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The Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University seeks to foster comprehensive understanding and multidisciplinary study of Russia and the countries of Eurasia. Founded in 1948 as the Russian Research Center, the Davis Center sponsors a master's program, seminars and conferences, targeted research, fellowships, undergraduate and graduate student support, and an outreach program. The center's more than 300 affiliates come from Harvard Univer ...
 
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The signatories of the Belavezha agreement believe it should serve as a consensus model for the world—an example of diplomacy, civil discourse, and nonviolent means of conflict resolution. The events at Belavezha are among the most momentous in modern history. But, unlike the fall of the Berlin Wall, most people have never heard of them. In the con…
 
Boris Yeltsin’s trip to a supermarket in Clear Lake, Texas, planted a seed of the USSR’s destruction. The United States won the Cold War with free-market capitalism—and Jell-O pudding pops. Still, astoundingly, the collapse of the USSR was not what the U.S. government wanted. In this episode, Dr. Yelena Biberman and Zachary Troyanovsky evaluate the…
 
Dr. Yelena Biberman and Zachary Troyanovsky explore the role of spontaneity at Belavezha, narrowing in on the exact moment of dissolution: a dinner party. The seating arrangement, a late arrival, and the sequence of phone calls all influenced the outcome. Did vodka? For a transcript of this episode and more, visit https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.ed…
 
How much agency did the signatories of the Belavezha Accords have? Factors outside of their control shaped their behavior in ways that even they could not have predicted. In this episode, Dr. Yelena Biberman and Zachary Troyanovsky seek wisdom from Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy to understand the dissolution of the USSR, as well as their own unu…
 
The Soviet Union drew its last breath on Sunday, December 8, 1991, in a hunting lodge inside the primeval Belavezha forest. The life of a global superpower—offering the last ideological alternative to liberalism—ended over a boisterous weekend. Many believe that it was doomed because of flawed ideals, but few know the story of the Belavezha Accords…
 
This panel discusses the development of British diplomatic efforts in Pakistan from 1947 through the “War on Terror,” as chronicled in the new book by Ian Talbot, Director of the Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Southampton and Research Affiliate at the Mittal Institute.…
 
In the fifth episode of The COVID Chronicles podcast, Dr. Satchit Balsari speaks with Anup Malani, as they explore India's initial response to the pandemic, the involvement of private sector in scaling up the testing strategies, and innovations in collecting COVID-19 data in India.Par The Mittal Institute, Harvard University
 
India’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been characterized by a pro-active public sector leadership and centralization of decision-making. The private sector and academics stepped up to the play in the early days in myriad ways, from wanting to boost testing capacity to providing models to forecast the spread of the disease. Few of these meas…
 
A panel from the second day of our Bangladesh at 50 conference.Hameeda Hossain, Ain o Salish Kendra, Forum MagazineShireen Huq, NaripokkhoNaila Kabeer, London School of EconomicsKhushi Kabir, Nijera Kori Moderator: Marty Chen, Harvard Kennedy School; WIEGOPar The Mittal Institute, Harvard University
 
The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral initiative to lay out the path to universal health coverage in India. Its guiding principle is that structural change toward universal health coverage can only be achieved through consultative and participatory engagement with the diverse sectors in…
 
A panel from the first day of our Bangladesh at 50 conference.Hossain Zillur Rahman, Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC)Faisal Ahmed, IMFAhmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale UniversitySajeda Amin, Population CouncilModerator: Lincoln Chen, formerly China Medical BoardPar The Mittal Institute, Harvard University
 
In the third episode of The COVID Chronicles podcast, Dr. Satchit Balsari speaks with Manoj Mohanan, Associate Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. His team’s paper published in the Lancet Global Health reports that seroprevalence (the number of individuals in a population who test positive for a specific disease bas…
 
In the second episode of The COVID Chronicles podcast, in collaboration with the Times of India, Dr. Satchit Balsari speaks with Enakshi Ganguly, child rights activist and the co-founder of HAQ: Centre for Child Rights. In July 2020, Ganguly was part of the 11-member expert committee set up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investig…
 
The Mittal Institute’s podcast series, “India In-Focus,” in collaboration with The Times of India, brings one-on-one discussions between faculty and experts from Harvard right into your home. Listen to prominent speakers discuss the latest transformative research and pivotal breakthroughs that have the potential to change how India conducts busines…
 
