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Firebird: The Elusive Fate of Russian Democracy

Andrei Kozyrev was foreign minister of Russia under President Boris Yeltsin from August 1991 to January 1996. During the August 1991 coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev, he was present when tanks moved in to seize the Russian White House, where Boris Yeltsin famously stood on a tank to address the crowd assembled. He then departed to Paris to muster international support and, if needed, to form a Russian government-in-exile.

Vulnerable Landscapes: Case Studies of Violence and Disinformation

Disinformation is a global phenomenon that affects almost all countries because anyone with a political agenda can use disinformation in pursuit of political power (Bradshaw and
Howard, 2018).

2019 Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: 30 Years of Czech and Slovak Freedom

This year‘s Freedom Lecture is co-hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic. Both a Czech and a Slovak speaker are featured in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which saw the return of freedom and democracy to both countries on November 17, 1989. 


Six Months in Power: Zelenskyy’s Achievements So Far

Approximately half a year ago, Volodymyr Zelenskyy was elected based on his campaign promises of peace, a responsive government, anti-corruption reforms, and increasing the average household income.

Russia’s Young Civic Activism: Lessons from the Moscow Protests


Democracies, Dictatorships, and Grand Strategy

Can countries still craft grand strategy given domestic challenges and perceptions of an increasingly fragile liberal international order? Daniel Drezner argued that in advanced industrialized democracies, several national trends—the erosion of trust in elites, the rise of political polarization, and the retreat of the legislative branch from foreign policy—have undercut the ability to fashion a viable grand strategy.