Ellison Center News
John Simeone (MAIS REECAS 2013) co-wrote an article with committee-member Ivan Eastin (Professor, Environmental and Forest Sciences) on Russia's Log Export Tariff and WTO Accession. The article addresses specific Russian forest sector trends from 2007-2011, and appeared in the Autumn 2012 CINTRAFOR Newsletter.
Douglas Smith (Affiliate REECAS faculty) is writing a biography of Grigory Rasputin to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2016 on the centenary of the controversial holy man's murder.
Elizabeth Zherka (MAIS REECAS 2013) has been published online by TransConflict.com under the heading: "Human security through civil society in post-war Kosovo." Her paper is titled "Lessons learned: Challenges to building gendered human security through civil society in post-war Kosovo." Elizabeth's research identifies and explores the challenges to building gendered human security through local and international NGOs in Kosovo’s post-war NGO boom period.
Daniel Waugh (Prof. Emeritus, History, JSIS, Slavic) was twice in the UK in recent months. In November, he attended a conference at the British Library on the Southern Silk Road (the area of the southern Tarim Basin in Xinjiang). In February this year, he presented at a Silk Road/Central Asian exploration workshop at the Royal Geographical Society and a few days later gave the keynote talk at a small conference on “Asianization” at Durham University. He continues to write and publish, with an essay just out on “Travel and Travelers in Medieval Eurasia” in World History Connected, and another now in revised and edited form, on the “Great Game” in Central Asia after the revolutions of 1917, to appear next year in The International History of Russia’s Great War and Revolution. He continues to write for and edit The Silk Road, the journal of the Silkroad Foundation, one of his recent articles for it having appeared last year in Chinese translation and a second one currently being translated for publication in China this year.
Scott Radnitz (Director, REECAS) won a fellowship at the Simpson Center for the Humanities Society of Scholars for the 2013-2014 year for his project, "Conspiracy as a Mode of Political Discourse in Post-Soviet Russia and Georgia." He presented on a panel at Columbia University's Harriman Institute called "Political Patronage in Uncertain Times: Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East Compared."
The Ukrainian Studies Endowment Committee reports on a memorable year for the Ukrainian Studies Program at the University of Washington. After a two and half year hiatus it resumed the publication of the electronic Ukrainian Studies Newsletter, which published the fourth issue this year. Fundraising efforts have considerably intensified, especially in the second half of the year, raising close to $10,000 just within a short period of five months, from mid-August through December. With the assistance of the Ukrainian Association of Washington State the Ukrainian Studies program held its first live auction benefiting the Program. The Committee is particularly delighted to welcome Tania Bardyn, Director of Health Sciences Libraries and Associate Dean of University Libraries, who joined the Committee last fall. The Slavic Department is now offering new Ukrainian literature and culture courses. Maria G. Rewakowicz (Affiliate faculty, Slavic Department) will teach a new course covering the Ukrainian novel from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.