History and the Politics of History in the Post-Communist Space

This event is co-sponsored by the History and Public Policy Program.

Guests at Home: The Legacy of Soviet National Hierarchies

Soviet nationality policies are frequently cited to explain national conflicts that arose during and after the dissolution of the USSR. Yet, these studies often focus on nationality policies from the opening decades of the Soviet Union, neglecting the specificities of minority life after the 1930s. Drawing on research conducted in three sub-republic (non-titular) minority communities, Dr.

Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy

In 1907 the U.S. Congress created a joint commission to investigate what many Americans saw as a national crisis: an unprecedented number of immigrants flowing into the United States. Experts—women and men trained in the new field of social science—fanned out across the country to collect data on these fresh arrivals.

Brazil Journal Recounts How a Plan to Save the National Museum Failed

How a Plan to Save the National Museum Failed

The root of the problem: governance.

By Mariana Barbosa, Brazil Journal


Approximately 20 years ago, businessman Israel Klabin received an 80 million dollar check from the World Bank to renovate and modernize the National Museum of Brazil. A team of volunteers came together to begin work on an initial project for renovation to be presented to the bank.                

Grand Strategy in China from Mao to Xi: 'Haunted by Chaos'

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we discuss Sulmaan Wasif Khan’s new book Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping. Khan chronicles the grand strategies pursued by China’s paramount leaders Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and Xi Jinping and highlights the impact their successes and failures have had on China’s rise as a global power. He also considers the big question, “What does China want?”