External Events

We promote events pertaining to Russia and Eurasia that are conducted in the Boston area and online. Please check out the links below for more information about upcoming events at affiliated institutions. Scroll further to find information about upcoming external events that might be of interest to the Fletcher community.

Please check out the list below to find events about Russia and Eurasia organized by affiliated institutions.

Greater Boston Area

Davis Center for Russia and Eurasian Studies
Film Screening: ‘White Nights’ (1985)
Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Taylor Hackford’s “White Nights” (1985) follows the gripping tale of two men from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain, brought together by their shared passion for dance. With electrifying performances by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines, “White Nights” explores themes of friendship, betrayal, and the triumph of the human spirit. Post-screening discussion will be led by Davis Center visiting scholar Dr. Ilya Vidrin. Click here to register.

Online Events

The Wilson Center
Ukraine’s Global Identity: Eurocentric and Decolonial
Thursday, April 11, 2024 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
As the full-scale invasion of Ukraine continues into its third year, Ukraine is grappling with multiple identities on a global level, marking its path towards Europe, anti-colonial resistance, and deeper underlying decolonial processes while fighting Russia’s war on its territory. In this discussion, panelists will examine the ways in which Ukraine can embrace its European political and cultural orientation while confronting its own colonial past and fostering new disentangled discourses. They will focus on the role that cultural diplomacy and the re-examination of contested history play in this process. The panel will propose theoretical and practical interpretations of Ukraine’s complex and multivectoral historical, geographic, and political landscapes and discuss key transformative policies leading the resistance of Ukrainian society against external aggression. RSVP here.

Henry Jackson Society
Engaging Central Asia: Empowering the Regional Transformation
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Central Asia’s vast energy resources and potential transit routes between Europe and Asia create valuable opportunities to source and transport necessary materials without reliance on Russia. Additionally, the region’s geographic position between nuclear-armed Russia, China, India, and Pakistan, as well as abutting a nuclear-aspiring Iran, makes engagement with the region an important step in establishing Europe’s more significant strategic presence. Missing the chance to form deeper relations with Central Asian nations would cost the West important business opportunities and deprive Central Asia of the chance to develop regional economies. Today, Central Asia is undergoing a transformation, with nations in the region strengthening their political and economic independence, as neighboring power Russia is tied up in Ukraine, and the rising great power China is dealing with internal economic challenges. The event will highlight Dr. Vladislav Inozemtsev’s report: Central Asia: Making Use of a Historic Opportunity, which advocates for Western powers to pursue deeper engagement with Central Asian nations and contribute to their development. Click here to register.

The Jamestown Foundation
Russia’s Rupture and Western Policy, a Joint Jamestown–Free Nations of Post-Russia Forum Event
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Starting at 9:00 A.M. ET
The conference “Russia’s Rupture and Western Policy,” jointly organized by The Jamestown Foundation and the Free Nations of Post-Russia Forum (FNPF), will examine the possibility of Russia’s rupture and gather educated perspectives on what scenarios might arise. The event will be hybrid, with participants encouraged to attend in-person. The proceedings will also be broadcast over Zoom (register here) and livestreamed on The Jamestown Foundation’s YouTube channel. We will convene on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, starting at 9:00 a.m., in the First Floor Conference Room at 1310 L St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.