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Dreams of Russian Democracy: What Went Wrong?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Andrei Kozyrev, former Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, about his new book The Firebird: The Elusive Fate of Russian Democracy. Kozyrev provides an eyewitness account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the struggle to create a democratic Russia under Yeltsin, and how this critical period eventually allowed the rise of crony capitalism and Vladimir Putin.


Parsing the propaganda: What to make of Kim Jong Un on a white horse

Kim Jong Un on a white horse, galloping through the snowy mountains at top speed, fog and mist rising behind him. Kim Jong Un leading the charge up a steep mountain, like a general leading warriors heading off to battle. Kim Jong Un lost in thought as he rides solemnly through the forests of Mount Paektu, his sister at his side.

Wilson Center-Bilkent University Workshop on New Middle East Sources

The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and the Center for Russian Studies at Bilkent University hosted a workshop this past fall to recognize collaboration and partnership between the two organizations and to explore new archival sources in and on the Middle East.

Egypt’s Coups and Revolutions: From Mubarak to Sisi

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Wilson Center Middle East Fellow and author Amy Austin Holmes about the release of her new book, Coups and Revolutions: Mass Mobilization, the Egyptian Military, and the United States from Mubarak to Sisi. The book analyzes the waves of revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt between 2011 and 2018 and  brings together the literature on bottom-up revolution

The Story of Evacuees in the USSR During WW II: Impact and Legacy

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Natalie Belsky, former Title VIII Research Scholar with the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. She discusses her project “Encounters in the East: Evacuees in the Soviet Hinterland During the Second World War,” which focuses on the wartime experiences of Soviet evacuees and their interactions with the local communities at sites of resettlement.

After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, its history, meaning and legacy remain contentious, even as the Berlin Wall has joined the Holocaust as a focus of German memory policy. Dr. Harrison's new book examines a multiplicity of methods the Germans have adopted for grappling with the history of the Berlin Wall. It also highlights the role of key German memory activists as well as a more diffuse global memory of the Wall in the formulation of German historical narratives about the Wall. Dr.

Book Launch: A Kennan for Our Times

George F. Kennan was the leading voice in shaping the U.S. foreign policy toward Russia for the majority of the 20th century. A Kennan for Our Times: Revisiting America's Greatest 20th Century Diplomat in the 21st Century, edited by Kennan Institute Director Matthew Rojansky and Catholic University Professor Michael Kimmage, highlights his enduring legacy. It is a collection of scholarly and personal essays as well as interviews with four previous directors of the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State, which George F. Kennan established.