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Professional Development Workshops

Supporting Government Transparency in Ukraine: The Role of NGOs and EU Policymakers

Tinatin Tsertsvadze, policy analyst, Open Society European Policy Institute

January 25, 2021
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Register at https://myumi.ch/v2oV7

The second CREES/Ford U.S.-Russia Future Leaders Professional Development Workshop will be led by Tinatin Tsertsvadze, policy analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute. Participants must be current U-M students and will be admitted, space pending, beginning January 11.

In October 2020, Ukraine’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s National Agency on Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) could no longer publish the electronic asset declarations of government officials. The court also struck down the imposing of criminal liability on government officials who provide false information on these asset declarations. The court’s decision represents a significant setback for government transparency advocates. The ruling may also negatively impact Ukraine - EU relations.

This workshop will have students analyze the role that international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can play in raising awareness of, and advocating for, increased government transparency in Ukraine. During the workshop, students will consider the practical steps NGOs can take to obtain buy-in from both Ukraine-based civic organizations and EU policymakers to advance anti-corruption efforts. Participating students must agree to complete select readings and a brief writing assignment prior to the workshop session. More details will be provided upon registration.

Students interested in attending should register at the following link: https://myumi.ch/v2oV7.

Tinatin Tsertsvadze, a policy analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute, will lead this workshop. She is an expert on human rights and rule of law policy in the European Union, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Before joining the Open Society European Policy Institute, she worked at the Human Rights and Democracy Network and the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue.

Assessing Information about Russia and Its Neighbors

Jill Dougherty (BA Russian ’70), Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

September 17 & 18, 2020

The inaugural CREES/Ford U.S.-Russia Future Leaders Professional Development Workshop will be led by Jill Dougherty (BA Russian ’70), Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Participants must be current U-M students and will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis beginning September 1. The two-session online workshop will help students develop journalistic skills to assess the views of Russians on wide-spread protests in neighboring Belarus against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Russians of all ages are drawing conclusions, both about Lukashenko’s control of his country, and about what lessons the public uprising has for Russian citizens living under the administration of Vladimir Putin. Special attention will be paid to the views of young Russians, wherever possible. Since this is a developing situation, students will have to think on their feet. Those students who register will receive short assignments the night before and after the first session. In the second session on Friday, students will receive feedback on their assignments and discuss a wide variety of news sources.

Jill Dougherty served as CNN correspondent for three decades. Her area of expertise is Russia and the post-Soviet region. She served as CNN's Moscow Bureau Chief for almost a decade. Other postings include: White House correspondent; Foreign Affairs Correspondent covering U.S. State Department; U.S. Affairs Editor; Managing Editor CNN International, Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong. She pursued research on Russia as a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and serves as member of the Kennan Institute Advisory Council. She is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. As an expert on Russia, she is a CNN on-air Contributor. Her articles have appeared in theatlantic.com; politico.com; wilsonquarterly.com; washingtonpost.com; cnn.com and other publications.