|Putin’s Roots in KGB and the Road to War in Ukraine||Festivals||Catherine Belton, Tessa Szyszkowitz||Register here||
Speakers: Catherine Belton, Tessa Szyszkowitz
The talk will examine Putin's roots in the KGB and how this was a mindset and modus operandi that became ever more deeply entrenched the longer his rule continued. Former Moscow correspondent and investigative journalist Catherine Belton, author of the bestseller Putin’s People, reveals the untold story of how former KGB men seized power in Russia and built a new league of oligarchs. In conversation with Austrian historian and journalist Tessa Szyszkowitz, she will examine the resulting risks now for the west, as well as for Putin's own hold on power.
|Surviving Human Trafficking: Activism as a Way Through the Struggle||Seminars and Colloquia||Ivan VejvodaMilica Kravić AksamitMisha Glenny||
In her talk, Milica Kravić Aksamit presents her recent analyses and work on the television and radio piece “Osnažena” (Empowered), which narrates the stories of female survivors and activists who live in Belgrade but came from various African countries. Besides illustrating their life trajectories, the story reinforces the fact that human trafficking and gender-based violence are important social phenomena. The idea of Kravić Aksamit’s work is to show an uncommon perspective with focus on the bright and inspiring side of survivors’ lives, rather than on problems only.
|Greening Democracy||Lecture||John KeaneMisha Glenny||I want to attend at the IWM Library||
The unparalleled greening of democracy during the past half-century extends well beyond such matters as sustainability and climate justice, and is far more consequential than the birth of green parties, policy disputes about carbon pricing schemes and global emissions targets, this lecture proposes. Suggesting a new way of thinking historically about the relationship among ecosystems, energy regimes and democracy, John Keane asks why people with green sympathies might be expected in our times to embrace democracy for more than tactical reasons.