Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Arctic Urban Sustainability Conference

May 30-31, 2013

Click on each speaker's name in the conference program below to download the 2,000 word paper they will present.

Thursday May 30, 2013

9:00-9:15: Conference Introduction: Arctic Urban Sustainability

9:15-10:45: Panel 1 Climate Change

Chair: Robert Orttung, GW

Papers: Oleg Anisimov, State Hydrological Institute of Russia - Russian Arctic Cities in the Context of Climate Change

Dmitry Streletskiy, GW - Sustainability of Urban Infrastructure under Changing Climatic Conditions

Lev Neretin, United Nations Environmental Program - Environmental Security in the Russian Arctic: Drivers, Pressures and Responses

Lee Cooper, University of Maryland - Marine Environment Impacts on Urban Sustainability

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:30: Panel 2 Migration and Social Sustainability

Chair: Aileen Espiritu, Barents Institute

Papers: Timothy Heleniak, American Geographical Society - Ghost Towns and Boom Towns: Migration and Its Impact on Arctic Communities

Marlene Laruelle, GW - The Role of Central Asian Migrants in the Russian North

Nadezhda Zamiatina, Moscow State University - New Approaches to Northern Migrations

Genevieve Parente, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia - Migration in the Arctic Regions

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Panel 3 Arctic Cities I

Chair: Dmitry Streletskiy, GW

Papers: Alexander Pilyasov, Center for Economics of the North and the Arctic Council for the Study of Resources - Russia's Policies for Arctic Cities: Problems and Prospects

Jessica Graybill, Colgate University - Policy-Making for Addressing Climate Change at the City Level

Aileen Espiritu, Barents Institute - Sustainable Development in Arctic Cities

Tuomas Suutarinen, Doctoral Candidate, University of Helsinki - Challenges of Economic Diversification in Resource-based Single-Industry Towns in the Russian North

Matthew Jull, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, Architecture & Urbanism of Arctic Cities

Leena Cho, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, Urbanized Arctic Landscapes

3:00-3:15: Coffee Break

3:15-4:45: Panel 4 Corporate and Political Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Chair: Marlene Laruelle, GW

Papers: Colin Reisser, Graduate Student, GW, Drivers Shaping Russia's Arctic Cities

Robert Orttung, GW - The Arctic's Place in Center-Periphery Coordination and Conflict: Integrating Local, Regional, Federal, and Corporate Interests

Bruce Forbes, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland - The Current State of Yamal Gas Development

Nadir Kinossian, University of Tromso, Mega-Projects as a solution to the Challenges Facing Russia's Arctic Cities

Friday, May 31, 2013

9:00-10:45: Panel 1 Urban Sustainability in Comparative Perspective

Chair: Robert Orttung, GW
Papers: Hilda Blanco, USC - The Impact of Climate Change on Cities

Brent D Ryan, MIT - Dealing with Declining Cities: Experience from the U.S.

Christopher Boone, ASU/Georgetown - Boom/Bust Economics, Climate Change, and Migration Flows in the American Desert

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:30: Panel 2 Mobility

Chair: Nikolay Shiklomanov, GW

Papers: Scott Stephenson, Doctoral Candidate, UCLA - Access in Flux: Opportunities and Uncertainties in Arctic Transport and Development

Lawson Brigham, University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Implications of Expanded Northern Sea Route Use on Coastal Ports & Marine Infrastructure

Gertrude Eilmsteiner-Saxinger and Elisabeth Ofner, Doctoral Candidates, University of Vienna - The Role of Long-Distance Commute Work in the Russian North

Matt Berman, University of Alaska, Anchorage - Remoteness and Mobility: Transportation Routes, Technologies, and Sustainability in Arctic Communities

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Panel 3 Arctic Cities II

Chair: Nikolay Shiklomanov, GW

Papers: Vladimir Didyk and Larisa Riabova, Luzin Institute for Economic Studies - Strategic Planning and Management in the Cities of the Russian North and the Arctic

