Reading Today's News: Belarus and Moldova with Dr. Nina Wieda

Reading Today's News: Belarus and Moldova with Dr. Nina Wieda


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As Putin's war on Ukraine continues, two neighboring countries come to the forefront of the news: Belarus and Moldova.  Rarely acknowledged in the news before the recent events in Ukraine, the two post-Soviet states are gaining visibility now because they may become involved in the next stage of the war, although in different ways.  Belarus is a dictatorship whose President Alexander Lukashenko has been in power since 1994. The seminar will explain why Belarus, while being Putin's ally, has not joined the war in Ukraine in a full-fledged way. 

Moldova is a very different country led by a progressive Harvard-educated President, the 49-year-old Maia Sandu. Moldova is attracting international attention now because it is suspected to be Putin's next geopolitical target. The seminar will explain the background and current situation of the two post-Soviet countries and their relationship with Putin's government.

Led by an expert on the post-Soviet space, Nina Wieda, this Conversation will illuminate the current situation in Eastern Europe. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of Belarus, Moldova, and their relations with their troublesome neighbor.

Nina Wieda is a native of the Caucasus living in Chicago, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic from Northwestern University and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University. Nina also has experience in journalism, advertising, and consumer research – her writing has been published in three languages. She wrote her Master's thesis about the Northern Caucasus region. Dr. Wieda currently teaches at Northwestern University near Chicago.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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