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
The Other Annexation: Gradual Takeover of Belarus by Russia
Thursday, May 9, 2024 | 3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. EDT
As the world’s attention remains fixed on Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine, another critical development has been quietly unfolding: the gradual annexation of Belarus. This ongoing expansion of Russian influence over its neighbor has accelerated since the disputed 2020 Belarusian presidential election. Indebted to and dependent on Russia for support after the election crisis, Belarusian autocratic ruler Aliaksandr Lukashenka has made concessions that have allowed for greater Russian political, economic, and military control. This gradual erosion of Belarusian sovereignty has far-reaching consequences for the Belarusian people and the stability and security of the entire region. As Russia tightens its grip on Belarus, the international community must confront the reality of a changing geopolitical landscape and the potential for further destabilization. The panel will explore the profound impact of the annexation on global security, regional stability, and the lives of the Belarusian people. Panelists will also assess the international community’s diplomatic response to the crisis, NATO’s position, and the shifting power dynamics within Europe. Reception to follow. Register here.

Online Events

Tufts University
23rd Annual Talloires Symposium
May 31, 2024 – June 2, 2024 | 7:00 PM – 12:00 PM ET
As Fletcher returns once again to Talloires, France, we look forward to welcoming you! Your on-site experience will provide the exceptional range of activities and opportunities for networking and socializing that the Talloires Symposium has traditionally offered.

Center for Strategic and International Studies
The State of Russia’s Defense Industry After Two Years of War and Sanctions
Monday, June 24, 2024 | 1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. ET
Please join the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program for a discussion about the state of Russia’s defense industry today. Max Bergmann will moderate a conversation with Maria SnegovayaSamuel Bendett, and Dara Massicot from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to discuss the findings of the recent CSIS report, “Back in Stock? The State of Russia’s Defense Industry after Two Years of the War.” The conversation will cover the contents of the report, its implications for the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the future of the Western sanctions regime leveled against Russia. This online-only event will take place on Monday, June 24, 2024, from 1:00-2:30 PM EDT.

Hudson Institute
Germany and the World: A Foreign Policy Conversation with State Secretary Thomas Bagger
Friday, June 28th, 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. ET
In the quarter century after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, reunified Germany grew steadily more confident and powerful as the preeminent country in Europe. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has shattered much of that confidence, forcing the country to undertake a pivot as expressed in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s announcement of a zeitenwende, or watershed moment. But what, exactly, has changed in Germany’s foreign policy outlook? Is the change in Berlin’s attitude toward Russia specifically, or in its stance on economic interdependence and dialogue as a pacifying force more generally? How applicable is zeitenwende to Germany’s attitude toward the Middle East, particularly Iran, or East Asia, particularly China? What about the military rearmament of the Bundeswehr? Please join Senior Fellow Peter Rough as he welcomes Ambassador Bagger to Hudson for a discussion on Germany’s foreign and security outlook today.

Columbia University
CFP-30th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia
October 18th and 19th, 2024
Graduate students are cordially invited to submit abstracts for the 30th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, to be held at Columbia University on October 18th and 19th, 2024. This two-day conference provides students from institutions around the world with the opportunity to meet and share research with their peers. In addition, participants will gain valuable experience presenting their work through discussion with fellow graduate students and Columbia faculty. Register here.