PONARS Virtual Spring Policy Conference

 All Times are in EST

9:00 am   Welcoming Remarks: Marlene Laruelle


9:00 am – 10:30 am Panel 1: The Russian Autocratic State

 Chair: Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University

Andrei Semenov, Nazarbayev University, Liubov Chernysheva, University of Amsterdam, and Vsevelod Bederson, Independent Scholar
Grassroots Urban Activism and the Use of Digital Platforms in Russia

Kirill Shamiev, European Council on Foreign Relations
“Political Causes of Russia’s Battlefield Performance”

Mikhail Turchenko, Indiana University
Post-Authoritarian Russia Will Need Transitional Justice: Evidence from In-depth Interviews with Russian Wartime Migrants

Discussant: William Hill, Kennan Institute


10:30-10:45 am   Break


10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Panel 2: Governance and Nation-Building in Ukraine

Chair: Ivan U. Klyszcz, The International Centre for Defence and Security

Bidzina Lebanidze, Georgian Institute of Politics & Giorgi Gvalia, Ilia State University
“Does War Still Make States? State and Nation Building in Ukraine and Russian Aggression”

Oleksandra Keudel, Kyiv School of Economics
National Resilience in Local Hands? The Role of Local Self-Government Authorities in Ukraine’s Resilience

Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University
“Out of the Cold? Support for Democracy and Victory in Ukraine Through the Winter War”

Hilary Appel, Claremont McKenna College & Madeline Dornfeld, Claremont McKenna College
Ukraine’s EU Membership Prospects: Taking on Europe’s Budgetary and Institutional Hurdles

Discussant: Gene Fishel, George Mason University


12:15-12:45 pm   Lunch Break


12:45 pm – 2:15 pm Panel 3: Russian Foreign Policy in Global Perspective

Chair: Danielle Lussier, Grinnell College

Kornely Kakachia, Georgia Institute of Politics
“Strategic Implications of Russia’s Intended Permanent Naval Base in Ochamchire”

Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University
“The Hamas War and the Russia-Ukraine war”

Ivan U. Klyszcz, The International Centre for Defence and Security
Russia’s Changing Latin American Strategy

Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
“Why Central Asians Fault the US, NATO, and Not Russia for the War in Ukraine”

Discussant: Hilary Appel, Claremont McKenna College


2:15-2:30 pm   Break


2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Panel 4: Public Opinion and Activism in Russia

Chair: David Szakonyi, The George Washington University

Anton Shirikov, Columbia University
Filtering the News: Why Russians Prefer Propaganda and Shield Themselves from Independent Reporting

Danielle Lussier, Grinnell College
“Shifting Political Thresholds in the Russian Mass Public”

Maria Snegovaya, Georgetown University, Graeme Robertson, UNC Chapel Hill, & Peter Pomerantsev, Johns Hopkins University
“Explaining Public Sphere Conformity with War in Russia”

Irina Busygina, Harvard University & Mikhail Filippov, Binghamton University (SUNY)
“After the Collapse: How to Prevent a Return to the Previous Model?”

Discussant: Mary Glantz, U.S. Institute of Peace


Mar 29 2024


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 29 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm