A Salute to Paul Goble:
Featuring Paul Goble's Prognoses on
the Future of the 'Eurasian Heartland'
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m.
(reception at 5 p.m., followed by the main program at 5:30)
This special forum, organized jointly with The Jamestown Foundation, will honor Paul Goble, eminent scholar and expert on Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Paul will share with us his view on the prospects of states and people in this important strategic region, which includes the Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as the Baltic countries and Ukraine. Several of Paul's long-time friends, colleagues, and professional associates will comment on his intellectual contribution to the study of the area stretched from Eastern Europe to Western China.
Honorable S. Enders Wimbush, Distinguished Senior Fellow, The Jamestown Foundation, and Partner, StrateVarious, LLC
H.E. Ambassador Marmei, Ambassador of Estonia to the United States
Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs, Woodrow Wilson Center; Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute
S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Rome Building Auditorium
SAIS - Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
European View, June 2016, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 97–109
In the post-Soviet space as well as the Middle East, Western leaders have largely failed to heed ample evidence that the goals of the Russian leadership are fundamentally opposed to those of the EU and the US. Whereas Moscow seeks to counter Western influence and roll back the US’s role in the world, the West has proposed a win–win approach, seeking to convince Moscow that its ‘true’ interests should lead it to cooperate with the West. When this has not worked, Western leaders have ‘compartmentalised’, isolating areas of agreement from areas of disagreement. This approach has come to the end of the road because the assumptions that undergird it are false. So long as Western powers fail to understand the fundamental incompatibility of their interests with the deeply anti-Western interests of the current power brokers in the Kremlin, they are unlikely to develop policies that achieve success.
Svante E. Cornell is Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint Center affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy.