Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies serves as the focal point at the University of California at Berkeley for students and faculty who conduct research and teaching on the geographic region of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Currently the Institute has 45 core UCB faculty members and over 150 affiliated graduate students. Read more...

Professor Gregory Grossman (1921-2014)

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Professor Gregory Grossman (Economics), considered a towering figure in the study of the Soviet economy who shaped the thinking of generations of scholars, died on August 14, 2014, at the age of 93. He was an active member of the ISEEES community during his tenure at UC Berkeley and will be greatly missed by all those who came in contact with him. A full obituary can be found at the UC Berkeley News Center.

ISEEES Spring 2014 Newsletter Available Online

We are pleased to present our Spring 2014 issue of the ISEEES newsletter, including short pieces by Joy Neumeyer, Ph.D. student in the Department of History; Mark Keck-Szajbel, Ph.D. from the Department of History; and Bathsheba Demuth, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History.

If you are interested in joining the ISEEES email listserv and receiving announcements about upcoming events and conferences, as well as notification of new podcasts and newsletters, send an email to: iseees [at] berkeley [dot] edu

39th Educator Outreach Conference
"Liberalism & Its Discontents in Eastern Europe & Eurasia"

Click here to see the program.

You can now listen to the talks given at this year's Educator Outreach Conference: "Liberalism & Its Discontents in Eastern Europe & Eurasia." The conference is split into three parts: the morning session, the afternoon session, and the roundtable discussion. You will need iTunes in order to access the audio content. Please download it here if necessary.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Heyns Room, Faculty Club
UC Berkeley Campus

Morning Panel
“The Far Right in Russia and Ukraine," Andrei Tsygankov
Professor of Political Science and International Relations
San Francisco State University

“From Liberal to Illiberal Nationalism: the Case of Russia,” Gail Lapidus
Senior Fellow Emerita, Institute for International Studies
Stanford University

“Putin’s Transformation and What’s Behind It,” M. Steven Fish
Professor of Political Science
UC Berkeley

Afternoon Panel
“Liberalism in Post-Communist Romania: Parties and Public,” Paul Sum
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
University of North Dakota

“Liberalism and Democracy in Hungary,” Jason Wittenberg
Associate Professor of Political Science, Acting Director of ISEEES
UC Berkeley

Roundtable Discussion
“What is the Future of Liberalism in Eastern Europe and Eurasia?”


"Eurasian Geopolitics" Blog by Edward W. Walker

ISEEES' own Edward W. Walker has started his own blog to keep up with the affairs happening throughout Eurasia. Current entries have been focusing on the events in Ukraine. If you would like to read about Ukraine at greater depth, please click here to see what Professor Walker has to say about the situation.

Press Related to the Events in Ukraine and Russia

The following list is comprised of recent write-ups from faculty and in regards to faculty presentations regarding the recent events in Ukraine and Russia.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - from The Washington Post (M. Steven Fish):
The end of the Putin mystique
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - from The Huffington Post (Edward W. Walker):
A Strategic Response to the Ukraine Crisis
Monday, March 31, 2014 - from Anthropoliteia (Alexei Yurchak):
Little green men: Russia, Ukraine and post-Soviet sovereignty
Friday, March 14, 2014 - from The Daily Californian (Kathleen Tierney):
Amid escalating tensions, professors discuss Ukraine's next steps
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - from The Daily Californian (Taryn Smith):
From more than 6,000 miles away, Ukrainian students, professors reflect on their home country

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - from Los Angeles Times (Edward W. Walker):
What's behind Russia's moves in Ukraine? Fear of NATO
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - from The Daily Californian (Somin Park):
Sochi Olympics will be a ‘disappointment' at best, UC Berkeley professor Edward Walker argues


ISEEES Fall 2013 Newsletter Available Online

We are pleased to present our Fall 2013 issue of the ISEEES newsletter, including articles by Marcy McCullaugh, Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, and Sarah Garding, Ph.D. in Political Science.

If you are interested in joining the ISEEES email listserv and receiving announcements about upcoming events and conferences, as well as notification of new podcasts and newsletters, send an email to: iseees [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Podcast of Sergei Guriev's Lecture at UC Berkeley Available Now!
Modernization and Education Reform in Putin’s Russia

**This lecture took place before Sergei Guriev's departure from Russia on April 30, 2013.**

Sergei Guriev is the Morgan Stanley Professor of Economics and the Rector of the New Economic School in Moscow. He is also president of the Center for Economic and Financial Research at the New Economic School. He received his Doktor nauk in Economics (2002) and PhD in Applied Math (1994) from the Russian Academy of Sciences. His research interests include contract theory, corporate governance, and labor mobility. He currently contributes a monthly column to Forbes Russia and a biweekly column to the leading Russian business daily Vedomosti. He is on the board of Sberbank, Rosselkhozbank, the Agency for Home Mortgage Lending, and the Dynasty Foundation and is a member of the President of Russia’s Council on Science, Education and Technology and of the Scientific Council of Bruegel think tank.

Video Conference: "Conversations on Europe" roundtable on Croatia

Prof. Natasa Besirevic, visiting scholar to ISEEES on the American Councils Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), participated in a video conference on Croatia hosted by the EU Center at the University of Pittsburgh on January 22, 2013. This conference was part of the spring installment of “Conversations on Europe” – a series of interactive virtual roundtables. You can watch the conference on Croatia here and check out past installments here. For more details about these roundtables, contact the EU Center at the University of Pittsburgh: euce [at] pitt.edu.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Summer 2013 and Academic Year 2013-2014

Applications for Summer 2013 intensive language study and/or for the Academic Year 2013-2014 FLAS fellowships are now available online. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Languages funded include Armenian, Bulgarian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, and Russian. Applications for summer study of other Slavic, East European, Eurasian, Caucasus, or Central Asian languages are possible, pending approval.

Eligible graduate and undergraduate students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Click here to read more about FLAS Fellowships and to begin your application. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Podcast: Putin III: The Aftermath of the Russian Presidential ElectionsOutreach Conference

The ISEEES 38th Annual Outreach Conference took place on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The topic of the conference this year was Putin III: The Aftermath of the Russian Presidential Elections. The podcast of the entire conference is now available online via iTunes. To listen to the recording, click here for the podcast page.

The conference included presentations by Maria Lipman, Editor of the Pro et Contra journal, published by Carnegie Moscow Center; Alexei Yurchak, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Barry Ickes, Professor of Economics, Penn State University; Stephen Holmes, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; and M. Steven Fish, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley.