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The Dissolution of the Soviet Union and Its Consequences


November 22, 2016
12:15pm - 4:00pm
Room S354, CGIS South Building
November 22, 2016
12:15pm - 4:00pm
Room S354, CGIS South Building

This half-day symposium will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, with a specific focus on the consequences that the collapse had on the people and politics within the Former Soviet States. The first panel will focus primarily on the political and historical consequences of the collapse. The second panel will highlight aspects of the lived experience during the waning years of the Soviet Union. Nicholas Daniloff, who was a bureau chief in Moscow for U.S. News and World Report in the mid-1980s, will discuss his arrest by the KGB in August 1986, an event that kept him in Lefortovo Prison for nearly two weeks and sparked a crisis in US-Soviet relations at the very time that Mikhail Gorbachev had indicated a desire to change the USSR and Soviet foreign policy. Two short videos about the event will be shown. Following this, filmmaker Gregory Amnouel will show his documentary film "Awakening," which recounts the aborted August 1991 coup in Moscow. The screenings will be followed by Q&A with both Amnouel and Daniloff.

This event is being held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition “The Demise of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991: A 25-Year Retrospective" and as a follow-up to the exhibit's opening panel from November 21st.

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Panel 1: The Dissolution of the Soviet Union and Its Consequences--History, Politics, and Policy (12:15-2:00pm)

Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University; Director, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; Faculty Associate, Davis Center

Thomas W. Simons, Jr., Former Senior U.S. State Department Official; Center Associate, Davis Center

William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Amherst College

Odd Arne Westad, Professor of History, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Chair: Mark Kramer, Program Director, Cold War Studies Project, Davis Center


Panel 2: The Dissolution of the Soviet Union and Its Consequences -- Lived Experience and Media (2:15-4:00pm)

Nicholas Daniloff, Professor of Journalism Emeritus and Former Dean, Northeastern University School of Journalism; Davis Center Associate

Gregory Amnouel, Filmmaker, Director of Awakening, a documentary film about the aborted August 1991 coup in Moscow

Chair: Mark Kramer, Program Director, Cold War Studies Project, Davis Center

Sponsors

  • Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
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