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.



2015-16 LECTURE

"russia as a global challenge"

Lilia Shevtsova is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an Associate Fellow at the Russia-Eurasia Program, Chatham House - The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:30 pm -- Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra Street

Lilia Shevtsova is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution (Washington), and an Associate Fellow at the Russia-Eurasia Program, Chatham House - The Royal Institute of International Affairs (London). She is the member of the boards of the Institute for Humanities (Vienna), the Finnish Centre for Excellence in Russian Studies (Helsinki), the Liberal Mission Foundation, and the New Eurasia Foundation (Moscow); a member of the International Forum for Democratic Studies’ Research Council(Washington); a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals: “American Interest,”“Journal of Democracy,” and “New Eastern Europe.“ Shevtsova was Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington) and the Moscow Carnegie Center, founding chair of the Davos World Economic Forum Council on Russia’s Future, and a member of the Council on Terrorism. “Foreign Policy” magazine included Shevtsova in the list of 100 Global Public Intellectuals. She was a participant at the Bilderberg Club meetings; served as Chair of the Program on Eurasia and Eastern Europe, SSRC (Washington) and member of the Social Council for Central and Eastern European Studies. She contributes to global leading media, including: Foreign Policy, FT, Washington Post, Le Monde, Monde Diplomatique, Die Zeit, Fokus, El Pais, American Interest, Survival, Journal of Democracy, Diplomaatia. 

Shevtsova is author of twenty books, including Yeltsin’s Russia: Myths and Reality; Putin’s Russia; Russia –Lost in Transition: The Yeltsin and Putin Legacies; Lonely Power (Why Russia Has Failed to Become the West and Why the West Is Weary of Russia), Russia: Change or Decay (in co-authorship with Andrew Wood), Crisis: Russia and the West in the Time of Trouble.

Click here to for the video recording of Lilia Shevtsova's talk. 

past lectures



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


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

Mikhail Iampolski, Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University


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

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


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

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


"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