Alexander Dallin

The Annual Alexander Dallin Lecture was founded in 1998 to honor Professor of History and Political Science Alexander Dallin, a founder of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Stanford and the CREEES director from 1985-89 and 1992-94. The Dallin Lecture is co-sponsored by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.


2014-15 LECTURE

"ukraine: what is the fighting all about"

Volodymyr Dubovyk, Associate Professor; Director of the Center for International Studies, Odessa National University

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:00 pm -- Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 113, Stanford University

Volodymyr Dubovyk is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at Odessa National University, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in history and his Ph.D. in political science/international relations. His teaching and research interests include U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-Ukraine relations, theory of international relations, Black Sea regional security, international conflict studies, and foreign policy of Ukraine. Over the years Dubovyk has been a member of the ISA, ECPR SGIR, CEE ISA and various other professional associations. He participates in PONARS Eurasia (New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia), a project based at George Washington University.


past lectures


"anthropology of cultural models: two ways of appropriating history in the 1920s"

Mikhail Iampolski, Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University

Today two anthropological models dominate academic discourse: one places humans in a technological network and defines them as post-human. The other places humans among animals. However, the technological and the vitalist approaches often come together and (as an inseparable couple) define human relation to history. Thislecture will focus on two anthropological models of the 1920s: one formalist (Shklovsky, Tynianov) and the other one, far less known, could be called systematic (Berg, Gurvitch, Kuzin, Liubishchev, etc.). The systematic approach to some extent shaped historical poetics of Mandelstam, Freidenberg, or Jacobson’s linguistics. 


"Why There are No Post-Communist Autocracies With God Institutions"

Andrei Melville, Dean of the Faculty of Politics, Higher School of Economics

Melville is dean of the faculty of politics at Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He previously held positions at MGIMO University and the Institute of the USA and Canada, and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1992 and 1994) and in Bergen (1997, 1999 and 2009).  He is member of the editorial boards of American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of International Relations and Development, Polis, and others.


"Russia on the Verge: What After the Post-Soviet Paradigm?"

Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs

Fyodor Lukyanov is editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, published in Russian and English with the participation of Foreign Affairs magazine. He has an extensive background in different Russian and international media, in which he worked from 1990 to 2002 as a commentator on international affairs.

Lukyanov now widely contributes to various media in the US, Europe and China. His monthly "Geopolitics" column appears in the Russian edition of Forbes magazine. He is a member of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, an independent organization providing foreign policy expertise and also a member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civic Society Institutions. 


"The Putin System: Hollowing out Public Institutions"

Marie Mendras, Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po University and Research Fellow, National Center for Scientific Research


"Russia, Its Neighbors, and the U.S. Since 1991"

Thomas W. Simons, Jr., Visiting Scholar, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Lecturer in Government, Harvard University, and Consulting Professor in 20th-Century International History, Stanford University


"The Unstable Politics of Russian Diarchy: Some Preliminary Thoughts" 

Peter Reddaway, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University


“Russia before the Parliamentary and Presidential Election: Towards a New Authoritarian Regime"

Lev Gudkov, Levada Center Moscow


“Perspectives on Boris Yeltsin in History”

Tim Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies and Director of Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies


"Gorbachev Revisited"

Archie Brown, Emeritus Professor of Politics, Oxford University


"Russia's Foreign Policy after the Ukrainian Revolution"

Dmitri Trenin, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow Center


"Russia after the Presidential Election "

Yuri Levada, Director Levada Center (Formerly VTsIOM-A)


"New War, New Allies: If the US Can't Go It Alone, Whom Should It Go With?"

The Honorable Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations Former US Ambassador at Large for the New Independent States: Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow Center 


"Russia and the World after America's Autumn of Tears"

Robert Legvold, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University 


"Vladimir Putin: Opportunities and Constraints"

Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow Center 


"Transitions in Imperial Russian and Soviet Public Culture"

Jeffrey Brooks, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University


"What is Central Asia and Can It Be Integrated?

S. Frederick Starr, Chair, Central Asia Institute, John Hopkins University