WCED Colloquium - "The Russo-Georgian War and the Prospects for Democratization in Postcommunist Space"
M. Steven Fish, professor, Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. Sponsored by the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies and Center for Russian and East European Studies.
How are conflicts around Russia's periphery affecting the prospects for democratization in Russia's neighbors and Russia itself? Is Russia's increasing assertiveness a sign of genuine resurgence--or weakness and vulnerability? What lessons have leaders and mass publics in Russia, the Caucasus, and other parts of the postcommunist world taken away from recent experiences, and are those lessons the right ones? What role has the United States played in recent developments in Eurasia and East Europe, and has its policy been constructive?