Russia and Eurasia News
Oct 26, 2012
New research is shedding additional light on the Cold War's iconic nuclear standoff between the US and USSR, with the tiny nation of Cuba in the middle. For the next two weeks, CONTEXT will look back on what we're learning with an eye toward the lessons that apply today. In part 2 of our "On The Brink" series, Philip Brenner describes how and why the missiles were brought to Cuba and what might have happened if they'd stayed.
Oct 26, 2012
New research is shedding additional historical light on the Cold War's iconic nuclear standoff between the U.S. and U.S.S.R., with the tiny nation of Cuba in the middle. For the next two weeks, CONTEXT will look back on what we're learning with an eye toward the lessons that apply today. In part 3 of our "On The Brink" series, Svetlana Savranskaya describes the underrated role of Russia's Anastas Mikoyan in events that ultimately avoided nuclear catastrophe.
Oct 22, 2012
Blair Ruble’s final Director’s Report for the academic year 2011-2012, followed by an additional note from Acting Director William Pomeranz on future programming plans.
Sep 11, 2012
The Kennan Institute and its offices in Moscow and Kyiv are on Facebook! Like our pages to get exclusive updates on our scholars, alumni, and activities around the world.
Sep 11, 2012
The Kennan Institute has selected Olga Litvin as the 2012-13 Robert H. Baraz Memorial Research Intern. The 2012-13 program year marks the 22nd year of the Kennan Institute’s Robert H. Baraz Memorial Research Internship Program. This program was established in 1991 in honor of the late Robert H. Baraz, longtime Director of the Office of Research and Analysis for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State. Each year, the Kennan Institute recognizes the Research Assistant who has provided the most outstanding level of service for the year.
Aug 20, 2012
Much like American Presidents, the first 100 days of Vladimir Putin’s third term as President of Russia has revealed many of his policy priorities and set the tone for the remainder of his term. Though Putin used his inaugural address to proclaim a “new” Russian development Will Pomeranz, deputy director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, argues in a Wilson Center paper that “on closer inspection [it] looks much like the old one, with the Russian state defending its interests above those of its people.”
Aug 16, 2012
As the world’s largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wheat, the United States is vital to the global food market. But this summer has seen the country’s worst drought since 1956, and several other key grain-producing regions have been affected by abnormal weather this year as well.
Jun 28, 2012
The Kennan Institute and the Moscow publishing house "Tri Kvadrata" are pleased to announce the appearance of Usolye: Architectural Heritage in Photographs, volume XIII in the "Discovering Russia" series, established by the Kennan Institute in 2005. This book is devoted to the rich architectural heritage of the Usolye region (in Perm Territory) and is published with the support of the Usolye Regional Administration, as well as the "Stroganov Chambers" Museum.
Jun 06, 2012
Vladimir Putin began his third term as president of Russia amidst protests and questions about his ability to lead the country at this critical juncture in its post-Soviet evolution. We spoke to one of his critics, who happens to be the great-granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
Jun 05, 2012
A landmark achievement for human rights, the Jackson-Vanik Amendment to the Trade Act of 1974 makes favorable trade status conditional on the freedom of emigration. Almost 40 years later, the amendment is still in effect for certain nations, including Russia, which has complicated the U.S.-Russia trade relationship.