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Our Annual Colin Miller Memorial Lecture in Slavic Studies took place on April 7, 2009. Our speaker was Kenneth Jowitt, Pres and Maurine Hotchkis Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Jowitt examines the current Russian regime and tries to characterize it using a more apt comparative historical model of reference than the overused democracy-autocracy polemic. The Annual Colin Miller Memorial Lecture honors the memory of a journalist and radio and TV producer who was devoted to the Center for Slavic and East European Studies (as ISEEES was called before the year 2000). The endowment funds an annual lecture given by a respected scholar in the field of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
Jorg Monar, Professor at the College of Europe, spoke on "EU Asylum and Immigration Policy: 'Fortress Europe'?" at the EU Center of Excellence, UC Berkeley, on September 24, 2009. The talk was co-sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, EU Center of Excellence, and by the Institute of European Studies.
Education Without Borders: Multiculturalism, Integration, and Diversity in European Higher Education
by Odile Quintin
Odile Quintin, Director-General for Education, Training, Culture, and Youth for the European Commission, spoke about "Education Without Borders: Multiculturalism, Integration, and Diversity in European Higher Education." Five out of the six objectives of the Bologna Declaration of 1999 have been inspired by the Erasmus program (started in 1988) and related Commission initiatives: comparability and compatibility of degrees (Diploma Supplement), a credit system (ECTS), European cooperation in quality assurance, promoting mobility, and strengthening the European dimension in higher education. The Bologna process is succeeding in creating a more diversified higher education landscape, with HEI defining their specific profiles and missions.
The Euro After the Crisis: The Case of Hungary
by Barry Eichengreen
Barry Eichengreen, George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science, UC Berkeley, spoke on how the economic crisis has affected countries not yet in the Euro zone, their problems, and their renewed aspirations to join. Hungary was the main case study in the talk.
Jeremy Kinsman, Diplomat, former Canada's ambassador in Moscow, spoke on the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the NATO-Russia Relationship in the 1990s, in the present, and in the future. Ambassador Kinsman retired from the Canadian Foreign Service in 2006. Over his 40 years of service, he was Chairman of Policy Planning and later Political Director before being named Canada’s Ambassador in Moscow in 1992. He was subsequently Ambassador in Rome (1996-2000), High Commissioner in London (2000-2002), and Ambassador to the EU in Brussels (2002-2006). Today Ambassador Kinsman is a Contributing Writer for Policy Options magazine, a regular commentator for CBC News and several print publications.
John Connelly, professor of history and Interim Director of ISEEES gave a talk on the break of the Berlin Wall at the opening of the Icons of Border Installation Exhibit (podcast and webcast are available).
Pablo Amor, Head of the Grant Management Department of the European Research Council Executive Agency, spoke about funding schemes for academic researchers in all fields working with European partners. In this talk, Mr. Amor introduced the ERC and its Starting Independent Researcher Grants and Advanced Investigators Grants, and briefed participants on the state of progress and plans for the future in European academic research and collaborative efforts.
Remembering the Dead in Interwar Serbia, 1918-1941: Annual Kujachich Endowed Lecture in Serbian and Montenegrin Studies
Melissa Bokovoy, Associate Professor of History, Regents’ Lecturer, University of New Mexico, was the speaker at the 2010 annual Kujachich Endowed Lecture in Serbian and Montenegrin Studies. She examined how, in the interwar Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Serbs, individually and collectively, mourned, remembered, and commemorated those who lost their lives in the Balkan Wars and World War One.
Peril from the Periphery? The Politics of International Inequality: A Symposium in Honor of Andrew Janos
Mietek Boduszynski, diplomat at the US Department of State) gave a presentation titled "The Unbearable Weight of Structure: A Personal and Intellectual Journey through the Politics of Backwardness," which focused on the integration of former Yugoslav states into the new Europe.
Daniel Ziblatt, the Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Government, Harvard University, presented a paper titled Legacies of Land: Three Episodes in the History of German Democracy, which drew on the traditions of Gerschenkron and Andrew Janos of examining a country’s pre-industrial past to explain its historical trajectory.
Venelin Ganev, Associate Professor of Political Science, Miami University, spoke about "Post-Communist Political Entrepreneurs." Dr. Ganev applied the idea of political entrepreneurship to post-Communist states, and showed the different ways in which states were shaped by individual actors.
Lucan Way, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, presented the paper “Linkage, Leverage, and the Democratization of Eastern Europe,” co-authored with Steven Levitsky of Harvard University. The paper focused on states in Post-Communist Eastern Europe (Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia), which transitioned from being authoritarian to democratic (or nearly democratic in the case of Albania).
Zoltan Barany, Professor of Government at the University of Texas, presented a paper titled “Militarization and Modernization in Post-Colonial Settings: Comparing Ghana, India, Pakistan, and Tanzania.” Dr. Barany drew on Professor Janos’ re-thinking of modernization and militarization. However, his talk used the modernization-militarization paradigm developed by Dr. Janos in a different setting—4 postcolonial states in Asia and Africa.
James Goldgeier, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University, presented a paper titled “The United States, Russia and the Post-Cold War World: From Realism to Idealism, and Back Again to Realism.” His talk drew on Andrew Janos’ studies of backwardness, and he argued that the United States had bungled its attempts to assist in the democratization of Russia because it underestimated the enormity of the task.
