The Collapse of the Soviet Union: Lessons for Contemporary Russia

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Yegor Gaidar was the first prime minister to serve in Russian president Boris Yeltsin’s government in 1992, and was a leading architect of Russia’s post-communist economic reforms. He also served during the early 1990s as minister of economy and finance for the Russian Federation and as counselor to President Yeltsin. Before entering politics, he worked as a journalist for Pravda and as director of the Institute of Economic Policy under the National Academy of Economics in the U.S.S.R. Since leaving the Kremlin, he was elected as a deputy to the Duma and, until 2004, acted as a co-chairman of the Union of Rightist Forces, the center-right political party. Since 1996, he has been director of the Institute of the Economy in Transition, based in Moscow. He has had several books and over a hundred articles on economic reform and post-communist transition published. He is an honorary professor at the University of California-Berkeley and the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecturer at Duke University.

Christopher DeMuth has been president of AEI since 1986. He previously practiced law and was an economic consultant, taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, was editor and publisher of Regulation magazine, and served on the White House staffs of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Chicago Law School, Mr. DeMuth has published essays on domestic policy and politics in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Journal of Regulation, Commentary, The American Enterprise, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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Join a diverse group of panelists — including sociologists, education experts, and students — for a discussion of how public policy and culture can help families lay a firmer foundation for their children’s educational success, and of how the effects of paternal involvement vary by socioeconomic background.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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This event will coincide with the release of a new report by AEI’s Mary Habeck, which analyzes why current national security policy is failing to stop the advancement of al Qaeda and its affiliates and what the US can do to develop a successful strategy to defeat this enemy.

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Obamacare’s rocky start and uncertain future

During this event, experts with many different views on the ACA will offer their predictions for the future.   

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