July 6, 2018
Dear friends and affiliates of the Jordan Center:
It’s not always the case that I can say this, but it is the summer of 2018 and that means all eyes are on Russia! As I still continue to marvel over the fact that Russia beat Spain earlier this week, I hope you too are enjoying the World Cup from wherever you may (or may not) be watching it. But even when the World Cup comes to a close and we are no longer getting requests from friends for “something to do in Moscow if I’m there for a day”, the world’s attention will once again turn to Russia in mid-July for the Trump-Putin summit. Interesting times, indeed.
Here at the Jordan Center we have concluded yet another academic year dedicated to our support of the study of all things Russia. We continue to do this through a variety of different approaches: supporting the academic research of our faculty and students; hosting short-term visiting scholars; and sponsoring high quality lectures, panel discussions, colloquia and conferences. This year was no exception, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some of our year-end numbers with you. In 2017-2018, the Jordan Center:
- Funded 8 graduate students for either language training or dissertation research
- Hosted and funded 9 Short Term Fellows in Residence from six different countries
- Hosted 11 Visiting Scholars
- Hosted 37 public talks and/or colloquia
- Hosted 7 conferences on the following topics:
- Africa and the Soviet Union: Technology, Ideology, and Culture
- 1821: What Made It Greek and Revolutionary?
- Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Liberalism
- What’s Russian about Russian Realism?
- Russia’s Relations with the West One Year after the US Presidential Elections (co-sponsored with PONARS Eurasia)
- 2018 North East Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies (NESEEES) Annual Conference
- 1821: What Made It Greek and Revolutionary? Part II
- Co-hosted 7 panels of the New York City-Russia Public Policy Series with Columbia’s Harriman Institute and sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York City. This year’s events were on the following topics:
- Back to the Future in Afghanistan? Prospects for U.S. – Russia Cooperation in a Time of Regional Uncertainty
- Russia and the 2016 US Presidential Election: What Happened, What do we Know, and What are we Going to Find Out?
- Analyzing Russia and the Changing Ideas Industry: Addressing the Decline of Regional Expertise in Academic and the Policy World
- Russia Hosts the World: Sports, Spectacle and Politics in 2018
- Putin’s Last Term?
- A Conversation with Russian Presidential Candidate Ksenia Sobchak
- The New US-Russian Cold War — Who Is To Blame?
In particular, I would like to draw your attention to the last of these events “The New US-Russian Cold War – Who is to Blame?”, which was a moderated debate between NYU Emeritus Professor Stephen Cohen and former Ambassador to Russia – and current Stanford University Professor – Michael McFaul. The two presented very different takes on what is a crucially important topic, but did so in a way that was civil, respectful, and ultimately enlightening for those witnessing the debate, something that is alas too infrequent these days. In my opinion, the event highlighted the beneficial role universities can play for society by allowing those with opposing views on important political topics to exchange those opinions in a constructivemanner in public. In addition to the 200+ people who joined us in person, the video of the debate has been viewed over 12,000 times.
In case you missed any of these events, I want to remind you that you can find recordings of all of these events on our website in the Video Archive as well as write ups of events in the Event Recap section. Our goal is for all of events to be accessible to anyone who is interested in them, regardless of whether they can attend in person and/or are free at the time we are holding it. And if you want to know more about these events ahead of time, please follow us on Twitter or Facebook. As always, we will continue live streaming as many of our events as possible, so feel free to join us virtually when you can!
Have a great summer, enjoy the rest of the World Cup, and hope to see you in the fall at the Jordan Center!
Joshua A. Tucker
Director, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia
PS. If you enjoy what we do at the Jordan Center and share our belief that now, more than, ever, the world needs informed information about all things Russia, please consider making a – still tax deductible! – gift to support the work of the center. If interested, you can make a gift online, or feel free to reach out directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.