Distinguished Lecture Series – Dr. Andrew Kuchins

Photo taken by Anna Kucherova

Thousands of protesters gather to express their anger over the alleged electoral fraud

On February 2nd at 4 pm, Dr. Kuchins will take part in REEEC’s Distinguished Lecture Series by presenting a talk entitled “Russia’s Leadership and U.S.-Russia Relations.”

The lecture will take place on the third floor of the Levis Faculty Center, 919 West Illinois Street, Urbana.
A reception will immediately follow on Levis’ second floor.

While here, Dr. Kuchins will visit the REES 201 course – Introduction to Eastern Europe to speak on the broader impact of Russia’s elections and its government on surrounding nations as well as speak at a OLLI lunchtime lecture on February 3 at Noon.

Dr. Andrew Kuchins

Andrew Kuchins is a senior fellow and the 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. A great deal of his more recent scholarship has been devoted to the Project on the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) and his analysis of the situation in Afghanistan, emphasizing the importance of an economic strategy in conjunction with the U.S. military presence there. His recent publications include The Key to Success in Afghanistan: A Modern Silk Road Strategy, coauthored with S. Fred Starr (Central Asia’Caucasus Institute, May 2010), Russia after the Global Economic Crisis, coedited with Anders Aslund and Sergei Guriev (Peterson Institute, June 2010), ‘The Speeding Troika’ (Russia Beyond the Headlines, September 2010), and ‘Keep on Truckin” (Foreign Policy, October 2010). From 2000 to 2006, Kuchins was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he was director of its Russian and Eurasian Program in Washington, D.C., from 2000 to 2003 and again in 2006, and director of the Carnegie Moscow Center in Russia from 2003 to 2005. He has also 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.

For information about these upcoming events please contact Katrina Chester (krchest@illinois.edu)

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