Dr. Marina Oborotova, President, AIA
July 27, 2014 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History Auditorium

Although it seems that the situation in Ukraine has stabilized a bit after the presidential election, the crises in and around that country are far from over.  In addition to the turbulence in its eastern regions, Ukraine faces serious energy supply difficulties and must also undertake profound and painful economic and political reforms.  In Russia, too, there have been substantial political changes. The government has increased its control over the media and has taken steps to limit freedom of expression.  President Putin’s popularity, anti-Americanism and anti-Europeanism have all reached unprecedented heights. US-Russian relations are experiencing their worst crisis since the end of the Cold War, with both sides destroying channels of communication and collaborative practices created after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Dr. Marina Oborotova, President of CFIS-AIA, will give a special talk about the situation in Russia and Ukraine right after her return from Russia.  She will give you the freshest news and an “insider” analysis about a crisis that is certain to continue for a long time.  She will provide you with information that you will not see in the American media.

Marina Oborotova is the Founder and the President of the Center for International Studies and the Albuquerque International Association.  She has an M.A. from the Moscow State University for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Foreign Office and a Ph.D. from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russia’s leading think-tank, where she worked as a senior researcher. Her career includes experience in many parts of the world in foreign policy, international business, academic research, and university level teaching.  In the U.S. she has taught at the University of New Mexico in the Departments of History, Political Science, the Anderson School of Management and the Honors Program. She also worked as Director of International Programs at Technology Commercialization, and as a program manager for the United States Industry Coalition.