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.

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

  • Understanding Ukrainian History
    The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia is pleased to announce the lectures of Professor Serhii Plokhii, Harvard-based historian and leading authority on Ukraine in the United States, as part of this year’s program. The series of three lectures, respectively titled “The Rise of Modern Ukraine,” “The Making of the Soviet People,” and “The Fall of the USSR,” promise to shed light on the formation of modern Ukrainian identity through competing imperial and national projects from the Napoleonic Wars to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Join us for the lectures, to be delivered in webinar format on June 22, 24, and 27, from 10 to 11:30 am EDT. You may register for any of the lectures using the links below. The webinar link will be available after registration.
    • Lecture 1: The Rise of Modern Ukraine | June 22, 2022 | 10:00AM – 11:30AM ET | Register here
    • Lecture 2: The Making of the Soviet People | June 24, 2022 | 10:00AM – 11:30AM ET | Register here
    • Lecture 3: The Fall of the USSR | June 27, 2022 | 10:00AM – 11:30AM ET | Register here

International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC)

  • Kazakhstan’s Emerging Geopolitical Role
    Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 5:00AM – 7:00AM ET (11:00 – 13:00 Brussels time)
    Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began over four months ago, Kazakhstan has surprised the world with its quick re-emergence after the tragic January 2022 unrest, new far-reaching reforms, and its independent foreign policy. Kazakhstan did not allow the Russian-dominated Commonwealth Security Treaty Organisation’s intervention in the January tragedy to sway its decision-making processes, and it has resolved to maintain its multi-vector foreign policy and orientation towards market reforms and social justice. These moves have bequeathed the West an invaluable strategic opportunity. Should the West properly navigate the perils and pitfalls of current Eurasian geopolitics, opportunities exist for increasing European energy security, containing Russia, keeping Sino-Russian cooperation in check, and promoting regional security in Central Asia, all while simultaneously encouraging Kazakhstan’s ongoing democratisation, economic liberalisation, and ties with the European Union. The Report’s author John C. Hulsman will be joined by Roman Vassilenko the Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Yerzhan Saltybayev, Director of the Institute of World Economy and Politics, and Dr. Ariel Cohen, the Director of the Energy, Growth and Security Program at ITIC. Mr. James Wilson, the Founding Director of the International Foundation for Better Governance, will moderate this timely discussion. The conference will be followed by a networking lunch. RSVP is required for the in-person event. Attendance is strictly by registration only. Please contact jameseupr@icloud.com for registration.

Kennan Institute at Wilson Center

  • Assessing U.S. Support to Ukraine Four Months after Russia’s Invasion
    Friday, June 24, 2022 | 12:00PM – 1:00PM ET
    Four months have passed since Russia escalated its war on Ukraine to a total, multi-pronged invasion. Several distinct phases have passed within these months, but one thing remains clear – the war is nowhere near over. The U.S. has stood by Ukraine in numerous ways – from weapons supply to humanitarian assistance to helping to prop Ukraine’s economy and more. It has also sustained the pro-Ukraine coalition of nations and strengthened its sanctions on Russia. However, the bilateral strategic partnership is currently being tested to its limit. What informed this approach by the United States and are there any impediments going forward? How is this policy perceived in Kyiv? Volodymyr Dubovyk will consider these questions as the war passes another milestone. Click here to register.

Brookings Institute

  • Economic globalization after Ukraine
    Monday, June 27, 2022 | 2:30PM – 4:30PM ET
    In the three months since Russia invaded Ukraine, we have witnessed the U.S., the EU, and other economies move in concert to impose the most sweeping economic sanctions measures in modern history on Russia. Given the size of the Russian economy, these measures have been unprecedented not only in their scope but in the magnitude of cooperation among Western partners. These sanctions and high levels of coordination among the West signal a potentially new stage in economic globalization. On the one hand, the risks of economic interdependence have been laid bare as countries have demonstrated a willingness to deploy an arsenal of nonmilitary tools to create costs for adversaries pursuing foreign policy goals not contemplated by the rules-based international order. On the other hand, the situation raises important questions on what opportunities for similar cooperation may exist to grapple with other significant present and emerging international economic challenges. It remains to be seen how countries will adapt to this new reality and what this means for economic globalization going forward. Click here to register.

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

  • Reporting on the War in Ukraine
    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 11:00AM ET
    This conversation will take up the work of two leading English-language journalists, Joshua Yaffa (The New Yorker) and Anton Troianovski (The New York Times), both of whom are covering the war in Ukraine. At issue will be the challenges of covering this war, the difficulties of writing about Russia when so many non-Russian journalists have either left the country or been expelled and the uses and abuses of information in this first major twenty-first century war. Click here to register.

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

  • The Trouble with “the Free World”
    Thursday, June 30, 2022 | 11:00AM ET
    This will be a conversation about the notion of the free world, stemming from a May 6, 2022 Foreign Affairs article published by Peter Slezkine (East China Normal University). In this article, Slezkine argues that the Cold War idea of the free world maps only inaccurate onto the current war in Ukraine. Joining him to debate this idea are Anatol Lieven (Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft) and Jeffrey Gedmin (American Purpose), who will offer their perspectives on the proper connections between the Cold War past and the 21st-century present, asking not just about the trouble with “the free world” but whether the free world is itself in trouble or whether the free world is once again salient and ascendant. Click here to register.