On Living with Russian Ambition: Perspectives form Central Europe and the Baltics

A panel discussion featuring:

Vaira Vike-Freiberga, scholar-in-residence at the Arizona State University Barrett, The Honors College; former president of the Republic of Latvia and current president of the World Leadership Alliance/Club De Madrid. She received her doctorate in experimental psychology from McGill University and served as a professor at the University of Montreal for over 30 Years. Returning to Latvia where she was born, Vike-Frieberga played an instrumental role in achieving membership in the European Union and NATO for her country and raised the nation's recognition in the world through her international activities. She was appointed special envoy on United Nations reform in 2005 and was an official candidate for the post of UN secretary general in 2006.

Michael Kraus, Frederick C. Dirks Professor of political science; directs Russian and East European studies at Middlebury College. Native of Prague, he earned his doctorate in politics at Princeton. He is the recipient of major national fellowships from the National Council of Soviet and East European Research, Ford Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Fulbright-Hays, Rotary International Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council. His publications include "Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution;" "Russia and Eastern Europe After Communism: The Search for New Political, Economic and Security Systems;" "Perestroika and East-West Economic Relations: Prospects for the 1990s;" as well as book chapters and articles in the Journal of Democracy, Current History, Foreign Policy, Politique Internationale; New England Review; European Affairs; and elsewhere.

Holger Roonemaa, currently a 2017-2018 Hubert Humphrey Fellow at ASU, is the head of news for Eesti Päevaleht, a major daily newspaper in Estonia, and delfi.ee, a major internet portal in the Baltics. Under his leadership, his reporters have won several national journalism awards. Individually, Roonemaa has been nominated for the Journalist of the Year award from his newspaper, the only journalism award event in Estonia, conducted by the Estonian Newspaper Association. With 10-plus years of journalism experience and an expertise in politics, defense and security, corruption and crime, Roonemaa has been involved with several cross-border investigative journalism projects. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism from the University of Tartu (Estonia).

Szabolcs Panyi, currently a 2017-2018 Hubert Humphrey Fellow at ASU, is a leading investigative journalist at Hungary’s most-read independent news site, Index.hu, and VSquare.org, a Central European cross-border investigative journalism initiative, supported by the National Endowment for Democracy. He has won the Gőbölyös Soma Prize, awarded for the best investigative articles in his country, for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. His reporting focuses on anti-corruption and national security-related issues, mostly Russian influence and disinformation.


A following reception will be held in Memorial Union, Mohave room 236



Parking is available in the ASU Apache Boulevard Parking Structure, which is located on Apache Boulevard between College Avenue and Normal Avenue in Tempe.   https://www.asu.edu/parking/maps/tempe-current.pdf


Event sponsored by the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies; Barrett, The Honors College; the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies
David Brokaw
Feb 13 2018 - 5:00pm
Memorial Union, Pima room 230
Tempe campus