Simon Miles tracks key events in US-Soviet relations in the first half of the 1980s. He argues that covert engagement gave way to overt conversation as both superpowers determined that open diplomacy was the best means of furthering their own, primarily competitive, goals. Miles narrates the history of these dramatic years, as President Ronald Reagan consistently applied a disciplined carrot-and-stick approach, reaching out to Moscow while at the same time excoriating the Soviet system and building up US military capabilities.
The Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic proclaims rule of law as one of the fundamental values. As in many other states, there are serious discrepancies between this ideal and realities on the ground. Kyrgyzstan’s law enforcement system is riddled with capacity deficit and corruption. While there is no properly functioning rule of law, there is a certain order understandable to its participants. It is composed of formal laws, mandates and institutions (police quarters, courts and prisons) and informal rules of the game and networks. The panel will discuss Kyrgyzstan’s law-enforcement system, its key features and the trajectory of its development. A special attention will be paid to current events and their implications.
An artist, ethnographer, and art collector, although Savitsky (1915–1984) was born in Kyiv, raised and educated in Moscow, and then spent more than 30 years of his life in the Karakalpak ASSR – a paradigmatic back of beyond of the Soviet “empire”. How can Savitsky’s peculiar life trajectory be explained, and what motivated him? How did this unorthodox museum become possible given the ban on avant-garde art? How could an individual create a new state museum on a whim? The very composition of the museum’s collection, which embraces seemingly incompatible Russian modernist paintings and “Oriental” and “primitive” Karakalpak artifacts, raises doubts about the intentionality of this unusual combination.
In this roundtable, Roland Betancourt is joined by Allison Leigh (Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Roman Utkin (Assistant Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Wesleyan University) to discuss the long, rich, and complex histories of gender and sexuality in the afterlives of Byzantium, focusing on the key role that the Empire has played in the Slavic worlds.