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. 

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Topics and Speakers

Opening Remarks - 1:15 p.m.

01/26/2017 - 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m
Edward A. Turzanski

John Templeton Fellow, FPRI

Vice President, Union League of Philadelphia

John R. Haines

Co-Director, Eurasia Program, FPRI

Adrian A. Basora

Co-Director, Eurasia Program, FPRI

Panel I: Energy Politics of the Eurasia Region - 1:30 p.m.

John R. Haines

Co-Director, Eurasia Program, FPRI

Anna Mikulska

Fellow, Eurasia Program, FPRI

Steven Kopits

Managing Director, Princeton Energy Advisors

R. Daniel Kelemen

Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, Rutgers University

Chris Miller


Fellow, Eurasia Program, FPRI

Panel II: “Sphere of Influence” Politics: Europe vs. Russia - 3:00 p.m.

Stephen Blank

Senior Fellow, FPRI

Melinda Haring

Fellow, Eurasia Program, FPRI

Mitchell Orenstein

Senior Fellow, FPRI

Nelli Babayan

Fellow, Transatlantic Academy

Adrian A. Basora


Co-Director, Eurasia Program, FPRI

Keynote Address - 4:30 p.m.

Ambassador James Collins

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Former US Ambassador to Russia



Union League of Philadelphia

140 South Broad Street PA Philadelphia 19102

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Eurasia Program

Free for Members of FPRI and the Union League; $25 for Non-Members