The Mittal Institute’s podcast series, “India In-Focus,” in collaboration with The Times of India, brings one-on-one discussions between faculty and experts from Harvard right into your home. Listen to prominent speakers discuss the latest transformative research and pivotal breakthroughs that have the potential to change how India conducts busines…
 
The Mittal Institute’s podcast series, “India In-Focus,” in collaboration with The Times of India, brings one-on-one discussions between faculty and experts from Harvard right into your home. Listen to prominent speakers discuss the latest transformative research and pivotal breakthroughs that have the potential to change how India conducts busines…
 
The Mittal Institute’s podcast series, “India In-Focus,” in collaboration with The Times of India, brings one-on-one discussions between faculty and experts from Harvard right into your home. Listen to prominent speakers discuss the latest transformative research and pivotal breakthroughs that have the potential to change how India conducts busines…
 
The Mittal Institute’s podcast series, “India In-Focus,” in collaboration with The Times of India, brings one-on-one discussions between faculty and experts from Harvard right into your home. Listen to prominent speakers discuss the latest transformative research and pivotal breakthroughs that have the potential to change how India conducts busines…
 
The India In-Focus podcast is back with a special mini-series that recaps the societal response to COVID-19 in India. Over the course of this seven-part series counting down to the one-year mark of the nationwide lockdown in India, our host Satchit Balsari talks with experts across industry. Each episode gives a narrative exploration of issues key …
 
Ronak Desai, Research Associate at the Mittal Institute, moderates a discussion between Nirupama Rao, Former Foreign Secretary of India, and Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT, as they explore how the potential outcomes of the 2020 US presidential election may impact the region of South Asia.…
 
Afghanistan was omnipresent in global news for the past two decades for all of the wrong reasons. In this podcast, the panelists explore modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism in Afghanistan to provide an updated, informed view of the country.Discussants:Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of D…
 
JOIN US FOR SESSION 3 ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020: https://bit.ly/2FceeMQUntil recently, Afghanistan was omnipresent in global news for the past two decades for all of the wrong reasons. Addressing primarily architectural, urban, and territorial aspects of Afghanistan, the second discussion in this series focuses on the history and traditions of …
 
JOIN US FOR SESSION 2 ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020: https://bit.ly/2HuPaS9Addressing primarily architectural, urban, and territorial aspects of Afghanistan, this discussion explores varied topics ranging from vernacular architecture and building traditions to infrastructure and cultural specificities in conjunction with issues related to historic s…
 
The impact of the 1947 Partition still ripples throughout South Asia, 73 years later. However, our knowledge of this historic event is constantly being reevaluated by academics and researchers who have continued to illuminate the details of what occurred. Moderated by Jennifer Leaning, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard…
 
In our latest podcast created with the Times of India, Shubhangi Bhadada, Mittal Institute Research Fellow, and Nadhra Khan, Associate Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, discuss the pre-Partition architecture of Lahore, how it has been forgotten or ignored, and the importance of remembering such buildings.…
 
The global apparel industry is currently facing an unprecedented crisis resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Major fashion retailers in the Global North are closing their stores and laying off workers. This discussion addresses how we can engage in dialogues and organize across borders to simultaneously hold the global retailers, governm…
 
The global apparel industry is currently facing an unprecedented crisis resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, as major fashion retailers in the Global North close their stores and lay off workers. In this clip, Dina M. Siddiqi — Clinical Associate Professor at New York University — discusses how the pandemic has forced us to think about i…
 
COVID-19 has shut down traditional education programs throughout South Asia, from primary education to higher education. This podcast delves into the unique challenges that the region is facing in the education sector, such as access to technology and the potential long-term effects of distance learning. Discussants:- Zainab Qureshi, LEAPS Director…
 
A recent panel discussion at the Mittal Institute, “Rethinking the Museum Experience During and Post-COVID-19" — moderated by Jinah Kim, Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University — explores how art institutions can remain nimble enough to respond to uncertainties, such as COVID-19, adapting their approach to tackle similar …
 
