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The Alexander Dallin Lecture in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Affairs

Alexander Dallin

The Annual Alexander Dallin Lecture was founded in 1998 to honor Professor of History and Political Science Alexander Dallin, a founder of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Stanford and the CREEES director from 1985-89 and 1992-94. The Dallin Lecture is co-sponsored by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

2019-20 Lecture

January 23, 2020

"Chekist in the Kremlin: The KGB Roots of Putin's Decision-Making and Policies"

Steven Hall, Central Intelligence Agency

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Past Lectures


"Work in Transition: Transformation of Work in Russia and other Post-Communist Countries"
Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


"Reformed to Death: The Strange End of the USSR"
Vladislav Zubok, Professor of International History, London School of Economics


"Russia's Economy of Favors in Context: Evidence from the Global Informality Project"
Alena Ledeneva, Professor of Politics and Society at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London


"Russia as a Global Challenge"
Lilia Shevtsova, Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an Associate Fellow at the Russia-Eurasia Program, Chatham House - The Royal Institute of International Affairs


"Ukraine: What is the Fight All About?"
Volodymyr Dubovyk, Associate Professor; Director of the Center for International Studies, Odessa National University


"Anthropology of Cultural Models: Two Ways of Apprpriating History in the 1920s"
Mikhail Iampolski, Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University


"Why There are No Post-Communist Autocracies with God Institutions"
Andrei Melville, Dean of the Faculty of Politics, Higher School of Economics


"Russia on the Verge: What After the Post-Soviet Paradigm?"
Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs


"The Putin System: Hollowing Out Public Institutions"
Marie Mendras, Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po University and Research Fellow, National Center for Scientific Research


"Russia, its Neighbors, and the U.S. Since 1991"
Thomas W. Simons, Jr., Visiting Scholar, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Lecturer in Government, Harvard University, and Consulting Professor in 20th-Century International History, Stanford University


"The Unstable Politics of Russian Diarchy: Some Preliminary Thoughts"
Peter Reddaway, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University


"Russia Before the Parliamentary and Presidential Election: Towards a New Authoritarian Regime"
Lev Gudkov, Levada Center Moscow


"Perspectives on Boris Yeltsin in History"
Tim Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies and Director of Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies


"Gorbachev Revisited"
Archie Brown, Emeritus Professor of Politics, Oxford University


"Russia's Foreign Policy After the Ukrainian Revolution"
Dmitri Trenin, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow Center


"Russia After the Presidential Election"
Yuri Levada, Director Levada Center (Formerly VTsIOM-A)


"New War, New Allies: If the US Can't Go it Alone, Whom Should it Go With?"
The Honorable Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations Former US Ambassador at Large for the New Independent States: Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow Center


"Russia and the World After America's Autumn of Tears"
Robert Legvold, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University


"Vladimir Putin: Opportunities and Constraints"
Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow Center


"Transitions in Imperial Russian and Soviet Public Culture"
Jeffrey Brooks, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University


"What is Central Asia and Can it be Integrated?"
S. Frederick Starr, Chair, Central Asia Institute, John Hopkins University