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StrategEast Westernization Report

28 February @ 1:00 am - 2:00 pm

Since the end of the Cold War, the 15 successor states to the Soviet Union have adopted different paths to their economic and political transition. Some, like those in the Baltics, have become democratic and liberal, while others, such as Belarus and Tajikistan, remain authoritarian regimes.

‘The Westernization Report’, issued by the Washington D.C.-based StrategEast think-tank, highlights the most important political and economic events that occurred in 14 post-Soviet countries (excluding Russia) in 2018. Among these was a peaceful revolution in Armenia, the transition of Kazakhstan to the Latin alphabet, blockchain innovations in Lithuania, and a major tax reform in Uzbekistan. The Report also addresses the shared challenges these countries face in the process of (re-)building their states and institutions since 1991, and provides an indication of which are continuing a transition to ‘Westernization’ and which are adopting alternative ideas.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to join the founder and president of StrategEast Anatoly Motkin in a discussion about the nations of the post-Soviet region.



Anatoly Motkin – is founder and president of StrategEast, a strategic center for political and diplomatic solutions whose mission is to guide and assist elites of the post-Soviet region into closer working relationships with the USA and Western Europe. In this role, Mr. Motkin uses his two decades of involvement in the development of media and political projects in the post-Soviet region to support various programs and combat corruption in the region. Mr. Motkin has devoted much of his career to assisting the processes of Westernization in post-Soviet states through the launching of a variety of media, political and business initiatives aimed to drive social awareness and connect communities. He has successfully invested in multiple technology startups, such as one of the most popular messaging apps and the ridesharing service app Juno, which was recently acquired by on-demand ride service Gett. Mr. Motkin has also created and produced several successful Russian-language media projects in his native Israel, as well as in Latvia, Belarus and Georgia.



James Gray  is the (Conservative) MP for North Wiltshire. He was a Whip, Shadow Defence Minister; Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, and  Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. Having been a Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions for some years, James was recently appointed to be The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to the Polar Regions. A member of Mr Speaker’s Panel of Chairmen, James has a deep interest in Parliament and the Constitution. He was educated in Glasgow (High School and University) and Christ Church, Oxford. James is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies, a Visiting Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford and has also published several books: three on shipping and the futures markets (one of which won a Lloyds of London Book Prize); Crown vs Parliament: Who Takes Britain to War? (which won an RCDS prize); and more recently Poles Apart (2014) and Who Takes Britain to War? (2015).


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28 February
1:00 am - 2:00 pm


Committee Room 16, House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


Anatoly Motkin


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