Enterprises have found themselves caught in the COVID-19 maelstrom across South Asia. This podcast explores the extent to which entrepreneurs have been able to work with both the state and civil society to limit the damage and distress caused by the pandemic, but also to begin exploring new opportunities that a possible “global reset” has opened up…
 
In this clip from our "Science, Business, and Vaccine Development to Combat the Pandemic" podcast, Umang Vohra — Managing Director and Global Chief Executive Officer of Cipla Ltd — discusses the balance between equitable access and vaccine nationalism, as well as the availability and affordability of the vaccine, with a focus on South Asia.…
 
How has COVID-19 impacted South Asia? In this podcast, a panel of experts share the geo-politics of how vaccines are developed, the funding and distribution methods that are critical to the effort, and the global alliances that facilitate this in the world today.- Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School & Director, Laksh…
 
How has COVID-19 impacted South Asia? Throughout the spring and summer, the Mittal Institute is bringing together Harvard faculty and in-region experts to discuss the various interdisciplinary issues that have arisen in South Asia in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the science of the virus to the impact on education, you can learn how COVID…
 
How has COVID-19 impacted South Asia? Throughout the spring and summer, the Mittal Institute is bringing together Harvard faculty and in-region experts to discuss the various interdisciplinary issues that have arisen in South Asia in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the science of the virus to the impact on education, you can learn how COVID…
 
How has COVID-19 impacted South Asia? Throughout the spring and summer, the Mittal Institute is bringing together Harvard faculty and in-region experts to discuss the various interdisciplinary issues that have arisen in South Asia in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the science of the virus to the impact on education, you can learn how COVID…
 
How has COVID-19 impacted South Asia? Throughout the spring and summer, the Mittal Institute is bringing together Harvard faculty and in-region experts to discuss the various interdisciplinary issues that have arisen in South Asia in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the science of the virus to the impact on education, you can learn how COVID…
 
We recently sat down with Alex Beaudette, Sapna Shah, and Ankur Goel: three members of Professor Conor Walsh’s research team who are working on the research and development of the Soft Robotics Toolkit. This project has grown out of research conducted at Harvard University, University College Dublin, and Trinity College Dublin to become a comprehen…
 
In case you missed it: Raj Rewal and Rahul Mehrotra recently stopped by the Mittal Institute to discuss Rewal's past architectural work in India and around the world. This podcast — an excerpt from their discussion — delves into the theme of the "Timeless Rasa."Par The Mittal Institute, Harvard University
 
Around the world, numerous nations have witnessed a resurgence of strongman politics — and with it, many governments have bypassed democratic norms and embraced populist ideals. Focusing on President Bolsonaro of Brazil and Prime Minister Modi of India, Professors Patrick Heller, Bruno Carvalho, and Rachel Brulé discuss what nationalist and populis…
 
Who will benefit from big health data in India? And who will be harmed? Whom will the data leave behind?We're at an extraordinarily important time in India where digital health is concerned, and given the infrastructure, internet connectivity, and the sheer number of computer and data scientists available, India is positioned to change the way heal…
 
Our latest podcast on Hinduism in Nepal features Gautama Vajracharya from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in a lecture on the ceremonial purposes of the lunar calendar, entitled “Newar Ritual Calendar — New Methodology, New Discovery.”Par The Mittal Institute, Harvard University
 
Over 80% of Nepal's population identifies as Hindu — a religion that been practiced in the nation for hundreds of years. In this podcast, Axel Michaels from Heidelberg University gives a fascinating lecture on Hindu ritual in Nepal, entitled "The Meaning of the Meaninglessness of Rituals."Par The Mittal Institute, Harvard University
 
We sat down with Sneha Shrestha, Arts Program Manager at the Mittal Institute, to learn more about the meaning behind her Nepali-inspired work, the most exciting art piece she's ever worked on, and the Visiting Artist Fellowship, which brings artists from South Asia to the Mittal Institute to perform research and utilize Harvard's resources.The dea…
 
Devaki Jain is an Indian economist and writer, whose long and distinguished career has been dedicated to the economic empowerment of women.Here, introduced by Harvard Professors Tarun Khanna and Diana Eck, Devaki Jain delivers the 2018/19 Mahindra Lecture, an annual event in honor of the late Harish C. Mahindra, a distinguished alumnus of Harvard C…
 
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