Black Russian/White Russian: Is Russia Undermining or Saving Europe?

What is Putin doing? What does the fate of Crimea mean for Europe? What is the role of the EU in relation to Russia? Is Russia’s aggression a good thing? Is Russia trying to regain its Cold War territory? We will consider these seminal questions at this event.

Wednesday, March 15, 3:00 pm.
Policy Lab, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania.

Related articles:
Read Vladimir Putin’s 2013 New York Times Op-Ed.
And The Washington Post‘s Fact-Check.
Mitchell Orenstein’s Foreign Affairs article.
Another Take on Russia, The Guardian. 

Panel Participants:

Rudra Sil is Professor of Political Science at Penn and the SAS Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business.  His research and teaching interests encompass comparative politics, international relations, Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies, labor politics, development studies, qualitative methodology, and the philosophy of the social sciences.  He is author of Managing ‘Modernity’:  Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia (2002) and Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (2010), coauthored with Peter Katzenstein. He specializes in comparative labor politics, institutional analysis, development studies, Russia/post communist sitdues, and Asian studies.

Philip Nichols is a professor of Legal Studies and Buisiness Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He recieved his AB from Harvard, and his LMM  and JD from Duke University. He has been the recipient for a Fulbright Fellowship, many teaching awards, and a Ralph J Bunche Award for Best International Paper. His research interests include emerging economies, corruption, international trade and investment.  Prior to his professorship at Penn, Philip taught at the National University of Mongolia, the Indian School of Buisiness, Korea University in Seoul, and Singapore Management University. He has two forthcoming books on corruption in business, Corruption, Business Law, and business Ethics and Public Sector Corruption and the Private Business Firm.

Mitchell Orenstein is a scholar of international politics focusing on the political economy of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, pension privatization worldwide, and the role of policy paradigms in economic reform.  His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international political economy, and global public policy, employing a problem-driven research approach based on asking big, policy-relevant questions and answering them through carefully designed, in-depth field research. His book Roma in an Expanding Europe: Breaking the Poverty Cycle, co-authored with Dena Ringold and Erika Wilkens, is a seminal study of Roma poverty, sociology, and public health.  It won the Voter’s Choice Award for the most innovative analytical and advisory activity and the World Bank Europe/Central Asia Knowledge Fair in 2004.  He most recently appeared as a discussant at our European Neoliberalism event.


Mitchell Orenstien