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On The Move: The Story of Kazakhstan’s Capital City

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Maria Blackwood, Title VIII Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute.  She explains the motivations behind the relocation of Soviet Kazakhstan’s capital three times in that nation’s first decade of existence. Blackwood also discusses the abrupt resignation of President Nazarbayev after almost thirty years in power and the subsequent decision to rename the capital of Astana in his honor.

 

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Russia’s Trials of History

BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV

Mikhail Abyzov, who at one time spearheaded the drive to increase the Russian government’s transparency to the public, was arrested in Moscow on Tuesday. