PONARS Eurasia Policy Conference 2015

PONARS Eurasia
18 Sep 2015
September 18-19, 2015 | GW Elliott School of International Affairs | 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC
Day 1 - Friday, September 18, 2015
8:15-8:45 am  Registration (1957 E St. NW, 7th Floor)
8:45-10:45 am  Welcome & Panel 1: Ukraine: War and Identity
City View Room, Elliott School 7th Floor
Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University
War and Sociopolitical Identities in Ukraine
Volodymyr Duboyvk, Mechnikov National University, Odessa
Odessa: A Local Dimension of Ukraine’s Revolution, Crisis, and Conflict
Volodymyr Kulyk, Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 
One Nation, Two Languages? National Identity and Language Policy in Post-Maidan Ukraine
Kimberly Marten, Barnard College, Columbia University
The Security Costs and Benefits of Non-State Militias: The Example of Eastern Ukraine
Chair: Henry E. Hale, The George Washington University
10:45-11:15 am  Coffee Break
11:15-1:00 pm  Panel 2A: Ukraine: Reform and Reconstruction
City View Room, Elliott School 7th Floor (Breakout session)
Andrew Barnes, Kent State University
Tenth Time’s a Charm? IMF Loans and Conditionality in Ukraine
Yuriy Matsiyevsky, Ostroh Academy National University (Ukraine)
Breaking Out of Hybridity: Ukraine’s Survival and the Role of the West
Robert Orttung, The George Washington University
Can Ukraine Effectively Fight Corruption? 
Oxana Shevel, Tufts University
Decommunization Laws in Ukraine: Assessing Implementation
Oleksandr Sushko, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv
Ukrainian Reforms after the Euromaidan: Content and Drivers
Chair: Elise Giuliano, Columbia University
11:15-1:00 pm  Panel 2B: The Nature of Putinism
Lindner Commons, Elliott School 6th Floor (Breakout session)
Hilary Appel, Claremont McKenna College, and Vladimir Gel’man, European University at St. Petersburg 
Revising Russia’s Economic Model: The Shift from Development to Geopolitics
Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Is Putin’s Popularity Real?
Mark Kramer, Harvard University 
High-Level Corruption in Russia
Nikolay Petrov, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Decision-making in Post-Crimean Russia
Brian Taylor, Syracuse University 
The Code of Putinism
Chair: Graeme Robertson, University of North Carolina
1:00-2:00 pm  Lunch Break  
2:00-3:30 pm  Panel 3A: Security Challenges for Russia and the West
City View Room, Elliott School 7th Floor (Breakout session)
Keith Darden, American University 
Is There a Non-West for Russia to Lead?
Alla Kassianova, Stanford University
US-Russian Lab-to-Lab Nuclear Cooperation: How It Started 25 Years Ago and Why It Matters Now
Ekaterina Stepanova, Institute of the World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow
“Islamic State” as a Security Problem for Russia: The Nature, Scale and Limits of the Threat
Chair: Yulia Nikitina, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
2:00-3:30 pm  Panel 3B: Power and Conflict in Central Asia
Lindner Commons, Elliott School 6th Floor (Breakout session)
Natalie Koch, Syracuse University
Why There Were No Water Wars: Water Cooperation in Central Asia and Lessons from the Aral Sea Disaster
Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
Problems of Central Asian Pluralism
Sebastien Peyrouse, The George Washington University
Is Religion Challenging the Legitimacy of the Political Authorities in Uzbekistan?
Chair: Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University 
3:30-3:45 pm  Coffee Break
3:45-5:30 pm Panel 4A: Russian Military Power after Ukraine
City View Room, Elliott School 7th Floor (Breakout session)
Pavel Baev, Peace Research Institute Oslo
Russian Air Power is Too Brittle for Brinksmanship
Dmitry Gorenburg, CNA & Harvard University
Russian Naval Shipbuilding: Is It Possible to Fulfill the Grand Expectations?
Sergey Minasyan, Caucasus Institute, Yerevan
“Hybrid” vs. “Compound” War: Lessons from the Ukrainian Crisis   
Polina Sinovets, Mechnikov National University, Odessa
The Nuclear Element in Russia’s Hybrid Warfare
Chair: Ayse Zarakol, University of Cambridge
3:45-5:30 pm  Panel 4B: Caught in the EU-Russia Crossfire: Belarus, Caucasus
Lindner Commons, Elliott School 6th Floor (Breakout session)
Andrey Makarychev, University of Tartu (Estonia)
Tête-à-tête with the Kremlin: Georgia’s Insecure Identity vis-à-vis Russia’s Soft Power
Arkady Moshes, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki
Can EU-Belarus Relations Be Reset?
Nona Shahnazarian, Institute for Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
“Here Is Not Maidan, Here Is Marshall Bagramian”: Understanding the “Electric Yerevan” Movement
Chair: Cory Welt, The George Washington University
Day 2 - Saturday, September 19, 2015 
8:45-9:15 am  Registration, 1957 E St. NW, Lindner Commons, Elliott School 6th Floor
9:15-10:30 am  Panel 1: Ukraine: Politics and War
Oleksandr Fisun, Kharkiv National University 
The Formal and Informal in 2014-2015: Ukraine's Neopatrimonial Democracy
Elise Giuliano, Columbia University
The Origins of Separatism: Popular Grievances in Donetsk and Luhansk
Chair: Cory Welt, The George Washington University
10:30-10:45am Coffee Break
10:45-12:30 pm  Panel 2: The Ideology of Russian Power    
Ivan Kurilla, European University at St. Petersburg 
New Historical Politics in Russia: From Crimea to Victory Day Celebration and Beyond
Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University 
Why the Term “Russkii” is Not a Sign of Ethnonationalism
Viatcheslav Morozov, University of Tartu (Estonia)
What is the Meaning of “National” in the Russian Debate about the National Interest?
Sufian Zhemukhov, The George Washington University 
Is There A Link? The 2014 Sochi Olympics and the Annexation of Crimea
Chair: Samuel Greene, King’s College London
12:30-2:00 pm  Lunch & Panel 3: Economics and Society
Theodore Gerber, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Housing and Political Grievances in Four Post-Soviet States
Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, King’s College London
Economic Crisis, Regional Finance and Federal Response in Russia
Chair: Regina Smyth, Indiana University
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. All Policy Memos will be published in full after the conference.
For more information, please contact: [email protected]

See our recent Policy Memos, many derived from a June 2015 PONARS Eurasia policy workshop in Astana, Kazakhstan.