International Conference

 

40 Years after Andrei Sakharov’s
Reflections on Progress, 
Peaceful Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom:

Russia Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 

WAS held on
Friday, October 24 - Saturday, October 25, 2008

 Power point slides and Papers will be installed in THIS DIRECTORY


 

Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989)

 

Andrei Sakharov always called for constructive dialogue, cooperation, and convergence between Russia and the West. Despite the recent conflicts in Russia-West relations, the factors promoting better relations outweigh the negatives. Russia is a source for oil, minerals, timber and commodities needed by the West and developing nations. Russia needs the West as a customer and as a source of technology and consumer goods. Putin and Medvedev both speak of Russia as a European country, and Russia is a member of the Council of Europe, OSCE, the G8, and other multilateral and bilateral institutions.

The Conference’s six panels will discuss reactions to the Sakharov's essays Reflections on Progress, Peaceful Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom (1968), The Inevitability of Perestroika (1988), and the continued relevance of his humanist vision;  they will also address the nuclear issues he was concerned with, and improving relations between Russia and the West.

Made possible by the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, this conference is a step to encourage and initiate constructive dialogue when the administrations of both countries are in the process of change.
PROGRAM


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24TH,  2008


8:00 ‐ 8:45 am ‐‐ Registration and Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 am -‐‐ Welcome and Opening Remarks
Timothy J. Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies; Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

9:00 ‐ 10:30 am ‐‐ Panel 1: Andrei Sakharov’s 1968 essay on
Progress, Peaceful Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom:
Reactions and Consequences

Chairman: Timothy Colton   Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies; Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Richard Wilson, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, emeritus, Harvard University
 - Delayed Reaction of Western Scientists, and the Consequences

Pavel Litvinov, Soviet human rights activist; physics and mathematics teacher (Emeritus), Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY
 - Reaction of Soviet Society and Intelligentia to Sakharov's Essay


Yuri Orlov, Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Elementary‐Particle Physics, Cornell University
 - The Political Ideas of Soviet Scientists in the 1950s and 60s and their Reaction to Sakharov’s Essay


Peter Reddaway, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs (Emeritus), George Washington University
 - The Reaction of the Soviet Authorities to Sakharov's Coming Out as a Dissident

10:30 ‐ 11:00 am ‐‐ Morning Break
 
11:00 am ‐ 12:30 pm ‐‐ Panel 2: Andrei Sakharov’s 1988 essay
The Inevitability of Perestroika:
The End of the Soviet Union and the Rise of Russia


Chairman:  Richard Wilson, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, emeritus, Harvard University

Ambassador William G. Miller, Senior Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
 - Soviet-American Relations 1985-1993 with Emphasis on Sakharov’s Influence
 

Marietta Chudakova, Professor, Gorky Literary Institute, Moscow, Russia
 - The Intelligentsia’s Reaction to Perestroika and its Aftermath

Alexei Pankin, columnist, Novosti News Agency, Moscow, Russia
 - The Russian Media during Perestroika and its Situation Now

12:30 ‐ 2:00 pm ‐‐ Lunch ‐‐ Remarks by Elena Bonner, widow of Andrei Sakharov, chair, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation

2:00 ‐ 3:30 pm ‐‐ Panel 3: Sakharov the Physicist

Chairman: David Holloway, Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, Stanford University
 - History of Sakharov’s Work

Bruno Coppi, Professor of Physics, Physics of High Energy Plasma project, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 - The Sakharov-Tamm Paper on the Tokamak and the Quest for Ignition by Nuclear Fusion

Yuri Orlov, Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Elementary‐Particle Physics, Cornell University
 - Sakharov's Explanation of the Asymmetric Universe and the Search for Neutron Electric Dipole Moment

Rainer Weiss, Professor of Physics (Emeritus), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  - Sakharov's Ideas about the Anisotropy of the Cosmic Background Radiation


3:30 ‐ 4:00 pm ‐‐ Afternoon Break
4:00 ‐ 5:15 pm ‐‐ Documentary Film “My Husband Andrei Sakharov
5:15 - 6:00 pm ‐‐ Reception

