Week Four :: July 14–21

Russia and the West

A quarter-century has passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union — and the promise of new relationship with the West — yet we find ourselves at what some consider the brink of a new Cold War. What has happened to damage relations between Russia and the West over 25 years, how have power dynamics changed in the age of digital and information warfare, and what must we understand about the recent history of Vladimir Putin’s Russia and its relationship with the West and the world? Building upon the work of the Chautauqua Conferences on U.S.-Soviet Relations of the 1980s and 1990s, we reaffirm our need for a deeper cultural understanding of Russia, its history and its people.

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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.


  • Monday, July 16, 2018 | 10:45am

    Chris Coons

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    U.S. senator from Delaware

    Chris Coons was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 following terms as New Castle County Council president and New Castle County executive. In the Senate, he sits on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | 10:45am

    William J. Burns

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    President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation

    William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 10:45am

    Nina Khrushcheva

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    Professor of International Affairs, The New School

    Nina Khrushcheva is Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School, author of The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey Into the Gulag of the Russian Mind, and biological great-granddaughter (and adopted granddaughter) of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 10:45am

    Alina Polyakova

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    David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

    Alina Polyakova is the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program's Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings Institution, where she specializes in European politics, far-right populism and nationalism, and Russian foreign policy.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, July 20, 2018 | 10:45am

    Masha Gessen

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    Author, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

    Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of numerous books, including The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction. 

    Location: Amphitheater