November 04, 2014

EPIIC Colloquium 2014-15: Emily Parker & Russian Presidential Academy [AUDIO]


Speaker Name: Emily Parker

Date: November 4, 2014

Emily Parker is author of "Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Stories From the Internet Underground," and Former State Dept policy planning staff for digital diplomacy. She was formerly a writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal and an editor at the New York Times.

Members of the faculty of the Russian Presidential Academy visited the EPIIC class on Tuesday November 4, 2014 to discuss the current government and political climate in Russia.

October 28, 2014

EPIIC Class Oct. 28, 2014: Robert Legvold


Speaker Name: Robert Legvold

Date: October 28, 2014

Robert Legvold is Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where he specialized in the international relations of the post-Soviet states. He was Director of The Harriman Institute, Columbia University, from 1986 to 1992. Prior to coming to Columbia in 1984, he served for six years as Senior Fellow and Director of the Soviet Studies Project at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. For most of the preceding decade, he was on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1967. 2008-2010 he was project director for “Rethinking U.S. Policy toward Russia” at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 2009-2012 he was director of the “Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative” sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and co-chaired by Sam Nunn, Wolfgang Ischinger, and Igor Ivanov.

(Original biography from: Columbia University)

October 27, 2014

NEXUS Newsletter October 2014

October 23, 2014

EPIIC Class October 23, 2014: Alexandra Vacroux on the Russian Economy


Speaker Name: Alexandra Vacroux

Date: October 23, 2014

Alexandra Vacroux (EPIIC’86) is the Executive Director of Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Prior to joining the Davis Center, Vacroux held a variety of scholarly and business positions. Her research and non-profit experience includes tenures as Scholar at the Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), Interim Eurasia Program Officer for the Social Science Research Council, and Research Associate at the Center for Financial and Economic Research (CEFIR) in Moscow. In the commercial and government spheres, she previously served as Director for Sales and President of the U.S. Brokerage for Brunswick Warburg investment bank in Moscow and as a consultant to the Russian Privatization Agency.

October 21, 2014

EPIIC Class October 21, 2014: Joshua Rubenstein on Russia and Censorship


Speaker Name: Joshua Rubenstein

Date: October 21, 2014

Joshua Rubenstein was on the staff of Amnesty International USA from 1975 to 2012 as New England Coordinator and Northeast Regional Director. He was also Scholar-in-Residence at Facing History and Ourselves in 2012 and 2013. He is a long-time Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Working as an independent scholar, Rubenstein is the author of Soviet Dissidents, Their Struggle for Human Rights and Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life. Mr. Rubenstein is the co-editor of Stalin’s Secret Pogrom: The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee and of The KGB File of Andrei Sakharov.

October 16, 2014

EPIIC Class October 16, 2014: Simon Saradzhyan


Speaker Name: Simon Saradzhyan

Date: October 16, 2014

Simon Saradzhyan is assistant director of the U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism and a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. His research interests include international arms control, counter-terrorism, foreign, defense, and security policies of Russia and other post-Soviet states and their relations with great powers.  Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Saradzhyan worked as a researcher for East West Institute and as a consultant for the United Nations and World Bank.  Simon has also worked as deputy editor of the Moscow Times and as Moscow correspondent for Defense News. He has contributed scores of articles to other publications, ranging from the Times of London to Space News, earning certificate of merit from the commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces for his coverage of Russia's military affairs.

October 14, 2014

EPIIC Class October 14, 2014: Brigadier General Kevin Ryan


Speaker Name:  Kevin Ryan

Date: October 14, 2014

Brigadier General Kevin Ryan (U.S. Army retired) is Director, Defense and Intelligence Projects at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a Masters degree in Russian Language and Literature from Syracuse University and, a Masters degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.  Ryan has been a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy and was Vice President for Business Development at iRobot Corporation. He is a member of the Board of the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS) and a member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors.  He is a member of the Kennedy School’s MPA Admissions Committee.  Ryan was the founding director of the center's U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism, where he continues to facilitate U.S.-Russian cooperation and lead the “Elbe Group.”  He was previously Executive Director for Research of the Belfer Center from 2010 to 2013. He is the author of over 20 articles and book chapters on various leadership and security topics.

