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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin: 31st Annual Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture

Lecture | February 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Fiona Hill, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe; Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


Fiona Hill is director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. From 2006 to 2009, she served as the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is a frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, and has researched and published...   More >

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Unlikely Governor: An American Immigrant's Journey from the Ruins of Wartime Germany to the Federal Reserve Board

Lecture | February 4 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Robert Heller, Former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board

Institute of European Studies, Institute of Governmental Studies


In this engaging and entertaining memoir, Robert Heller chronicles his journey from the caves and cellars of war-ravaged Germany to the United States and his eventual rise to be a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board and President and CEO of VISA U.S.A.
He attends one of America’s worst colleges, but perseveres to earn a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley during the...   More >



EJ Dionne Book Talk: Why the Right Went Wrong

Lecture | February 4 | 3-5 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Institute of Governmental Studies


From one of the most engaging political reporters and the author of Why Americans Hate Politics; the story of conservatism from the Goldwater 1960s to the present day Tea Party that has resulted in broken promises and an ideological purity that drives moderate Republicans away.

Why the Right Went Wrong offers a historical view of the right since the 1960s. Its core contention is that American...   More >

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Rise of China and Japan’s New Security Strategy

Lecture | February 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Narushige Michishita, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


Japan's most important security policy goal is to create an environment under which China's rise will be peaceful and cooperative. In strategic terms, maintaining the balance of power in the region and creating crisis prevention and management mechanisms are the most effective means of achieving this.

To this end, Japan is taking three important steps. First, it is restructuring its defense...   More >

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Rise of the Constitution

Lecture | February 11 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Aziz Rana, Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School

The Program in Critical Theory


This lecture explores how the Federal Constitution became a site of near unanimous public support in American life. Rana argues that the dominance and substantive meaning of constitutional veneration is actually a relatively recent development—the product of a series of interconnected political struggles between the American emergence onto the global stage with the Spanish-American War and World...   More >

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Rise of Far-Right Nationalism in Europe and the Russia Angle: Implications for International Security and Foreign Policy

Colloquium | February 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room


Alina Polyakova, Deputy Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Center for Right-Wing Studies, Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


Far-right nationalist parties are on the rise in Western and Eastern Europe. Buttressed by the financial crisis of 2008, the ongoing migration crisis, and the threat of terrorist attacks, previously fringe political parties resonate with growing numbers of Europeans who are disenchanted with the European project. Many European far-right parties are also supporters of Russian President Vladimir...   More >

Friday, February 19, 2016

A Failure of Democracy in East Central Europe?

Lecture | February 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Anna Grzymala-Busse, Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of European and Eurasian Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


Is democracy failing in East Central Europe? The newly-elected Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice) government in Poland appears to be following the authoritarian template set by Fidesz in Hungary: undermining the Constitutional Court, restricting the media, purging public administration, and weakening oversight institutions. But this is not a rejection of democracy or a widespread...   More >