November 19, 2014

Media and the Politics of the Death Penalty [Audio]


Confronting the Death Penalty A Tufts University Symposium November 19, 2014  


John Artis: Exoneree and Co-Defendant with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter; former Counselor, Timber Ridge Residential Center for Boys; former Correctional Officer, White Post Detention Center
Marc Asnin: Photojournalist; Author, Final Words
Nancy Bauer: Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University
Janeann Dill: Filmmaker; Artist, Institute for Interdisciplinary Art and Creative Intelligence
Melissa Ferrari: Senior, Tufts University

November 19, 2014

Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty [Audio]


Confronting the Death Penalty A Tufts University Symposium November 19, 2014

David J. Harris: Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute of Race and Justice, Harvard Law School

Peniel Joseph: Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Tufts University

Sabrina Butler: Exoneree; Assistant Director of Membership and Training, Witness to Innocence

Laurence Ralph: Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and African and African American Studies, Harvard University

November 19, 2014

The Death of Punishment? A Dialogue [Audio]


Confronting the Death Penalty A Tufts University Symposium November 19, 2014

The Death of Punishment? A Dialogue


Sherman Teichman: Founding Director, Institute for Global Leadership

Erin Kelly: Chair, Department of Philosophy, Tufts University; Author, Criminal Justice without Retribution 

Robert Blecker: Professor of Law, New York Law School; Author, The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst 

November 13, 2014

EPIIC Class November 13, 2014: Oxana Shevel


Professor Shevel's research and teaching focus on the post-Communist region surrounding Russia and issues such as nation- and state-building, the politics of citizenship and migration, memory politics, and the influence of international institutions on democratization. She is the author of "Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe" (Cambridge 2011), which examines how the politics of national identity and strategies of the UNHCR shape refugee admission policies in the post-Communist region, leading countries to be more or less receptive to refugees. The book received the 2012 American Association of Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) book prize. At present, Professor Shevel is working on a new book project - comparative study of the sources of citizenship policies in new post-Communist states. Articles based on this project were published inComparative Politics in 2009, and in Post-Soviet Affairs in 2012. Oxana Shevel's research has also appeared in the East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, Slavic Review, Political Science Quarterly, Nationality Papers, and in edited volumes.

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.