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Stanford sponsors lecture series on Ukraine

The Center for Russian and East European Studies and the Institute for International Studies are jointly sponsoring a lecture series on Ukraine during Spring Quarter. All talks are free and open to the public:

April 23: Steven Pifer, U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000, will lecture on "Ukraine, the West and Russia."

April 30: Borys Dawkiw, a partner at the Baker & McKensie law firm who worked in Kyiv (Kiev) from 1992 to 2000, will discuss the "Legal and Business Climate in Ukraine."

May 7: Oleksandr Pavliuk, director of the East-West Institute in Kyiv and a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, will talk about "Ukraine in Political Crisis."

May 14: John Tedstrom, a senior economist at the Rand Corp. in Washington, D.C., will lecture on "Hope for Ukraine? Domestic Reforms and the Quest for Europe."

May 21: Thomas Simons, former U.S. ambassador to Poland and Pakistan, and Pifer will talk about "Poland and Ukraine: Post-Communist Paths Taken and Not Taken." A reception will follow the lecture. Simons is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a consulting professor in the History Department.

All talks will begin at 4:15 p.m. and, apart from the May 7 lecture, will be held in the Terrace Room on the fourth floor of Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460. The May 7 lecture will take place in the Newhall Room, Littlefield Center, Graduate School of Business.


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