Paul Goble, Professor, Washington Institute of World Politics; Blogger, Window on Eurasia
Fatima Tlisova, Reporter, Voice of America; Investigative journalist, researcher and expert on the North Caucasus
S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS
Tuesday, January 28, noon to 2 p.m.
Rome Auditorium, 1st Fl.,
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Reception and light lunch, noon-12:30; program 12:30 to 2 p.m.
The Sochi Olympics have variously been described as the apotheosis of Putin’s rule and as a disaster in the making.Challenges arise from political, ethnic, and religious sources, which are the subject of this briefing by one of the world's closest observers of Sochi (Paul Goble’s blog windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com ) and an expert on the Circassian people, who consider Sochi their homeland, from which they were expelled when tsarist Russia ethnically cleansed the territory.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program form a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center focusing on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Turkey. The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Washington, D.C., is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the region. The Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy, is its European counterpart. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at www.cacianalyst.org.