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The Politics of Plunder East and West: what is to be done?

The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit (CSHS) at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics is organising the above named conference to be held on June 8th, 2016.

The conference will bring together members of the European left as well as civil society activists, scholars and progressive politicians from Russia and Ukraine in order to initiate a dialogue about issues that are of interest to all involved parties: corruption, social justice policies, kleptocratic regimes and their interconnection with Western neo-liberal elites. Our aim is to build pan-European links with Russian and Ukrainian civil society and to help construct a common platform and set of policies for opposing both corruption and austerity.

An agenda is attached below. If you are interested in attending please contact Dominika Spyratou at i.spyratou@lse.ac.uk . Please note this is an invitation only event.

The conference will be followed by a public lecture open to all.

Conference agenda

 Wednesday 8 June 2016

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB), LSE 

The Politics of Plunder East and West: what is to be done?

09:15-9:45       Registration and coffee

9:45-11:15       Session 1
Title:                Offshore, authoritarianism and corruption

Speakers:        Misha Glenny, journalist 
                        Luke Harding, the Guardian
                        Serhiy Leshchenko, journalist and MP 
                        Karen Saunders, American University 
Chair:              Andrew Wilson, European Council on Foreign Relations

11:15-11:30    Break

11:30-13:00    Session 2
Title:               Neoliberal conditionality and social justice

Speakers:        Ilya Matveev, Openleft.ru 
                        Marina Prentoulis, University of East Anglia and Syriza London 
                        James Schneider, Momentum 
                        Yuliya Yurchenko, University of Greenwich
Chair:              Hilary Wainwright, Transnational Institute

13:30-14:15     Lunch break

14:15-15:45     Session 3
Title:                Addressing the conflict in Crimea and East Ukraine

Speakers:        Natalya Belitser, Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy
                        Marko Bojcun, Ukraine Solidarity Campaign
                        Christopher Ford, Ukraine Solidarity Campaign
                        Dmitri Makarov, Youth Human Rights Movement 
                        Anton Shekhovtsov, Institute for Human Sciences
Chair:              Armine Ishkanian, LSE

15:45-16:00     Break

16:00-17:00     Workshops (3) on above topics

17:00-17:30     Conclusions

18:30-20:00     Public lecture
Title:                The Politics of Plunder East and West: what is to be done?
Speakers:        Roman Borisovich and Ben Judah
Chair:               Mary Kaldor, LSE
                        Lecture audio podcast

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