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Alexander Dallin

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

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

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

Steven Hall, Central Intelligence Agency

January 23, 2020

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

40th Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference - "Dislocation"

The Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference on Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

CREEES and UC Berkeley's Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies co-sponsor an annual joint conference. The first conference was held in Berkeley in 1977, and it has alternated campuses each year since. The list of conference topics is far-ranging and reflects more than three decades of advancing scholarship in the area.

Past Conferences

2019: "From Liberalism to Neoliberalism: the New Europe at 100"

2018: "Empires Past and Present"

2017: "1917-2017: 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution"

2016: "Dislocation"

2015: "The Collapse After a Quarter Century: What Have we Learned About Communism and Democracy?"

2014: "Emancipation"

2013: "The Politics in History in the Wake of Socialism"

2012: "From Prague Spring to Arab Spring: Global & Comparative Perspectives on Protest and Revolution"

2011: "Varieties of Post-Socialism"

2010: "Memory and Media in Russia, East Europe, and Eurasia"

2009: "1989: Twenty Years Later"

2008: "Political Succession in Russia"

2007: "Ukraine: History and Society"

2006: "Glasnost' Evaluated: 1986-2006"

2005: "The Caucasus: Culture, History, Politics"

2004: "Spatial Form: Centers, Borders, and Construction of Difference in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia"

2003: "The Power of Ideas and Ideas of Power in Eastern Europe and Eurasia"

2002: "Political Violence in Russia and Eastern Europe"

2001: "Memories, Generations and Life Histories in the Making of Post-Communism"

2000: "Law, Legality and Justice in Russia and Eastern Europe"

1999: "The New Elites in Post-Communist Societies"

1998: "Religion, Politics and Spiritual Life in Russia, the USSR and the Post-Soviet Union"

1997: "The Invention of Tradition After Communism"

1996: "Strategies of Nationhood in Multi-ethnic Settings"

1995: "Time and Money in Russian Culture""

1994: "Russia and Her Neighbors"

1993: "The Disintegration of Multinational Communist States"

1992: "The Consequences of the Collapse of the Soviet Union"

1991: "Beyond Leninism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union"

1990: "The Nationalities Question: The Future of the Soviet Union"

1989: "The Future of Socialism in Eastern Europe"

1988: "Knowledge, Power, and Truth: Scholarship and the Humanities in the Gorbachev Era"

1987: "Reforming Socialist Systems: The Chinese and Soviet Experiences"

1986: "Windows on Soviet Society: Viewing the Soviet Union through Various Disciplines"

1985: "The Soviet Union in World War II: A Retrospective Assessment"

1984: "Current Trends in Eastern Europe"

1983: "The Soviet Union in World War II: A Retrospective Assessment"

1982: "The Soviet Union and the United States: Mutual Perceptions and Influences"

1981: "1905: A Point of Departure"

1980: "Twentieth Century Russia"

1979: "The Humanities and Social Sciences in the USSR: Current Studies and Trends"

1978: "The 30th Anniversary of the Cominform Resolution: An Appraisal of the Tito-Stalin Split"

1977: "Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago: An Appraisal"