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Shifting Gears: Post-Hanoi, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Turns Diplomatic Attention to Moscow

Next up on Kim Jong Un’s diplomatic checklist: Vladimir Putin.

The North Korean leader is expected to hold his first summit with the Russian president this week as he continues his campaign of international diplomacy.

The summit itself comes as no surprise. After all, Russia has long been a traditional, if largely absentee, ally of North; a Kim-Putin meeting was long overdue.

Stalin as Superman and the Dangers of Polling in an Autocracy


Stalin played a positive role in Russia’s history; he was a respected historical figure, a majority of Russians polled by the independent polling organization Levada Center said earlier this week. Both approval of Stalin’s historical role (70 percent thought it was positive) and respect for him (51 percent expressed “respect,” “admiration,” or “sympathy” for the Soviet dictator) were the strongest since the early 2000s.

Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France and Revolution, 1891-1956

Conventional wisdom says that the Roman Catholic Church, and especially its fabled Polish-born Pope John Paul II, rejected communism completely and played a seminal role in assuring its political failure in 20th-century Europe. What Piotr H.

Dr. Jamil Hasanli: Leadership and Nationalism in Azerbaijan

Dr. Jamil Hasanli is an Azerbaijani historian, author, and politician. He was a History and Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2011, and also the 2015 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. He served two terms as a member of the Azeri Parliament from 2000-2010. Dr. Hasanli was a professor at Baku State University from 1993 to 2011 and Khazar University from 2011 to 2013.


Forced African Migration to the U.S. Through the Lens of Memory Studies

Against the backdrop of the 400th anniversary of forced African migration in the United States, in this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Arnaud Kurze, Wilson Center Global Fellow, and Vjeran Pavlakovic, a former Wilson Center Fellow, who reflect on U.S. memory politics and the responsibility to reckon with one of the country’s dark chapters in history.

Memory Laws in the Age of Populism: The Politics of the Past in Russia and Eastern Europe

Memory wars have become a characteristic aspect of central and East European domestic and international politics. Some countries—especially right-wing populists and authoritarian regimes—use law to promote nationalist mobilization and to whitewash their countries’ history. Nikolay Koposov discussed how the laws in the region compare to memory laws elsewhere and how they affect these countries’ ability to deal with the past. 

Indispensable Reading: 1,001 Books from Arabian Nights to Zola

The Washington History Seminar invites you to a reception on the occasion of the publication of "Indispensable Reading: 1,001 Books from Arabian Nights to Zola" by Wm. Roger Louis