With a possible frozen conflict developing in eastern Ukraine, Russia has begun to consolidate neighboring breakaway territories into a distinct group of semi-sovereign entities that frustrate Western efforts in the region. This Russian strategy, based on six identifiable “scripts of sovereignty,” has exposed a contradiction in the West’s own approach: that of promoting both Western integration and the preservation of existing borders in states that remain deeply divided on the issue. What steps can both sides take to turn the region into an area of cooperation – and will it require a new model for governance in Eurasia?
Please join us for a discussion with Alexander Cooley, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and Deputy Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, on the future of territorial arrangements in the post-Soviet space. The event will mark the release of Dr. Cooley’s report as the first publication for CGI’s After Ukraine program, which examines the long-term implications of the Ukrainian crisis. Thomas de Waal, Senior Associate for Russia and Eurasia at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will join as the discussant. Konstantin Avramov, Program Director at CGI, will moderate the Q&A.
About the Speakers:
Alexander Cooley is Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and Deputy Director for Social Sciences Programming at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. Cooley is the author of four academic books that examine how external actors – including international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs, and foreign military bases – have influenced the development and sovereignty of the former Soviet states. His latest book, Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest for Central Asia (Oxford 2012), examines the multipolar politics of US-Russia-China competition for influence in Central Asia.
Thomas de Waal is a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in the South Caucasus and Black Sea regions. His latest book is Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (Oxford 2015).