Annual Policy Conference 2019 [Thank you!]

PONARS Eurasia
16 Sep 2019

PONARS Eurasia Annual Policy Conference

Thursday, September 12

"China’s Rise in Eurasia" | CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Ave, NW | Link: CSIS Information

1:30-3:30 pm: Seminar I: The China Factor in Eurasia 

Hilary Appel, Claremont McKenna College, Elizabeth Wishnick, Montclair State University, Stephen Kaplan, George Washington University, Jeffrey Mankoff, CSIS, and Jonathan Hillman, CSIS.

3:15-4:45: Seminar II: China’s Growing Role in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University, Sebastien Peyrouse, George Washington University, Anar Valiyev, ADA University, Baku, Henry Hale, George Washington University, and Mariya Omelicheva, National Defense University

Friday, September 13 

Agenda | GW Elliott School, 1957 E St, NW

9:00 am: Opening Remarks and Breakfast  

9:15-10:45 am   Panel 1: Russia’s Soft/Sharp Power and the West 

Location: Lindner Commons, Room 602

Chair: Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University

Kimberly Marten, Barnard College, Columbia University 

“Russ-Afrique? Russia, France, and the Central African Republic” 

Şener AktürkKoç University, Istanbul 

“Five Faces of Russian Soft Power: Far Left, Far Right, Orthodox Christian, Russophone, and Ethnoreligious Networks"

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

“The Limits of Statecraft: Comparing U.S. and Russian Views on the Achievable in Foreign Policy” 

Discussant: Ambassador Eric Rubin, American Foreign Service Association


10:45-11:15 am: Coffee Break 


11:15-12:45 pm: Panel 2: The West and the War in Eastern Ukraine 

Location: Lindner Commons, Room 602 

Chair: Henry Hale, George Washington University

Volodymyr DubovykOdesa Mechnikov National University 

“Ukraine and the US: A Partnership in Action” 

Tetyana MalyarenkoOdesa Law Academy 

“Connecting Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Eastern Ukraine” 

Volodymyr Kulyk, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 

“Western Scholarship on the Conflict in the Donbas and Beyond: Naming, Framing, Implications” 

Mariya Omelicheva, National Defense University 

Washington’s Security Assistance to Kyiv: Improving Long-Term Returns on Military Investments in Ukraine 

Discussant: Alina Polyakova, Brookings Institution


12:45-1:45 pm   Lunch


1:45-3:15 pm: Panel 3A: Great Power Politics and Economics in Greater Central Asia 

(Breakout Session) Location: Lindner Commons, Room 602 

Chair: Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University 

Nargis Kassenova, KIMEP University (Kazakhstan); Harvard University 

“The EU Connectivity Strategy and Central Asia: Connect or Disconnect?” 

Vladimir Popov, Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) (Berlin)

“Go East or Go West? Geographical Structure of Trade in Central Asia” 

Ekaterina Stepanova, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)

“Russia and the Afghan Peace Process” 

Discussant: Pavel Baev, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)


1:45-3:15 pm: Panel 3B: Confronting the Challenge(s) of Russia’s Cross-Domain Coercion: Insights from a 3D Architecture of Analyses 

(Breakout Session) Location: Room B12

Chair: Kimberly Marten, Barnard College, Columbia University

Stephan De SpiegeleiereHague Centre for Strategic Studies

“Mapping and Contending with Russia’s Assertiveness” 

Dima AdamskyInterdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel) 

“The Role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow’s Syrian Campaign” 

Nikolai SokovVienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation 

The Elusive Russian Nuclear Threshold 

Adam StulbergGeorgia Tech  

“Russia’s Response to Sanctions: Reciprocal, Asymmetrical, or Orthogonal?” 

Discussant: Andrew BarnesKent State University 


3:15-3:45 pm: Coffee Break 


3:45-5:15 pm: Panel 4A: Arms Control and Statecraft 

(Breakout Session) Location: Lindner Commons, Room 602

Chair: Şener AktürkKoç University, Istanbul

Samuel CharapRAND Corporation 

“Contemporary Russian Approaches to Deterrence” 

Mark Kramer, Harvard University  

“Nuclear Test Bans and U.S.-Russian Relations” 

Polina Sinovets, Odesa Mechnikov National University  

Escalation for De-Escalation? Hazy Nuclear-Weapon ‘Red Lines’ Generate Russian Advantages 

Pavel Baev, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) 

“Befriending the White Whale: How to Neutralize Russia’s Military Build-Up in the Arctic” 

Discussant: Adam StulbergGeorgia Tech 


3:45-5:15 pm: Panel 4BRussia and Central/Eastern Europe  

(Breakout Session) Location: Room B12 

Chair: Volodymyr DubovykOdesa Mechnikov National University 

Arkady Moshes, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

“All Quiet in Russian-Belarusian Relations” 

Andrey MakarychevUniversity of Tartu, Estonia 

Estonia’s Russophones: Between Two Populisms 

Alexandra Yatsyk, Polish Institute of Advanced Studies 

“Russia as a Boogeyman: The Case of Political Wars in Poland” 

Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University   

“Through Europe’s Gate or Into Russia’s Net: Does Visa Free Travel to the EU Offset Russia’s Media Influence in Ukraine? 

Discussant: William HillNational War College


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