The Collapse of the Soviet Union: Lessons for Contemporary Russia
Lecture by Yegor Gaidar, President of the Institute of the Economy in Transition

On November 13, AEI will host a lecture by Yegor Gaidar, acting prime minister during the first government of President Boris Yeltsin and the architect of the free-market revolution in post-Soviet Russia. Mr. Gaidar will relate the lessons of the Soviet state’s failure to the new direction of the Kremlin in the last few years, including the recentralization in politics and the economy, as well as growing fiscal dependency on energy prices.

How will the Kremlin’s campaign to recapture the economy’s “commanding heights” and its apparent abandonment of structural reforms affect long-term growth? As Russia increasingly displays many of the characteristics of authoritarian regimes and “petro-states,” what are the risks to the development of a liberal economy and a democratic society?

After the lecture, Mr. Gaidar will participate in a luncheon discussion of Judge Stephen Williams’s book Liberal Reforms in an Illiberal Regime, 1906–1915: The Creation of Private Property in Russia, a work dedicated to the hundredth anniversary of pre-revolutionary economic reforms in Russia. Please note that a separate registration is required for the luncheon.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
From anarchy to Augustus: Lessons on dealing with disorder, from Rome’s first emperor

We invite you to join us for two panel discussions on how Augustus created order from chaos 2,000 years ago, and what makes for durable domestic and international political systems in the 21st century.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Multiple choice: Expanding opportunity through innovation in K–12 education

Please join us for a book launch event and panel discussion about how a marketplace of education options can help today's students succeed in tomorrow's economy. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the featured book.

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
How conservatives can save the safety net

Please join us for a luncheon event in which our panel will discuss what conservatives can learn from how liberals talk and think about the safety net and where free-market economics, federalism, and social responsibility intersect to lift people out of poverty.

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