August 20, 3-5pm –  by Marina Oborotova, Ph.D., President, CFIS-AIA

Location:  Special Collections Library Auditorium
423 Central Ave NE

AIA Members – $12; Non-Members – $15; Students w ID (under 30) – free of charge.
We will not be able to process any payments at the venue.


On August 18 – 20, 1991 – 30 years ago – the attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev and Perestroika triggered the final disintegration of the Soviet Union. Marina Oborotova witnessed those historic days & will share her vivid memories with you. She will also address the following questions:

Why did the optimistic expectations for the future of the former 15 Soviet republics failed so miserably? What explains the democratic outcome in only 3 of the 15 states? What has been happening in the former Soviet space during the last 30 years? What are the prospects for the future? And what lessons can we learn that are applicable around the world, including in the US?

Dr. Marina Oborotova is the Center for International Studies – Albuquerque International Association founder and president. She was born and schooled in Russia, worked and lived in Europe, Latin America and for the last 25 years – in the United States. Professionally, Dr. Oborotova is the author of multiple articles and books on foreign affairs. She worked for IMEMO, Russia’s leading think tank, USIC, TC International and taught at UNM’s History and Political Science Departments and the Anderson School of Management.