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Commemorating Victims of Stalin’s Repressions in the Post-Soviet Space

Last Address, the popular initiative to remember victims of Stalin’s repressions by placing a commemorative plaque on their last residence, has enjoyed unique success in Russia. Its sister organizations are now beginning to open in other countries, including Ukraine. What are the comparative challenges of commemorating victims of Stalin’s repressions in different post-communist countries? How are the organizers of Ukraine’s Last Address initiative overcoming them? The speakers will address these and other issues.

New Year, New Strategy: Shifting Policies on North Korea in 2018

After more than a year of escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear provocations and a war of words with President Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un began 2018 with a new approach: diplomatic outreach.

A season of North Korea summits began with Kim’s surprise trip to Beijing to meet China’s Xi Jinping before an April summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and an anticipated summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, scheduled to take place in Singapore on June 12.

Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America

Will we have public schools in the future? What do we want from them? At a time when Americans seem to be deeply divided over education, Professor Johann Neem asks us to focus on purposes, not just policies.

The Russian Propaganda Machine Stutters Along, Blinkered

Russia’s twenty-first-century propaganda machine for Western consumption had a mighty precursor, PR operations set up in Berlin in the late 1920s by a little-remembered German communist. The effort of today’s Moscow to sell its story to the world is not nearly as successful as Stalinist Russia’s.

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