Leading world historians and Russia experts will speak at 2018 Gaidar Forum at RANEPA

The 2018 Gaidar Forum speakers will include world-famous historians, authors and expert in Soviet and Russian history: Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Stephen Kotkin, Sheila Fitzpatrick of Sydney University and Mark Steinberg of Illinois University.

The participants of the 9th Gaidar Forum at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) will discuss priority issues of Russia and the World: Values and Virtues. Leading experts fr om around the world will attend the event.

Stephen Kotkin is a Professor and Co-director of the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy at Princeton University, Director of the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies. He is also a Research Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He studied Russian and Soviet history at the University of California, Berkeley, wh ere he also earned his Master's and Doctoral degrees in history. Since 1986, he often came to the Soviet Union and Russia for academic research. He has been teaching at Princeton University since 1989, and directed Princeton's Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies from 1995 to 2008.

Dr. Kotkin is the author of several books on Russian and Soviet history, including Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization about the realities of life in Magnitogorsk in the 1930s. In 2001, he published Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000. Kotkin is often published in leading American publications.

American historian, Sovietologist, and expert in the Soviet history Sheila Fitzpatrick is one of the key figures in international studies of the Soviet period. She taught at the University of Melbourne (1962-1964), the University of Birmingham (1971-1972), the University of Texas in Austin (1973-1974), St. John’s University in New York (1974-1975), Columbia University (1975-1980) and the University of Texas in Austin (1980-1990). Since 1990, Sheila Fitzpatrick has been a professor at the University of Chicago. She is now a professor at Sydney University. Ms. Fitzpatrick earned her doctorate in 1969 from Oxford University. She was awarded the title of Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of the University of Chicago.

Even in her first works, she went deep into the study of the social and cultural dynamics of Soviet society. In the 1990s, her articles and books served as an important source for her Russian colleagues, helping them formulate questions that addressed the recent and obvious Soviet experience. Her new research has received no less attention and interest. Her main works are devoted to the everyday life of ordinary Soviet citizens during the Stalin period.

Mark Steinberg, a history professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, specializes on the cultural, intellectual, and social history of Russia and the Soviet Union in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Steinberg was director of the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, a national resource center designated by the Department of Education. Professor Steinberg completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Santa Cruz and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to taking his post at the University of Illinois, Professor Steinberg taught at the University of Oregon, Harvard University, and Yale University. He has received many awards for his teaching. In 2001, the University of Illinois gave him one of its highest honors and named him a University Scholar.

The organizers include the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The program outline is available at the forum website.

Participation is free; preliminary registration is required.

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The general partner of the Gaidar Forum is Gazprombank; strategic partners include AstraZeneca, Unilever, RZD, the ACIG Group of Companies, Mastercard, Microsoft, Russian Agricultural Bank, Johnson&Johnson; RVC, EY, Russian Brewers’ Union are partners.

The general information partners include the Rossiya 24 TV channel, RBC and TASS news agencies. The official news agency is RIA "Russia Today". The general online media partner is Gazeta.RU. The general radio partner is Business FM. The strategic information partners are the RT TV channel, Kommersant and Interfax. The main information partners are Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Federalpress news agency. Other media partners include, PRIME news agency, EFE, Polit.ru, Expert RA, Radio Ekho Moskvy, Parlamentskaya Gazeta, BRICS, National Banking Journal, Banking Review, Financial One, Standards and Quality news agency, AK&M, Ekonomika i Zhizn weekly, Invest Foresight online magazine, Strategia magazine, Naans Media, the Public Administration scientific political journal, and PRO BUSINESS TV channel.