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‘A Year That Shook the World’: Princeton conference addresses heightened tensions between Russia and the United States

A two-day conference, "A Year That Shook the World: European and Eurasian Responses to America’s Withdrawal," at Princeton University examined heightened tensions between the United States and Russia.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The political initiatives of the Trump and Putin administrations have heightened tensions between the United States and Russia, as well as within Europe.

What are the geopolitical consequences and cultural repercussions of the United States newly announced global withdrawal strategy on relations between these two areas? What is the current state of European relations with Russia and Eurasia? Are we to anticipate a new Cold (or hot) War?

A two-day conference, "A Year That Shook the World: European and Eurasian Responses to America’s Withdrawal," from Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Princeton University, examined these issues.

Two keynote speakers framed the questions. Anatol Lieven, professor of international politics at Georgetown University in Qatar, spoke on "A Different Kind of Cold War: Russia as the 'Third West'." Lutz Niethammer, professor of modern and contemporary history at Friedrich Schiller University, discussed "The Time is Out of Joint: Some Interim Historical Remarks on Europe and Trump."

In addition, over 15 scholars participated from diverse disciplines and practices — such as diplomacy, anthropology, history, politics, international relations and literature — and from perspectives from Austria, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Lithuania, Germany and Russia.

The discussion was divided into six panels: "Mediated Conflict," "New Cartography," "Eurasia’s Promises," "Eastern Europe, Reconfigured," "Between Europe and Russia" and "How Cold is the New Cold War?"

The conference was organized by John Borneman, professor of anthropology and director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, and Serguei Oushakine, professor of anthropology and Slavic languages and literatures and director of the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

"A Year That Shook the World" was cosponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, the European Union Program and the European Crisis Group.