Veljko Vujacic, Associate Professor of Sociology, Oberlin College, spoke of The "Leopards and the Jackals. Relative Backwardness, Nationalism, and the Circulation of Elites on the Periphery." The talk compared Andrew Janos’ The Politics of Backwardness in Hungary to Guiseppe di Lampesuda’s The Leopard.
Victor Rizescu, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Bucharest, presented a paper titled “Critical Cultures and Sociologies of the Elites: Two Romanian Departures.” Professor Rizescu explored Romanian perceptions about the theory of modernization as a top-down state-led program.
Jeffrey S. Kopstein, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, presented a paper titled "Ulbricht’s and Honecker’s Volksstaat? The Common Economic History of Militarized Regimes," which explored the commonalities between Germany’s two 20th century dictatorships: East Germany and Nazi Germany. Conclusion: Professor Andrew Janos responded to the papers and concluded the conference by commenting on the future of international politics.
Andrew Janos responds and delivers concluding notes.
ISEEES 36th Annual Teacher Outreach Conference
From Old Regimes to New Democracies? Transitions in Eastern Europe, 1989-1990
Jason Wittenberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley, Hungary's 'revolution,' 1989-1990.
John Connelly, Associate Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley, Germany and Poland: from Socialist to Capitalist Neighbors.
Jovana Knezevic, Stanford University, Violent Transition: The Yugoslav Wars in Historical Context.
Veljko Vujacic, Associate Professor of Sociology, Oberlin College, Nationalism, Myth, and Politics: Russians and Serbs in the dessolution of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.
M. Steven Fish, Professor, Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley, Russia 1989-1991: Why Didn't The Breakthrough Generate a Foundation for Democracy.
Gale Stokes, Mary Gibbs Jones Professor Emeritus of History, Rice University, The Significance of 1989.
2011 Colin Miller Memorial Lecture
Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World
by Grzegorz Kolodko
A key architect of Poland’s successful economic reforms and one of the world’s leading authorities on economics and development policy, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko applies his far-reaching knowledge to the past and future of the world economy, introducing a framework for understanding our global situation that transcends any single discipline or paradigm. He underscores the necessity of conceptual and theoretical innovation in understanding our global economic situation, offering a provocative study of globalization and the possibility of coming out ahead in an era of worldwide interdependence.
Grzegorz W. Kolodko—a key architect of Polish reforms—is a renowned economist and a world expert on transition and development policy. While Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance (1994-97) he led Poland into the OECD. Holding the same positions again in 2002-03 he played an important role in Poland's integration with the European Union. In 1989 he participated in the historical Polish Round Table, which led to the first post-communist government in East Central Europe; and from 1989 to 1991 he was a member of the Economic Council of the Government. A Ph.D. graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics, he is currently Director of TIGER (Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research) and professor at the Leon Kozmiñski Academy of Entreprenurship and Management in Warsaw.
Conference Webcast: The Presence of the Past: Legal Dimensions of Armenian-Turkish Relations
This symposium explores three contentious issues which are preventing Armenian-Turkish rapprochement.
Speakers: Stephan Astourian, The University of Claifornia, Berkeley; Alfred de Zayas, Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations; Susan Karamanian, The George Washington University Law School; Catherine Kessedjian, University Pantheon-Assas, Paris II; Raymond Kevorkian, Institut français de géopolitique, Université Paris-VIII-Saint-Denis; Serge Sur, University Pantheon-Assas, Paris II.
by Fyodor Lukyanov
Fyodor Lukyanov is editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, published in Russian and English with the participation of Foreign Affairs magazine. He has an extensive background in different Russian and international media, in which he worked from 1990 to 2002 as a commentator on international affairs. Lukyanov now widely contributes to various media in the US, Europe and China. His monthly "Geopolitics" column appears in the Russian edition of Forbes magazine. He is a member of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, an independent organization providing foreign policy expertise, and is also a member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civic Society Institutions.
2012 Annual ISEEES Outreach Conference
Putin III: The Aftermath of the Russian Presidential Elections
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.
Podcast 1: Maria Lipman (with introductory remarks by Yuri Slezkine and Edward Walker).
Podcast 2: Alexei Yurchak
Podcast 3: Barry Ickes
Podcast 4: Steven Holmes
Podcast 5: M. Steven Fish
Podcast 6: Roundtable Discussion
Materials Projected During the Conference:
For images projected during this talk, illustrating the use of humor in protests in the Russian elections, click here (scroll to the bottom of the article).
Clips projected during the talk:
Pussy Riot: Punk Rock Prayer at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. "Holy Virgin Mother, chase Putin away."
Patriarch Kirill, The Holy Patriarch of Moscow and all the Rus, condemning the prayer during service.
Russian priest Father Vsevolod Chaplin, spokesman for the Moscow patriarchate, calling for severe punishment for participants in the prayer and their supporters.
Fight near the Moscow Court between supporters and opponents of Pussy Riot's right to perform the prayer.
Debate at a political talk show between representatives of the church and public intellectuals.
PowerPoint presentation (in pdf format)