25 Years since the Fall of the USSR: Where is Eurasia Headed?
Date : Thu., January 26, 2017 Category : Conferences/Symposia
An FPRI Symposium at the Union League of Philadelphia
December 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union. Yet we face a region that is more unsettled than at any time since the Soviet collapse. The Kremlin’s aggressive behavior in Ukraine and military tactics in the Baltic Sea are causing increasing concern among Western defense officials. The region’s economies, many of which are tied to the price of oil or depend on Russia, are in deep recessions. With only several exceptions, most governments in the region have slumped into sclerotic authoritarianism. Much like a quarter century ago, the uncertainties in the Eurasia region today pose steep challenges—and offer compelling opportunities—to the United States and its European allies. This half-day event will feature FPRI’s own Eurasia scholars, showcasing their expertise on security, energy, economics, culture, and geopolitics of post-communist Europe and Eurasia.
Registration begins at 1:00 p.m, and the symposium is scheduled to end at 5:30 p.m.
Attire is business casual.
Topics and Speakers
Opening Remarks - 1:15 p.m.
Panel I: Energy Politics of the Eurasia Region - 1:30 p.m.
Co-Director, Eurasia Program, FPRIAnna Mikulska
Fellow, Eurasia Program, FPRISteven Kopits
Managing Director, Princeton Energy AdvisorsR. Daniel Kelemen
Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, Rutgers UniversityChris Miller
Fellow, Eurasia Program, FPRI
Panel II: “Sphere of Influence” Politics: Europe vs. Russia - 3:00 p.m.
Keynote Address - 4:30 p.m.
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Former US Ambassador to Russia
Free for Members of FPRI and the Union League; $25 for Non-Members