On May 17, 2019 KEDIS and Gaidar Foundation co-organized an international conference about the fall of the Soviet union with the participation of actual witnesses and analysts from both Greece and Russia. The conference was promoted by a book of late Yegor Gaidar, a major political figure of perestroika reforms in the Gorbachev era. The book was recently translated in the Greek language by Papadopoulos publishers who also sponsored the conference. The event was held at the Chamber of Commerce in Corinth The bookstore Koukida presented the book to the local public.
The discussion focused on the reasons of USSR’s collapse and the lessons learnt regarding the fate of communism, great powers, reforms and successor states. Following Yegor Gaidar’s book Q+A concerned also the idea of US and EC/EU ambivalence towards the dissolution of the Soviet union as well as the distinct historical identity of Russia that differentiates it from the contemporary West.
-Leonid Gozman, Professor of Economic, Lomonosov University, Moscow and Member of the Yegor Gaidar Foundation
-Konstantina E. Botsiou, Associate Professor of Modern History and International Politics and Director of KEDIS, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of the Peloponnese
-Manos Papazoglou, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of the Peloponnese
Introductory comments were offered by the Dean of the School of Social and Political Sciences Associate Professor Nikitas-Spiros Koutsoukis.
The discussion was moderated by Dimitrios V. Triantafyllidis, Journalist and editor-in-chief of the 9,84 FM Radio Station.
The event was attended by students and professors of the University of the Peloponnese, educators, members of the Corinth lawyers association, army officials, members of political parties, NGOs a.o.