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Columbia-Harvard Russia/Eurasia Forum: Does Leadership in Russia Matter?
February 21-22, 2008


New York City

www: daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/seminars_conferences/Harriman.html

To what extent does leadership, as opposed to underlying factors and forces, drive events in Russia and the surrounding region? Do leaders—not only in the realm of politics, but also in business, culture, and grassroots organizations—make a difference? Do they make more or less of a difference than they would in other places, including the United States?

On the eve of the 2008 Russian presidential elections, the Harriman Institute and the Davis Center—the country’s leading centers for the study of Russia and the surrounding area—are launching a joint project to foster in-depth comparative discussion of the region and of the big intellectual issues surrounding it. We aim to consider and debate how best to understand trends in this strategically important region of the world by going beyond conventional wisdom and tired stereotypes that often pass for analysis. We invite you to join with professionals, scholars, and other interested citizens for the Columbia-Harvard Russia/Eurasia Forum on February 21–22.

Tentative program

Thursday, February 21, 6–9 p.m.

Opening Debate: Does Leadership in Russia Matter?
Timothy Colton, Director, Davis Center, Harvard University
Stephen Kotkin, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University

Friday, February 22, 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Panels: Politics; Culture & the Arts; Grassroots Organizations & NGOs; Economics

Keynote speaker
Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. National Security Advisor to President Carter (1977-1981)

Featured Panelists
Rawi Abdelal, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Timothy Colton, author of forthcoming biography Yeltsin: A Life
Anna Gincherman, Relationship Manager, Women’s World Banking
Marshall Goldman, author of forthcoming Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia; Professor Emeritus, Wellesley College
Sergei Guriev, Executive Director, Center for Economic and Financial Research, New Economic School
Natalia Ivanova, First Deputy Editor, Znamya
Sarah Lindemann-Komarova, Cofounder, Siberian Civic Initiatives Support Center
Rory MacFarquhar, Managing Director, Economic Research, Goldman Sachs, Russia
Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Director, Harriman Institute, Columbia University; Professor, Barnard College
Gleb Pavlovsky, President, Foundation for Effective Politics
Thomas Remington, Professor of Political Science, Emory University
Harlow Robinson, Professor of History, Northeastern University
Stephen Sestanovich, Ambassador-at-Large and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State (1997–2001); Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Ole Solvang, Executive Director, Stichting Russian Justice Initiative
William Taubman, author of Pulitzer Prize–winning biography Khrushchev: The Man and His Era (2003); Professor, Amherst College

All events will take place at the Century Association, 7 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

The conference fee is $600 ($250 academic rate) for registrations postmarked by January 31. Includes reception and dinner on Thursday, and continental breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception on Friday. Late registration: $750 ($300 academic rate).  The registration form can be downloaded here: http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/seminars_conferences/Russia_Eurasia_Forum_Registration.pdf

A special conference rate is available at the Club Quarters Hotel, Midtown. Booking details provided upon registration. 

Further Information
Please contact Irene Coffman at 212-854-5431 or ibc3@columbia.edu.

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