REECAS NW Past Conferences


The 24th Annual

REECAS NW Conference
Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

A regional affiliate conference of ASEEES

Featuring a special Pacific NW plenary session on Trump and Putin after the 2018 Russian Presidential Election

April 28, 2018 | University of Washington
Seattle, WA


The 2018 conference has now passed. Please join us in Spring 2019 for the 25th Annual REECAS NW Conference at the University of Washington. 


About the Conference

The conference this year will feature a special Pacific NW plenary panel session on Trump and Putin after the 2018 Russian Presidential Election. The panel is titled “The End of the Bromance? A Serious Discussion on US-Russia Relations in Times of Tension” and will be composed of prominent scholars representing four major universities in three different countries.

Scott Radnitz  is an Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington. He has conducted research in Central Asia and the Caucasus since 2002. He received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 2007, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Belfer Center at Harvard and at the Kennan Institute. He does research on post-Soviet politics, covering topics such as protests, authoritarianism, identity, and state building. His book, Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia, was published by Cornell University Press in 2010. His publications are included inComparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Democracy, Post-Soviet Affairs, National Interest, Foreign Policy, and Slate. He is a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security (PONARS) in Eurasia, a participant in the Bridging the Gap Project at American University, and an advisory board member of the Central Asian Studies Institute at the American University of Kyrgyzstan.

Yoonhee Kang is a Professor of Eurasian Studies at Kookmin University in Korea. She received Ph.D. at University of Glasgow in UK. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, including Korean Peninsular and Four Great Powers, 1972 and 2014, “Russian Human Rights Movement under Putin: Framing Processes and Political Opportunities,” “Roles of Civil Society in Transition of Democracy in Russia.” Her research interests have focused on the issues of civil society, foreign policy and international relation history of Russia and Eurasian states.


Benjamin Tromly is Associate Professor of History at University of Puget Sound, where he teaches modern Russian and European history. His first book, Making the Soviet Intelligentsia: Universities and Intellectual Life under Stalin and Khrushchev was published in 2014. He is currently completing a manuscript on Russian emigres and the Cold War, tentatively entitled Revolutionaries, Spies and Imposters: Russian Emigres and American Power on the Front Lines of the Cold War.



Dr. Nicole J Jackson is an international relations and security studies scholar specializing in Russian and the former Soviet Union. She is Associate Professor at the School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. She has published on Russian foreign and security policy, regional security governance and  illicit trafficking and terrorism in Central Asia. Her book Russia and the CIS; Theories, Debates and Policies (Routledge, 2003) examines Russia’s military involvement in Georgia, Tajikistan and Moldova in the 1990s. She is currently working on two projects: The first examines Russia’s role in security governance in the “global commons”, and the second is a critical analysis of Canadian and NATO policy towards Russia, with a special focus on hybrid warfare.


REECAS NW 2018 will take place in the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. The Simpson Center is located in the Communications Building on the UW Seattle Campus.


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