In the past decade Russia has fought two devastating wars against the break-away republic of Chechnya. The origins and implications of these wars will be discussed.
November 27, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Matthew Evangelista, a professor of government at Cornell University and author on Chechen politics, will explore the origins of the Chechen wars, the implications for the Russian Federation, and the extent to which the Chechen conflict should be understood in the framework of international terrorism. Evangelista will give “Russia, International Terrorism, and the War in Chechnya” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.
In the past decade Russia has fought two devastating wars against the break-away republic of Chechnya. Both were justified on the grounds that letting Chechnya secede would lead to the disintegration of the entire country—a federation made up of 89 regions, including several, like Chechnya, with Muslim majorities. Russia's President Vladimir Putin has argued that the second war—still under way and showing no signs of ending—is a crucial part of the global struggle against terrorism.
Evangelista is the author of “Unarmed Forces: The Transnational Movement to End the Cold War” (Cornell University Press), and “The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union?” (forthcoming from Brookings Press). He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College, and master's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. He also has a certificate in Russian language from the Pushkin Institute. Prior to teaching at Cornell, Evangelista was an associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan.
Evangelista is a member of the editorial board for Cornell University Press and director of Cornell's peace studies program.