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Since 2004 JHU/APL has organized and sponsored a recurring series of seminars on national security and foreign relations topics.  These free events, held near the Pentagon, bring together distinguished speakers and those interested in exploring such important issues.  The evening seminars are open to the public with videos and related materials later posted to this website.

The 10th Rethinking Seminar Series is focusing on Rethinking U.S. Enduring Strengths, Challenges, and Opportunities. Video, audio, and bulleted notes files from our previous events are available under the Past Series and Speakers tabs above.   Videos of the last 3 years of Rethinking Seminars are also available on a JHU/APL Seminars YouTube Playlist - Rethinking Seminar Series
Monday, June 9th 2014Pentagon City Marriott Residence Inn
Professor Paul Goble
The Institute of World Politics
Rethinking Russia: History, Current Challenges, and Future Ambitions

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn, Estonia and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. While there, he launched the Window on Eurasia series. Prior to joining the EuroCollege faculty in 2004, he served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He writes frequently on ethnic and religious issues and has edited five volumes on ethnicity and religion in the former Soviet space. Trained at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Chicago, Professor Goble has been decorated by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for his work in promoting Baltic independence and the withdrawal of Russian forces from those formerly occupied lands.

For the Rethinking Seminar, Professor Goble will discuss topics including:
     • An overview of Russian history that may have impact today
     • Current issues Russia is facing including its changing demographics
     • Russia’s current and potential future economy as new energy sources develop outside of Russia
     • Russia’s reliance on its neighbors and its desire to control them
     • Russia’s current leadership and what is driving it including:
          o Whether or not it is truly empire-building and if so where these efforts might end
          o What potential future decisions it is likely to make
     • Concerns about Russia for Europe, NATO and the US including:
          o The potential for an escalating conflict with the West
          o The pros and cons of any potential options the US and the West may have in their relations with Russia

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ADM James Stavridis, USN (ret)
17 April 2014
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

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