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30th Annual Colin Miller Lecture

Thirty Years on the Front Lines: a Diplomatic Career

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 5:15pm
Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library
UC Berkeley Campus
Cameron Munter, Pomona College

Professor Munter's talk will focus on the challenges facing diplomats in recent years, from the collapse of the Soviet Union and the tasks of building democracy in a reunified Europe to the unexpected test of post-9/11 deployments to Iraq and Pakistan in times of crisis. Munter has served as US ambassador in Serbia and Pakistan and Deputy Chief of Mission in Prague and Warsaw. He led the first Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq, in Mosul; participated in the civilian-military planning for the drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq; kept U.S.-Serbian relations from collapsing after Kosovo's declaration of independence; and directed U.S. policy in Pakistan during the Abbottabad raid and a series of other tense events.

If you were not able to join us for the 30th Annual Colin Miller lecture, do not fret! You can now download the podcast of Ambassador Munter's talk here (hosted by the UC Berkeley channel on iTunes). ISEEES is very proud to have hosted Ambassador Munter, and his talk was definitely an interesting addition to our fall line-up. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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

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 sessionthe 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?”

28th Annual Colin and Elsa Miller Memorial Lecture
Modernization and Education Reform in Putin’s Russia

by Sergei Guriev

**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.

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.

iTunes Link:

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:

Alexei Yurchak: 
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.

Barry Ickes:
PowerPoint presentation (in pdf format)

2011-2012 Colin Miller Memorial Lecture
Russia in a Changing World: Unpredictable Challenges Ahead

by Fyodor Lukyanov

Recording 7

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.

Conference Webcast: The Presence of the Past: Legal Dimensions of Armenian-Turkish Relations
Morning Session
Afternoon Session


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.

2011 Colin Miller Memorial Lecture
Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World 

by Grzegorz Kolodko
Recording 20

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.

ISEEES 36th Annual Teacher Outreach Conference 

From Old Regimes to New Democracies? Transitions in Eastern Europe, 1989-1990


Panel 1
Recording 55

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.

Panel 2
Recording 56

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.

Peril from the Periphery? The Politics of International Inequality: A Symposium in Honor of Andrew Janos


Panel 1
Recording 74

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.

Panel 2
Recording 73

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.

Panel 3
Recording 72

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.

Funding schemes for academic researchers in all fields working with European partners

by Pablo Amor 

Recording 71

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.

Who Really Opened the Wall 
by John Connelly

Recording 59

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).

Russia/Nato Relations: Competition, Partnership, and the Role of Diplomacy
by Jeremy Kinsman

Recording 109

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.

The Euro After the Crisis: The Case of Hungary
by Barry Eichengreen
Recording 113

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.

Education Without Borders: Multiculturalism, Integration, and Diversity in European Higher Education 
by Odile Quintin

Recording 112

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.

EU Asylum and Immigration Policy: 'Fortress Europe'?
by Jorg Monar

Recording 16

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.

2009 Colin Miller Lecture 
by Ken Jowitt

Recording 13

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.