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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State income taxes and the Supreme Court: Maryland Comptroller v. Wynne

Please join AEI for a panel discussion exploring these and other questions about this crucial case.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America

Join Lerman, Wilcox, and a group of distinguished scholars and commentators for the release of Lerman and Wilcox’s report, which examines the relationships among and policy implications of marriage, family structure, and economic success in America.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The 7 deadly virtues: 18 conservative writers on why the virtuous life is funny as hell

Please join AEI for a book forum moderated by Last and featuring five of these leading conservative voices. By the time the forum is over, attendees may be on their way to discovering an entirely different — and better — moral universe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A nuclear deal with Iran? Weighing the possibilities

Join us, as experts discuss their predictions for whether the United States will strike a nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the November 24 deadline, and the repercussions of the possible outcomes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
The forgotten depression — 1921: The crash that cured itself

Please join Author James Grant and AEI senior economists for a discussion about Grant's book, "The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself" (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

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