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Keynote Speakers

Information on keynote speakers (in alphabethical order)

Professor Nadia Arbatova
Dr. Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht
Mr. Yale Richmond
Professor Jadwiga Staniszkis

    Professor Nadia Arbatova
    Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russia

    Professor Nadia Arbatova is the head of the Department on European Political Studies Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) at the Russian Academy of Sciences. She has previously worked as a visiting professor at the Department for Strategic Studies of the Swedish National Defense College 1998–1999, and at the ELIAMEP, Greece, in 2003. Professor Arbatova has been the director of Policy Studies and the editor at the Committee “Russia in a United Europe” 2001–2007 and the director of the Forum “European Dialogues” in 2008.

    Arbatova is the author of numerous publications including four individual monographs and brochures on international relations and Russia’s foreign policy. Her professional interests include European Integration, European Security, Russian foreign policy, terrorism and conflict prevention.

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    Professor Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht
    University of Cologne, Germany

    Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht is a Professor of International History at the University of Cologne. She has previously been a Heisenberg fellow at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. She has also taught at the Universities of Virginia, Bielefeld, Heidelberg, the Universität Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Harvard University and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

    Her field of interest is the interplay of culture and international relations since the early modern period. Gienow-Hecht’s study Transmission Impossible: American Journalism as Cultural Diplomacy in Postwar Germany, 1945–1955 (Baton Rouge, 1999) was co-awarded the Stuart Bernath Book Prize (best first book in diplomatic history) as well as the Myrna Bernard Prize (best book in diplomatic history written by a woman), both given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Her latest study, Sound Diplomacy: Music and Emotions in German-American Relations since 1850 will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2009.

    Mr. Yale Richmond, USA

    Yale Richmond, a specialist in intercultural communication, served 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service with postings abroad as a cultural or information officer in Germany, Laos, Poland, Austria, and the Soviet Union. During the detente years of the 1970s, he was Director of the Office of Soviet and East European Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

    After retirement in 1979, he served three years as a Staff Consultant to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Congress), and eight years as a Senior Program Officer with the National Endowment for Democracy. In 1983, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Madrid review meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

    Mr. Richmond is a graduate of Boston College from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1943; Syracuse University, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 1947; and Columbia University, Master of Arts in History in 1957. He is the author of 10 books on intercultural communication.


    Professor Jadwiga Staniszkis, Poland

    Professor Jadwiga Staniszkis is a Polish sociologist and political scientist, and a former professor at the University of Warsaw and the Wyższa Szkoła Biznesu (National-Louis University). During Solidarity origin in August 1980 she was one of the advisers of Strikers Committee in the Gdansk Shipyard.

    Staniszkis is the author of several books dealing with socialism. Most of her studies were published only after the transformation of the political system in Poland. Her works include Poland's Self-Limiting Revolution (1984), The Dynamics of the Breakthrough in Eastern Europe: The Polish Experience (1991), The Ontology of Socialism (1992) and Post-communism: Emerging Enigma (1999).