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East meets West Speaker Series

The “East meets West” speaker series is an opportunity for U.S. scholars to hear directly from their academic counterparts from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.  Political scientists, historians, sociologists, pollsters, international security experts, communication science specialists, journalists, and diplomats based in Europe and Eurasia present research and analysis regarding current events and issues from across the region and engage in dialogue with their U.S.-based colleagues. 

Information about events, commentary, and faculty media appearances related to Russia's war on Ukraine can be found here.

Recent Events:

East Meets West Speaker Series with Joanna Szostek: "News Media and (In)security in Ukrainian Border Regions: An Assessment of Threats and Vulnerabilities."
February 24, 2022
Professor Joanna Szostek (School of Social & Political Studies, University of Glasgow) discussed the threat of disinformation campaigns and related challenges in Ukraine's border regions.

East Meets West Speaker Series with George Mchedlishvili: "US Withdrawal from Afghanistan and Implications for Security in the Caucasus and the Greater Black Sea Region"
September 28, 2021
Professor George Mchedlishvili (European University, Tbilisi, Georgia; International Black Sea University; and Tbilisi State University) discussed the implications of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan for security in the Greater Black Sea Region.

A Dialogue with Olga Kamenchuk and Vladimir B. Zvonovsky: "Political Confrontation in Russia: From Protests to Elections and Back"
March 10, 2021
Professor Vladimir Zvonovsky (Samara State University of Economics, Russia) examined how a small group of active Russians are set up for a long political confrontation with the regime but the majority remains in a state of learned helplessness, fearing that regime change may worsen the economic situation.

A Dialogue with Olga Kamenchuk and Andrei Vardomatski: "Belarus 2020: Roots of Anti-Regime Mobilization"
November 16, 2020
Professor Andrei Vardomatski (Warsaw University, NOVAK Laboratory, Belarusian Analytical Workroom) discussed the ongoing and unprecedented anti-regime mobilization with a focus on analyzing what motivates protestors.


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