Andrey Petrov, University of Northern Iowa - Creative Arctic Cities

Vera Kuklina, V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography - Indigenous Peoples: An Urban Resource for Sustainable Development?
(also in Russian)

Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Georgetown University - Indigenous Cosmopolitans, Ecological Defense, and Cultural Activism in Russia's Arctic

3:00-3:15: Coffee Break

3:15-4:45: Panel 4 International Perspectives

Chair: Timothy Heleniak, American Geographical Society

Papers: Aleksandr Sergunin, St. Petersburg State University - International Cooperation as a Means for Russia's Arctic Urban Sustainability Strategy

Pal Arne Davidsen, Foreign Affairs Adviser for the Progress Party in the Norwegian Parliament and Visiting Scholar at GW's IERES - Making Policy for the North: Norwegian Perspectives

Greg Poelzer, Professor, University of Saskatchewan - Capacity Building and Sustainable Development: Comparative Lessons and the Russian North

Meredydd Evans, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Black Carbon Emissions in the Russian Arctic: A Case Study in the Importance of International Cooperation


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Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes a paper on the mythmaking of Novorossiya (available on

Professor Robert Orttung and two undergraduate IERES students - Elizabeth Nelson and Anthony Livshen - write an article in the Washington Post on how Russia Today operates across different language platforms on Youtube to spread Kremlin messages about Ukraine. 

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Professor Robert Orttung, together with students from GWU and the University of Chicago, publish an article on Russian television and the Internet.

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Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes article entitled "The Ukrainian Crisis and its Impact on Transforming Russian Nationalism Landscape" in Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives.

Professor Cory Welt was quoted by the Voice of America on the implications of Ukraine’s Minsk II cease-fire agreement.

Professor Cory Welt was interviewed by Imedi, a Georgian television station, on the role of Georgian officials in Ukraine’s government.

Professor Robert Orttung is interviewed by the National Public Radio in an audio clip entitled "'Frozen Conflict' in Ukraine Opens Door for Corruption."

Professor Robert Orttung co-authors article for Foreign Policy website about how Russia uses frozen conflicts to destabilize its reform-minded neighbors.

Professor Cory Welt was quoted by Deutsche Welle on the possibility of U.S. arms provision to Ukraine. His comments on the same subject for PONARS Eurasia were published in the Washington Post’s blog The Monkey Cage.

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Professor Robert Orttung co-authors op-eds in the Washington Post about Putin's approval ratings and in the Moscow Times about Russian propaganda.

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Professor Harris Mylonas was interviewed by Bulgarian newspaper Presa about Greek elections, and he and Akis Georgakellos wrote a report on the elections as well as an analysis of the new government's attempts to re-negotiate Greece's bailout terms. These pieces are part of the Washington Post's blog The Monkey Cage, and the latter has been mentioned by other Washington Post articles and the German-language Blogumschau news forum.

Professor Marlene Laruelle published a paper in the Russian Analytical Digest on Central Asian nations' reactions to the crisis in Ukraine.

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Professor Henry Hale was interviewed about his new book Patronal Politics on the Scholars' Circle radio show.

Professor Harris Mylonas was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the political situation in Greece.

Professor Peter Rollberg, IERES director, was quoted in the New York Times' review of Andrey Zvyagintsev's new film "Leviathan."

Professor Henry Hale was interviewed by CNN on Putin's popular support.

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Professor Robert Orttung co-authors article on increasing media censorship in Russia.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article on Russia's policy-drivers in the Arctic.

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Professor Marlene Laruelle's paper on Russia's policy towards Central Asia published in EUCAM.

Associate Director Cory Welt analyzes the current Georgian political climate in Foreign Policy.

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Professor Marlene Laruelle authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times on Russian nationalism and Eastern Ukraine.

Associate Director Cory Welt was interviewed on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Russia, and U.S. policy. Read the transcripts here and here.

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