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Gel’man discusses Russia, Trump, bad governance

The force that keeps post-Soviet states trapped in bad governance, known as “Good Soviet Union,” is equivalent to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again,” according to political science professor Vladimir Gel’man. In a lecture on Tuesday, Gel’man discussed the causes and solutions to “bad governance” in post-Soviet states like Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.

Sanctions experts talk effectiveness in Russia, Iran

According to O’Toole, sanctions are just another tool of diplomacy that can be used against nations or individuals. When the United States imposes economic sanctions on an individual or company, U.S. citizens and companies cannot conduct business with the sanctioned entity. 

Suchkov speaks about Russia’s Middle Eastern strategy

Maxim Suchkov, a senior fellow at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, spoke at the University on Tuesday about Russia’s actions and future plans for Syria and its policy for the Middle East as a whole. 

Former Polish president Lech Wałęsa shares advice for next generation

Former president of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Wałęsa spoke at the University on Monday on the subject of solidarity in the 21st century. He discussed his personal experiences as president and as leader of his labor union, Solidarity, and the United States’s place in global leadership.

Ukrainian ambassador to the U.N. talks Crimean crisis

On Wednesday, Ukrainian ambassador to the U.N. Volodymyr Yelchenko spoke about Russia's annexation of Crimea and Russia’s unique war tactics. “All human life is precious. One death is a tragedy,” Yelchenko said.

One University alum and one graduate student each win Hertz Fellowships

On March 26, Dina Sharon '14, who majored in chemistry at the University, and Colin Defant, a first-year Ph.D. student studying mathematics, received the Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award. They were among the 10 Hertz fellows selected out of 700 applicants from across the United States.