The Russian Political Culture after 1991

The current political situation in Post-Soviet countries, primarily the Russian
Federation, raises questions about the cultural roots of today’s prevailing nationalist
political ideologies and behaviours. The international scientific community
has to overcome the lack of knowledge about Russia’s Post-Soviet
history, also in order to avoid the sheer repetition of old clichés – liberal
-western opinions versus a despotic-eastern world. In addition, it has to
raise a second, but not less important, question: what intellectual and human
resources can we find in the Russian past and present that suggest latent
potentials for democracy and freedom? Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations
took on this double challenge and opened a forum on the evolution of Russian
political thought with a first two-day workshop in Berlin on June 22nd
and 23rd 2015, followed, on the 25th of June, by a public Round Table on the
political culture of today’s Russia. A second meeting was held in Washington
on March 31st /April 1st 2016 in collaboration with George Washington
University to explore Russian conservative ideology and a third Conference
was organized in Venice on June 17th/18th 2016 in collaboration with the
National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) to discuss
Russian political language, discourse and ideology with a focus on the
Russian notion of Liberalism and its demise. In 2017 papers presented during
this latter conference will be published in an edited volume.

The 2015 conference proceedings were published by Reset DOC in a volume
“The Power State is Back? The Evolution of Russian Political Though After
1991” (June 2016) and the 2016 conference proceedings will be published
by Reset DOC in March 2017. This international workshop aims at becoming
a permanent discussion platform on the Post-Soviet scenarios and their
relationships with Europe. Reset-Dialogues plans to publish the outcomes
and proceedings from this and future research workshops in cooperation
with top academic publishing houses.

The Russia Workshop has discussed the following topics
_ The Evolution of Russian Political Thought After 1991 (2015)
_ Locating ‘Conservative Ideology’ in Today’s Russia (March 2016)
_ State and Political Discourse in Russia (June 2016).

Among the participants in the Russia Workshop
Giuliano Amato (Judge of the Italian Constitutional Court and Former Prime
Minister of Italy); Pavel Baev (Oslo International Peace Research Institute);
Alexey Barabashev (National Research University Higher School of Economics,
Moscow); Tim Colton (Harvard University); Aleksandr Golts (Novaya
gazeta); Andrea Graziosi (ANVUR); Lev Gudkov (Levada Center); Steve
Hanson (The College of William and Mary); Vladislav Inozemtsev (VSE); Nina
Khrushcheva (The New School, New York); Mark Kramer (Harvard University);
Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University); Alexander Lukin (Vysshaya
Shkola Economiki); Sergey Markedonov (Institute for Political and Military
Analysis); Andrei Melville (National Research University Higher School of
Economics, Moscow); Alexey Miller (EU in Saint-Petersburg/CEU); Adam
Mickink (Gazeta Wyborcza); Olga Pavlenko (RGGU); Sergio Romano (Former
Italian Ambassador in Moscow); Roberto Toscano (Former Italian Ambassador
in Teheran and New Delhi); Victoria Zhuravleva (RGGU); Vladislav
Zubok (London School of Economics)

Further developments of the Project
A coming conference on Russian Liberalisms and their challenges will be
organized by Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations in partnership with the University
of Turin, the college of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virgina US) and
the George Washington University at the end of October 2017 (26/28) in
Turin. The aim is to strengthen the work and research on Russian Liberalism
in order to explore the empirical contextualization of what liberalism meant at
different times and the specific moments in which Russian liberals met with
challenges, e.g. nationalism, patriotism, war and how they coped with them.

A further event of this project will be organized in 2018 or 2019 in partnership
with the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg (Virginia, US).

Among scholars involved in the 2017 Turin Conference
Alexander Auzan, Moscow State University, Department of Economics
Gennadii E. Burbulis, International University in Moscow
Igor Christoforov, Higher School of Economics
Lev Gudkov, Levada Center
Aleksei Kara-Murza, Moscow State University
Igor Klyamkin, Liberal Mission Foundation
Andrey Kortunov, Russian International Affairs Council,
Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University
Sergey Medvedev, Higher School of Economics
Andrey Melville, Higher School of Economics
Benjamin Nathans, University of Pennsylvania
Alexander V. Obolonsky, Higher School of Economics
Rudol’f G. Pikhoia, Institute of History, Russian Academy of Science
Ekaterina Pravilova, Princeton University
Kirill Rogov, Liberal Mission
Georgii Satarov, INDEM Foundation
Yuri Senokosov, Moscow School of Civic Education
Viktor Sheinis, Institute of World Economy and International Relations
Evgeny Yassin, Liberal Mission-Higher School of Economics
Olga Zhukova, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences

International partners in this initiative
Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), George Washington
University; the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard
University; the Cold War Studies Program, Harvard University; the London
School of Economics; the Wendy and Emery Reves Centre for International
Studies, College of William and Mary; National Research University Higher
School of Economics, Moscow

Project Director: Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset DOC)

Scientific Coordinator: Prof. Andrea Graziosi (Anvur, University of Naples
Federico II), Prof. Alberto Masoero (University of Genoa)

Scientific Committee: Gianmaria Ajani (University of Turin); Alexey Barabashev
(Higher School of Economics, Moscow); Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset
DOC), Andrea Graziosi (Anvur, University of Naples Federico II), Stephen E.
Hanson (Reves Center), Mark Kramer (Cold War Studies and Davis Center),
Marlene Laruelle (European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington
University); Andrei Melville (Higher School of Economics, Moscow),
Alexandra Vacroux (Davis Center), Vladislav M. Zubok (The London School
of Economics and Political Science).