Yale conference will delve into contemporary Russian politics

The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.

The Russian Studies Program at Yale will host a conference titled “Regime Evolution, Institutional Change, and Social Transformation in Russia: Lessons for Political Science” on Friday-Saturday, April 27-28.

The conference will feature Russian, European, and North American scholars who will discuss Russia’s political institutions and culture, the impact of Soviet legacies, and the future of global order. It will be held in Henry R. Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

The first day of the conference will focus on some of the most widely debated questions in current social scientific study of the Russian federation. The first panel will assess the current state of Russian studies in the political science discipline. The second will take a closer look at the specific political influence of Soviet legacies. The third panel will address the issue of social mobilization in Russia’s less-than-democratic regime. The first day will wrap up with the keynote panel on the future of U.S.-Russian relations featuring Celeste A. Wallander, who served as former special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director for Russia and Eurasia on the National Security Council.

The second day will begin with a panel discussion on Russia’s political culture. The second panel of the day will examine Russia’s incomplete Europeanization, efforts at nation building, misogyny and masculinity, and other issues. The next two panels will look at institutional reforms in the post-Soviet context and Russia’s public opinion formation, respectively. The final panel of the conference will explore the future of global order and Russia’s role in it. 

See the full conference program.

The conference is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation; the Edward K. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund; the European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center; the Department of Political Science; and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

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