Oksana Antonenko, Senior Fellow (Russia and Eurasia) at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, was the featured speaker at a lunch seminar on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 12:00 in 102 Jones Hall. Antonenko spoke on the topic of the recent Georgian-Russian conflict during her presentation, "Strategic Implications of the Georgian-Russian War in the Caucasus." The session was co-sponsored by LISD, Near Eastern Studies, and the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Antonenko is a graduate of Moscow State University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1990-1993, she worked at the Moscow office of Harvard Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, which promoted Russian-US dialogue and provided assistance to Russian domestic reforms. From 1998-2000, Antonenko was the Director of the IISS research and seminar programme on military reform in Russia and the CIS, focusing among other issues on the foreign assistance to Russia for re-training and resettlement of redundant officers. In 1999-2003 she headed a research and seminar programme on Russia’s regional perspective on foreign and security policy focusing on Russia’s relations with Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. In 2004-2005 she worked on a research project on Russian-EU relations and co-edited the book Russia and the European Union: Prospects for a New Relationship. In 2005 Antonenko facilitated track two meetings between Georgian and South Ossetian senior officials and experts with the aim of promoting conflict resolution in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict.