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China, Russia, and the World


Friday, April 7, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
IMU State Room East


Presidents from left to right: Islam Kamirov (former president of Uzbekistan), Nursulatan Nazerbayev (Kazakhstan), Xi Jinping (China), Almazbek Atambayev (Kyrgyzstan), Vladimir Putin (Russia), and Emomali Rahmon (Tajikistan).


The successor to REEI’s annual Roundtable on Postcommunism, “China, Russia, and the World” is a series of annual symposia that focus on the engagement (economic, cultural, political) of China and Russia with particular regions of the world. This year’s symposium will address Chinese and Russian involvements in Central Asia, exploring the consequences of these involvements for the region and tracing the motivations that have shaped the nature of relations between the Central Asian states, Russia, and China, from the Cold War into the present.

Biographical Information:


Millward James A. Millward is a Professor of Inter-societal History at the Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of History, Georgetown University. He received his bachelor's degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard in 1983, his MA in East Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in 1985, and his Ph.D. in history from Stanford in 1993. He teaches a variety of classes on Chinese, Central Asian and world history at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Millward Dr. Mariya Y. Omelicheva is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Kansas. Her fields of interest are: Security Policy, State Security and Human Rights, Human Rights Law, Non-governmental Actors of World Politics.

Millward Dr Artemy Kalinovsky is an Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He is author of A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011). His current research is on Soviet modernization projects in Central Asia.


Millward Gardner Bovingdon is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Studies and Assistant Professor at the Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University. His research interests are: Politics in contemporary Xinjiang, History of modern Xinjiang, Historiography in China, and Nationalism and ethnic conflicts.

Millward Dina Rome Spechler is an Associate Professor at the Department of the Political Science. Her research interests are in comparative foreign policy and international relations, particularly Russian, Soviet, and American foreign policy and the international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia. Her current research deals with the explanation of major foreign policy change and with competing tendencies in Russian foreign policy. She is also completing work on a collaborative study of rural development in Tajikistan.


Millward Sara Friedman is an Associate Professor at the Antropology Department, Indiana University. Her research to date has examined the connections between large-scale political processes and intimate life, with particular attention to the place of state power and citizenship in gender identities, intimate relationships, and bodily practices of dress, labor, and sexuality.

Millward Sarah D. Phillips is a Professor at the Antropology Department and the Director of the Russian and East European Institute. Her broad research interests have been to track the variable effects of socialist collapse on people’s lives, especially in terms of gender formations, health, social inequalities and social justice, and changing citizen-state relations. Areas of major inquiry have included the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster on health and healing strategies, the symbolic fallout of Chernobyl, the role of women in Ukraine’s civil society, and, most recently, the politics and poetics of disability.

For the recording, please follow the link.


East Asian Studies Center, Russian and East European Institute, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center

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