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Smith presents paper in Russia

David Smith, associate professor of geography, presented a paper titled, “Opportunities and Constrains in Russian Environmental Policy towards the Central Asian States,” at a forum on Russia’s future, held Sept. 25, 2013, in Moscow, Russia. The forum, “New Directions in Russian Public Policy,” was hosted by the Master of Global Public Policy program of The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

Smith said, “It has been said that the creation of a Eurasian Union will enhance prospects for a restoration of Russian influence in Central Asia, prospects that are much better than those in the Caucasus or Ukraine. Is that true for the environment? An examination of projects involving Russia and its neighbors, including the longstanding Northern river reversal or Siberian river reversal project offers a way to understand the policy opportunities and constraints Russia has with its Central Asian neighbors today and will so in the days and years to come.”