Category Archives: Conferences

NATO and Russia: Reconciling Interests in the Caucasus and Central Asia?

About 70 policy-makers, diplomats, academics, experts and students from all over the North Caucasus Federal District – as well as Moscow, Brussels and Berlin – visited the city of Pyatigorsk June 6-8, 2013 for the conference, “New Challenges to Regional Security” organized by the NATO Information Office in Moscow and Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University.  Continue reading NATO and Russia: Reconciling Interests in the Caucasus and Central Asia?

Russo-British Discussions in the North Caucasus: Analyzing Current Events through History’s Lens

On May 20th, a group of three LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science) history professors visited Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, a prestigious educational institution in the Russian North Caucasus. The University hosted the final round of the Paulsen Fellowship Programme designed to bring promising Russian historians to British research venues. While it was not the primary goal of their visit, the guests took time out of their busy schedules to meet with faculty and graduate students. For the latter it was obviously a once in a lifetime chance to pick the brain of Dominic Lieven, a notable authority on Russian history and the politics of the post-Soviet space, author of six books including the epic Empire: The Russian Empire and Its Rivals (Yale University Press, 2001). Continue reading Russo-British Discussions in the North Caucasus: Analyzing Current Events through History’s Lens

Central Asian Digital Repositories

Digital repositories are one of the most prominent elements of the open access movement in universities today. Collecting publications, resources, and content generated by an institution and making them available to the public creates an online archive and serves as a representation of the institution. Universities, research institutions, and libraries are most often responsible for managing these repositories (for background information, Lynch). However, single university institutional repositories that are often associated with Western universities are largely absent from the Central Asian region. Continue reading Central Asian Digital Repositories

KU/Fort Leavenworth Conference: “China and Russia: Architects of a New Global Order?”

Last week, I had the good fortune to participate in the conference “China and Russia: Architects of New Global Order” organized by the Kansas University Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) at Fort Leavenworth. The wide spectrum of research presented (more on this in a moment) was well complimented by the diversity of panelists with academia, the Defense Department, and various thinks tanks all well represented.
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