institute, Yerevan
   Russian Conventional Deterrence: from Warfighting to Political Strategy
   (There and Back Again?)

   Polina Sinovets, Mechnikov National University, Odessa
   European Missile Defense and Russia: Any Chance for a Dialogue?
   Nikolai Sokov, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
   Emerging Russian Modern Conventional Strike Capability: Implications for Eurasia
12:30-1:00 pm   Lunch Served, 6th Floor Lobby
1:00-2:45 pm   Panel 3: Political Culture and Identity in Russia
Lindner Commons, Elliott School, 6th Floor
   Theodore Gerber, University of Wisconsin-Madison
   Political and Social Attitudes of Russia’s Muslims: Caliphate, Kadyrovism, or Kasha?
   J. Paul Goode, University of Bath
   Patriotism without Patriots? The Limits of Patriotic Mobilization in Russia
   Mark Kramer, Harvard University
   Public Sentiment in Russia about the Status of Chechnya
   Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University
   The Kremlin’s New Headache: How to Celebrate the 1917 Commemorations?
Please note: Slight changes may be made to the Agenda. Abstracts of the proceedings, based on Policy Memos authored by panelists, will be available at the conference. Policy Memos will be published in full over the next few months. 
For more information, please contact: [email protected]