NYU's Jordan Center will host “Kompromat: What It is and What It Means for U.S.-Russia Relations,” a panel discussion, on Thurs., April 27.

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New York University will host “Kompromat: What It is and What It Means for U.S.-Russia Relations,” a panel discussion, on Thurs., April 27, 5-7 p.m. at NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia (19 University Place [at 8th Street], 2nd Floor)

Earlier this year, BuzzFeed News made the decision to publish online a dossier alleging ties between then-President-Elect Donald Trump and Russia. Among allegations contained in what would come to be known as the Steele Memo, was the potentially explosive claim that Russia possessed “compromising information,” or Kompromat, on the newly elected U.S. president. And just like that, “Kompromat” entered the English language—a term scholars of Russian and post-Soviet politics have been long been aware of.

The panelists for the event include: Miriam Elder, world editor for BuzzFeed News and one of the co-authors of the piece that announced BuzzFeed’s publication of the Steele Memo; Katy Pearce, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington who holds an affiliate appointment at the university’s Ellison Center for Russian East European, and Central Asian Studies; and Keith Darden, an associate professor at American University’s School of International Service. The discussion will be moderated by NYU Professor Joshua Tucker, director of the Jordan Center.

Panelists will address the history of Kompromat in both the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet successor states, the role it is currently playing in Russian politics, the ways in which in technological changes have impacted Kompromat, as well as the potential effects of Kompromat on U.S.-Russian relations.

The event is part of the New York-Russia Public Policy Seminar, which is co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute of Columbia University and NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, and supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional co-sponsors of the April 27 event are NYU’s Remarque Institute and NYU’s School of Law.

RSVP by emailing jordan.russia.center@nyu.edu or calling 212.992.6575. Subways: N, R (8th Street), 6 (Astor Place)

The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia undertakes to make Russia intrinsic to all aspects of scholarly investigation: from politics to literature, economics to anthropology, history to visual culture. Joining the ranks of US and Western universities with traditions of inquiry and expertise on matters Russian and Soviet, the Center is distinguished by its particular mission of situating Russia in a global context. We aim both to help educate Russia specialists on the interconnectedness of Russia with the world and to remind other fields of Russia’s ubiquity. While recognizing that any country is best understood as part of a global economy, culture, and politics, the Center works to ensure that Russia’s dramatic and enduring influence is an integral part of every conversation. For more information, visit https://jordanrussiacenter.org/.


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