October 09, 2014

EPIIC Class October 9, 2014: WorldBoston Ukrainian Delegation


• Mr. Andriy Oleksandrovych Chubatenko, Director, “Astarta” LLC
• Mr. Volodymyr Vasylovych Khmelyuk, Advisor to the Mayor, Kam’yanets-Podilsk Local Council;Former Director, Economics and Infrastructure Development Department, Apparatus of the Supreme Council of Ukraine
• Ms. Maryna Valentunivna Olhovska, Assistant to MP Katerynchuk M.D., Supreme Council of Ukraine; Former Head of Legal Department, “Absolute service” legal company LLC; FormerInspector, Central-Ukrainian Transport Prosecution Office
• Ms. Tetyana Mykolayivna Ovcharenko, Assistant to MP, Administrative office, Supreme Council of Ukraine; Former Journalist, Executive Editor, “Lviv portal” internet-publishing house
• Mr. Oleh Serhiyovich Zvyagin, Deputy Director, “Pryrodniy shedevr” (Nature Masterpiece) LLC; Member of Party, "Solidarity" Political Party

October 07, 2014

EPIIC Class October 7, 2014: David Kalis


Speaker Name: David A Kalis

Date: October 7, 2014

David A Kalis grew up in the Boston suburbs. He earned his B.A. in Soviet East European Studies from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. Following his graduation from Tufts University, he spent two and a half years abroad in Russia which formed the basis for his memoir and ensuing career choices. Having worked at Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, and many small firms, David has experience focusing in areas of marketing, promotion, budgeting, and sales. In 2006, after many years of talking about the idea of writing his story, he finally began the work. Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser is the culmination of combing through his experiences, organizing his thoughts, and presenting his journey and the life lessons he learned along the way.

September 23, 2014

EPIIC Class September 23, 2014: Mauricio Artiñano


Speaker Name: Mauricio Artinano

Date: September 23, 2014

A Tufts University and EPIIC Class 2003-2004 alum, Mauricio Artiñano is currently a second year Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) student at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he is concentrating on Development Studies. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at Tufts University, Mauricio worked for The Project on Justice in Times of Transition on several peacebuilding projects in Central America and Colombia. He was then appointed Minister Counsellor for the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations during Costa Rica’s 2008-2009 term as elected member of the UN Security Council, where he worked as a thematic expert on African issues and later as Security Council Political Coordinator. 

September 18, 2014

EPIIC Class September 18, 2014: Mark Kramer


Speaker Name: Mark Kramer

Date: Sepetmber 18, 2014

Mark Kramer is Director of the Cold War Studies Program at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.  He has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Brown Universities and was formerly an Academy Scholar in Harvard's Academy of International and Area Studies and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.  Professor Kramer is the author of Crisis in Czechoslovakia, 1968: The Prague Spring and the Soviet Invasion; Soldier and State in Poland: Civil-Military Relations and Institutional Change After Communism; and three forthcoming books, Crisis in the Communist World, 1956: De-Stalinization, the Soviet Union, and Upheavals in Poland and Hungary; The Collapse of the Soviet Union; and Income Distribution and Social Transfer Policies in the Post-Communist Transition: Changing Patterns of Inequality (to be published in 2009).  He is completing another book titled From Dominance to Hegemony to Collapse: Soviet Policy in East-Central Europe, 1945-1991, which, like his earlier books on the Soviet bloc, draws heavily on new archival sources from the former Communist world.

September 16, 2014

EPIIC Class September 16, 2014: James Hershberg


Speaker Name: James Hershberg

Date: September 16, 2014

After teaching at Tufts and the California Institute of Technology in 1989-91, James Hershberg directed the Cold War International History Project (and edited the project's Bulletin) from 1991-96 before coming to George Washington University in 1997 as a professor of history and editor of the CWIHP book series co-published by the Stanford University and Wilson Center Presses. He received the 1994 Stuart Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Policy.  Currently working on various case studies of U.S. communications with Cold War adversaries (Cuba, China, North Vietnam, Iran), he is a co-founder of The GW Cold War Group, a Cold War studies group at GWU for both faculty and students, and works closely with the National Security Archive, a declassified documents repository and research institute based at the University.

September 11, 2014

EPIIC Class September 11, 2014: Serhii Plokhii


Speaker Name: Serhii Plokhii

Date: September 11, 2014

Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History in the Department of History at Harvard University and the Director of Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute.  He is the author of many books related to Russia, including The Cossack Myth: History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires, Yalta: The Price of Peace, The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and Unmaking Imperial Russia: Mykhailo Hrushevsky and the Writing of Ukrainian History.

September 09, 2014

EPIIC Class Sept. 9, 2014: Carol Saivetz


Speaker Name: Carol Saivetz 

Date: September 9, 2014

Carol R. Saivetz is a research associate at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and a research affiliate at the Security Studies Program at MIT.  Saivetz has consulted for the US Government on topics ranging from energy politics in the Caspian Sea region to Russian policy toward Iran. From 1995-2005, she was the Executive Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. She is the author of In Search of Pluralism: Soviet and post-Soviet Politics.