The Russia Program Annual Conference
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
The Russia Program Annual Conference is a major gathering of rising and confirmed social scientists deeply invested in Russian Studies. It seeks to provide cutting-edge insights into the study of a Russia at war and to provoke discussion on the myriad of ways the decision to invade Ukraine affects Russian society, governance, the economy, and the intricate web of international relations, especially with countries in the Global South.
Conference Program
May 8, 2024

The Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E St NW, Washington DC

Lindner Commons Room 602

09:00 – 09:15
Opening Remarks
Ivan Grek, The George Washington University
09:15 – 10:45
Interpreting Russian Society at War Time
Chair: Henry Hale, The George Washington University

Factoring Identity in Russians’ Support for the War
Maria Snegovaya, Georgetown University, Center for Strategic and International Studies

No Turning Back: Social Divisions and a New Vision for Russia
Greg Yudin, Princeton University

Russian Exodus to Dubai Following the Ukraine Invasion
Natalya Savelyeva, University of Wisconsin

Supporting the War vs. Supporting Putin: Evidence from the List Experiment
Margarita Zavadskaya, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
10:45 – 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30
Russian Economy’s Adaptation to Sanctions
Chair: David Szakonyi, The George Washington University

Russia's Alternative Globalization: New Linkages in a Post-Invasion World
Ilya Matveev, UC Berkeley

The Challenging Landscape of Russian Oil Exports: Analyzing Trade Routes, Balances, and the Dynamics of Energy Cooperation
Anna Klishina, The Russia Program at GW

Russian Business in 2022-2023: Sources of Resilience, and Expectations for the Future
Andrey Yakovlev, Davis Center, Harvard University
12:30 - 1:30
Poster session on new research in the field of Russian studies


Chechen Lessons for Post-Soviet States
​​Marat Iliyasov, Visiting Scholar at GW
Conference Room Voesar, 4th floor (from 12:30 to 1:30pm)
1:30 - 3:00
Russia and the Global South

Chair: Irina Busygina, Davis Center, Harvard University

The Russian Idea of Multipolarity: A Great Power Grand Strategy?
Ivan U. Klyszcz, International Centre for Defence and Security

Beyond China: Russia’s post-2022 Turn to Arctic Cooperation with the Global South
Lukas Benjamin Wahden, Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l'École Militaire

Framing the Frontlines: Topic Modeling Media Narratives on the Ukraine Crisis
Raushan Zhandayeva, The George Washington University

What Underlies Moscow's Good Relations with the US's Middle East Partners in the Ukraine War Era?
Mark N. Katz, George Mason University
Coffee Break
How Does the Russian State Transform?
Chair: Ivan Grek, The George Washington University

Conciliar Bodies and the Wartime Russian Regime: State, Security, and Coordinating Councils under Dictatorship
Julian G. Waller, Center for Naval Analyses

Russian Propaganda from V to Z: Appropriating and Projecting Everyday Nationalism in Unsettled Times
Paul Goode, Carleton University

Russian Authoritarian Federalism: How to Solve the Regime's Legitimacy Problem
Irina Busygina, Davis Center, Harvard University

Policy Studies Perspective on Russia's Military Future
Kirill Shamiev, European Council on Foreign Relations
Closing remarks and Reception