The Faces of Chechnya: The Human Stories Wars Craft
Roundtable on violent conflict in Chechnya and the North Caucasus to be held at WWS, Nov. 13
Contact: Kate Somers
Artist Reception: November 13, 2007, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Bernstein Gallery,
Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Exhibition dates: October 29 – November 30, 2007
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Panel discussion: November 13, 2007, 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Bowl 016, adjacent to the Bernstein Gallery
A panel discussion titled, "Forgotten, Not Frozen: A Roundtable on Violent Conflict in Chechnya and the North Caucasus," will be held at the Woodrow Wilson School, at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.
Panel discussants will include Valeriy Dzutsev, Muskie Fellow at the University of Maryland; Jason Lyall, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School; Michael Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton; and Fatima Tilsova, Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University.
Valeriy Dzutsev is a Muskie Fellow at the University of Maryland. He is also the Coordinator for North Caucasus at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). The North Caucasus is the northern part of the Caucasus region which is part of the Russian Federation. In 1999 he became local coordinator for the British-based Centre for Peacemaking and Community Development in North Ossetia. He began working for IWPR in 2000 as a contributor, and in September, 2002 became coordinator for the North Caucasus.
Jason Lyall is an assistant professor of politics and international affairs in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian Studies and the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. Lyall's research interests include the sources of military power and effectiveness, focusing equally on states and insurgent organizations. He specializes in assessing how identity and organizational culture can shape and distort an actor's strategy, force employment, and tactics in combat. Lyall also has a regional focus on Russia and, increasingly, the Northern Caucasus.
Michael Reynolds is an Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton. He is currently working on a book project tentatively titled "Shattering Empires: the Ottoman-Russian Struggle for the Caucasus and Anatolia." His article "Myths and Mysticism: A Longitudinal Perspective on Islam and Conflict in the North Caucasus" was recently published in the journal Middle Eastern Studies.
Fatima Tilsova is an independent journalist from the North Caucasus. She has worked for ten years as a correspondent for a number of independent Russian papers as well as the international media. She has also served as chief of the North Caucasian bureau of the Russian news agency Regnum. Tilsova is a regular writer for IWPR (London) and for the Jamestown Foundation (Washington DC). She has received the Rory Peck award and the German Zeit-Stiftung award for her reporting on the conflict in the North Caucasus and her efforts to help fellow journalists.
This event is cosponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and the Department of Near Eastern Studies. It is being held in conjunction with the art exhibit in the Bernstein Gallery and is free and open to the public. A reception in the gallery will follow.