Annual Policy Conference 2017

PONARS Eurasia
10 Jul 2017

Thank you for joining us at the 2017 PONARS Eurasia Annual Policy Conference!

Forthcoming Policy Memos: Abstracts & Bios (PDF)

Tweets from the conference (Twitter)

See: PONARS Eurasia releases 5 policy e-books to mark 20th Anniversary


PONARS Eurasia Annual Policy Conference
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Lindner Commons, 6th Floor
GW Elliott School, 1957 E St. NW


8:30 am   Breakfast and Registration

8:45-10:30 am   Session 1: Power in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus

Chair: Henry Hale, George Washington University

Russia on the Eve of Presidential Elections and Prospects for the Next Term
Nikolay Petrov, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Authoritarian Responsiveness: Managing Popular Demands in the Lead up to March 2018
Regina Smyth, Indiana University

Extrajudicial Violence in Donbas and Its Consequences for Ukraine
Sergiy Kudelia, Baylor University

Could It Happen Here? How to Think About Ethnic Conflict in Ukraine
Elise Giuliano, Columbia University

Does It Make Sense to Expect a “Color Revolution” in Belarus?
Arkady Moshes, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

10:30-11:00 am   Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 pm   Session 2: Political and Economic Entanglement

Chair: Samuel Charap, RAND Corporation

Politics versus Policy: Technocratic Traps of Post-Soviet Reforms
Vladimir Gel’man, European University at St. Petersburg; University of Helsinki

Putin’s Renationalization Campaign: Fighting Corruption or Forcing Officials’ Loyalty?
Hilary Appel and Wendy Chuyi Sheng, Claremont McKenna College

Monopolies Rising: Consolidation in the Russian Economy
David Szakonyi, George Washington University

Beyond Economic Contagion: Regional Consequences of Russia’s Economic Recession
Mariya Omelicheva, University of Kansas

Does Russia Need the Inflow of Foreign Capital? Or Should It Rely on an Export-Oriented Model of Growth Based on Domestic Savings?
Vladimir Popov, Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (Berlin)

12:30-2:00 pm   Lunch and Keynote Speaker (Celeste Wallander)

2:00-3:30 pm   Session 3: Evolving Societies in Southern Eurasia

Chair: Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University

Uzbekistan’s Revolution from Above: A Post-Soviet Model for Liberalization or a Transition to Softer Authoritarianism?
Sean Roberts, George Washington University

Democratic Attitudes in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
Barbara Junisbai, Pitzer College

Who Cares about Conspiracy Theories? Evidence from a New Survey of Georgia and Kazakhstan 
Scott Radnitz, University of Washington

Qatar in Central Asia: What’s at Stake in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan?
Natalie Koch, Syracuse University

3:30-4:00 pm   Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 pm   Session 4: Military-Foreign Policy Issues

Chair: Adam Stulberg, Georgia Tech

Russia’s Entanglement in Syria as a Protracted Extreme Stress Factor for the Russian Navy
Pavel Baev, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Russia’s Military Modernization Plans: 2018-2025
Dmitry Gorenburg, CNA; Harvard University

Russia's Information Warfare (IW): Great Power Status and Regime Preservation
Deborah Ball, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Constructive Ambiguity as a Facilitator in US-Russia Security Negotiations
Mikhail Troitskiy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)


Because this year marks the 20th anniversary of the PONARS Eurasia program, many additional PONARS members/authors will be in attendance, including:

Elizabeth Wishnick, Yoshiko M. Herrera, George Gavrilis, Serghei Golunov, Kornely Kakachia, Ivan Kurilla, Debra Javeline, Theodore Gerber, Yevgeny Finkel, Sufian Zhemukhov, Yuriy Matsiyevsky, Oxana Shevel, Nona Shahnazarian, Polina Sinovets, Stephen Hanson, Robert Orttung, Jordan Gans-Morse, Juliet Johnson, Andrew Barnes, Harris Mylonas, Scott Gehlbach, Volodymyr Kulyk, Mikhail Alexseev, Oleksandr Fisun, Sebastien Peyrouse, Mark Kramer, Eric McGlinchey, Anar Valiyev, James Richter, Viatcheslav Morozov, and Gulnaz Sharafutdinova.

Panelists and non-panelist policy memo abstracts will be included in the conference booklet

Contact: [email protected]