HKS Library Research Talk: Wednesday, Dec. 2 at noon in HKS Library!


HKS Library & Knowledge Services presents:
A Research Talk with Dr. Eugene Kogan, Director of Harvard’s American Secretaries of State Project:
“Coercive Negotiation: Re-visiting Ukraine’s Decision to Give Up Nuclear Weapons”
The U.S.-Russia-Ukraine relationship gained prominence in the last year and a half with Russian annexation of Crimea, but it is important to place this strategic interaction in a historical perspective.  In 1994, the United States and Russia worked hand-in-hand in persuading Ukraine to give up its Soviet-era nuclear weapons.  In return, Ukraine received economic assistance and a pledge — the Budapest Memorandum of December 1994 — that its territorial integrity would be respected.  Revisiting this case is timely and important.  First, it is an excellent case study of how a country can be persuaded to relinquish the nuclear weapons it possesses.  Second, the record should be set straight about what the Budapest Memorandum promised, what it did not, and whether Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Eastern Ukraine violated the pledges contained in that document.

When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 12-1:30 PM
Where: HKS Library Commons (Pizza served)

About the Speaker: Dr. Kogan is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University.  Dr. Kogan is working on a book on nuclear negotiations based on his doctoral thesis, which was awarded Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation’s 2014 Raiffa Award for the Best Student Doctoral Paper.


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