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...

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]

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.