6:00 ‐ 7:30 pm ‐‐ Panel 4: Andrei Sakharov: Nuclear Legacy

Chairman: Paul M. Doty, Mallinckrodt Professor of Biochemistry (Emeritus), Harvard University

Matthew Bunn, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government

 - Requirements for a Safe, Secure, and Peaceful Nuclear Energy Revival


František Janouch, Professor of Nuclear Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm;
Chairman, Charter 77 Foundation, Prague

 - Nuclear Power in Eastern Europe


Evgeny Miasnikov, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Arms Control, Energy, and Environmental Studies, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

 - Nuclear Weapon Reduction Achievements

Pavel Podvig, Research Associate, Center for International Security and Cooperation,
Stanford University
 - Sakharov's discussion of anti ballistic missile systems

7:30 ‐ 9:30 pm ‐‐ Dinner


 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2008


9:00 ‐ 9:30 am ‐‐ Breakfast

9:30 ‐ 11:00 am ‐‐ Panel 5: Russia Today and Tomorrow

Chair: Marshall I. Goldman, Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Russian Economics (Emeritus), Wellesley College; Senior Scholar, Davis Center, Harvard University
 - The Russian Economy Today and Tomorrow


Anton Burkov, Kapitza Scholar, University of Cambridge, Staff Attorney, the Urals Centre for Constitutional and International Human Rights Protection
 - The Attitudes and Roles of Russians under 35 - Human Rights and Rule of Law Issues Today and Tomorrow


Andrei Illarionov, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute
 - The Attitudes and Role of the Russian Liberal Intelligentsia Today and Tomorrow

Thomas F. Remington, Professor of Political Science, Emory University; Visiting Scholar, Davis Center, Harvard University
 - Russian Politics Today and Tomorrow

11:00 ‐ 11:30 am ‐‐ Morning Break

11:30 am ‐ 1:00 pm ‐‐ Panel 6: Russia and the West: Improving Relations

Chairman: Ambassador Jack F. Matlock, Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, NJ
 - Problem Issues in Russian-Western Relations Since 1993


Ambassador William G. Miller, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington, DC
 - Possible Solutions to Problem Issues in Russian-Western Relations


Vladimir Pechatnov, Chairman, American and European Studies Department, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

 - Russian Views on Russian-Western Relations


Svetlana Savranskaya , Research Fellow, The National Security Archive,
- Recent History and Future of Russian-Western Business Relations

1:00 ‐ 2:30 pm ‐‐ Lunch ‐‐ Remarks by Tatiana Yankelevich, Director, Sakharov Program on Human Rights, Davis Center, Harvard University

2:30 ‐ 4:00 pm ‐‐ Round Table: Sakharov’s Legacy Today

Nicholas Daniloff, Professor of Journalism, Northeastern University
Masha Gessen, Moscow writer and editor.
 Loren R. Graham, Professor of the History of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Emeritus)
Mark N. Kramer, Director, Cold War Studies Project, Harvard University
William Patrick Murphy Jr., Senior Rule of Law Adviser, USAID, Moscow, to the Round Table. 
Joshua Rubenstein, Northeastern Regional Director, Amnesty International USA

4:00 pm ‐‐ Closing Remarks
Ambassador William G. Miller


Power point slides and Papers will be installed in THIS DIRECTORY

 

Suggested Readings by Andrei Sakharov:

 Reflections on Progress, Peaceful Coexistence, and Intellectual Freedom
 Nobel Lecture
 The Danger of Thermonuclear War
 Nuclear Energy and Freedom of the West
 The Inevitability of Perestroika
 Sakharov
Works in Russian

 

Other Handouts by
Charles Rheaume
Condalezza_Rice_Sept_18
Lavrov_Sept 24th

In the PRESENTED PAPERS directory you will also find teo articles in the Moscow Times by Alexei Pantin

See also  the Sakharov archives at the Houghton Library of Harvard University: 



Sponsored by:
 Department of Physics, Harvard University,
Sakharov Program on Human Rights at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
The Andrei Sakharov Foundation.