The Ellison Center is proud to announce

We’ve launched an Accelerated REECAS MA Program for US Military Foreign Area Officers! Now FAOs can get the Russian, East European and Central Asian knowledge they want on a schedule that fits their career needs. To learn more, please click here.

Ellison Center Spotlight:

The Ellison Center is having a record number of events this quarter. If you can’t make it to campus, we’re happy to report that we are creating podcasts of most of our talks and there are four new podcasts up on SoundCloud and iTunes today!

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Upcoming Event Spotlight:

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ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL | One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying | November 20-22

The second edition of the festival will feature 7 Romanian films: comedies, dramas, and documentaries.
One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying – Tales of Resistance, the Romanian Film Festival in Seattle, is presented by the local non-profit American Romanian Cultural Society.
The festival will take place at SIFF Cinema Uptown, bringing together cinema enthusiasts and lovers of Romanian culture for a weekend of film and interaction with special guest speakers filmmaker Radu Gabrea, actress Victoria Cocias, and screenwriter Florin  Lazarescu from Romania.  New York based film critic Monica Filimon, SIFF Film programmer Maryna Ajaja, and local animation artist Neely Goniodsky will lead the Q&A sessions.

The event is organized in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and with the support of the Department for Relations with Romanians Abroad of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 4Culture in Seattle, the Department of Germanics, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Ellison Center at the University of Washington, SIFF, City Arts, NW Family Dental, and more than 70 private donors.



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We Have Podcasts!

The Ellison Center is now on iTunes and SoundCloud! We’re happy to announce that we are producing podcasts of our many events, so now you can enjoy REECAS lectures on the go. Look us up on iTunes by searching “Ellison Center UW” or check us out on SoundCloud. And don’t forget to subscribe! You’ll never need to miss an Ellison Center talk again.

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Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia related Winter 2016 course offerings are now available. Changes can be made to your course schedule via MyUW without being assessed a $20 Fee and possible tuition forfeiture until January 10, 2016.


Post-Soviet Economic Policy

Dr. George Wright

The newly independent states that emerged following the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991 were presented with the historic challenge of restructuring their societies and economies, integrating into a turbulent world economy, and raising living standards. Their economic development and stability have proved consequential in their roles ass crossroads between east and west, gateways to Iran and Afghanistan and major energy producers. The successor states are also a natural laboratory for economic development strategy since starting with a common Soviet legacy, they have followed different paths. How important are free markets and deregulation, privatization, export growth, emergence of financial sectors, fiscal discipline, and active diversification from natural resource base proving to be?

This course will focus on current economic policy issues among the 12 members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) that emerged from the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Rather than a broad survey of all countries in the region. The course will investigate specific policy issues in the context of example countries. The goal is to familiarize students interested in the region with the pros and cons of specific economic policy issues. We will focus on debates rather than arriving at specific answers. Along the way students will work with economic literature from the IMF, World Bank, and regional sources. Students are assumed to be familiar with introductory micro and macro economics and will learn some basics of international finance, macro stabilization policy and trade theory.



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