The DCA Academic Lecture Series has a long history of bringing topical, global issues in focus, offering attendees first-hand knowledge of the issues. Past topics include:
- “Islam, From Muhammad to the Millennium”
- “Border Heat, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan”
- “Rising China”
- “After the Arab Spring… What Next?”
- “Making the World Go Round… Global Economics”
Upcoming 2015 lectures
The breakup of the USSR in 1991, which resulted in the reestablishment of Russia as a central power, initiated a new world order. Over the ensuing years the initial positive reactions throughout the international community changed to dismay and confusion as Russia dramatically shifted foreign policy positions. Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and continued dominance over Russian international relations has been a further complication for world leaders. Our series will examine President Putin, his dramatic changes in policy and style and will highlight Russia’s current initiatives in Ukraine, as well as partnerships within Europe and Asia. We will conclude with a discussion of the fragile relationship between Russia and the United States and look to the future.
Thursday mornings at 10:00am
Presenter: Jill Dougherty, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Jill Dougherty is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She is researching and writing a book about Russian President Vladimir Putin.Dougherty served as CNN correspondent for three decades, reporting from more than 50 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, China, North Korea and Russia. Her chief area of interest and expertise is Russia – where she served as Moscow Bureau Chief for almost a decade – and the post-Soviet region. In January 2014 she left the network when she was selected as a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. There, she continued her research and writing on the Russia media and the Russian government’s international and domestic communications strategy.
||Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin
Presenter: Fiona Hill, The Brookings Institution
Fiona Hill is director of the Center on the United States and Europe, and senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution.A frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, Hill has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. She is also the co-author of the recently published book, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (Brookings Press, 2013).
|January 22nd||From Protest to Politics: The Struggle for Democracy in Ukraine
Presenter: Nadia Diuk, National Endowment for Democracy
Nadia Diuk serves as Vice President, Programs for Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Congress to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts.For over twenty years prior to her appointment as Vice President, she supervised NED programs in Europe and Eurasia where she worked on programs and strategies for underground democratic movements before 1989, prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Before joining NED, Dr. Diuk taught Soviet Politics and Russian History at Oxford University, conducted research at the Society for Central Asian Studies, United Kingdom, and served as editor-in-chief of the London-based publication Soviet Nationality Survey. Dr. Diuk is the author of The Next Generation in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan: Youth, Politics, Identity and Change (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), and co-author of New Nations Rising: The Fall of the Soviets and the Challenge of Independence (John Wiley & Sons, 1993) and The Hidden Nations : The People Challenge the Soviet Union (William Morrow and Company, 1990). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a Doctorate (D. Phil.) in Modern History from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
||Has Russia Lost a Balance Between Europe and Asia?
Presenter: Andrew C. Kuchins, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Andrew C. Kuchins is a senior fellow and director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. He is an internationally known expert on Russian foreign and domestic policies who publishes widely and is frequently called on by business, government, media, and academic leaders for comment and consulting on Russian and Eurasian affairs. Kuchins most recent scholarship has been devoted to issues including U.S.-Russia relations and the “reset,” Russia’s Asia strategy, and the role of energy in the Russian Far East. His recent publications include “Perspective: What’s to Follow the Demise of the US-Russian ‘Reset’” (Current History, October 2012); “The End of the ‘Reset’” (Foreign Affairs, March 2012); “Russian Foreign Policy: Continuity in Change,” coauthored with Igor Zevelev (Washington Quarterly, Winter 2012); and “A Durable Reset” (International Herald Tribune, September 2011). Prior to CSIS, Kuchins was director of the Russian and Eurasian Program in Washington, D.C., then a senior associate, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; director of the Carnegie Moscow Center in Russia; and has held senior management and research positions at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Kuchins currently teaches at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and has also taught at Georgetown and Stanford Universities. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Tuesday Evening: Lecture 8:00pm, Reception 7:30pm
Morning series tickets (4 lectures) are $80, or $65 for DCA members. Purchase series tickets by Monday, January 5th.
Tickets for the Evening Lecture & Reception on Tuesday, February 3rd, are $25 each.
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Purchase tickets by mail
Print and complete the below registration form, select the appropriate tickets, and mail your check (DCA Lectures) to the DCA at 274 Middlesex Road, Darien, CT 06820 by January 5th, 2015 with a self-addressed, stamped envelope or pick up pre-paid tickets at the door.
Some single-lecture tickets will be available at the door ($25). For information, contact the DCA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-655-9050.
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Academic Lectures Committee
|Series Coordinator||Susan Bhirud|
|Speakers Committee||Ann Mandel, Janet Sargent, Alison von Klemperer,
Kate Larson, Mary Genco and Susan Bhirud
|Treasurer/ Mailing List||Martha Banks|
|Hospitality||Sally Schlachtenhaufen, Margie Anderson and
|Publicity||Sallie Raleigh, Margie Anderson, Adria Bates,
Noel Bradley, Ann Lang and Christy Munro
|Book List||Ann Lang, Amy Squyres and Robin Harvey|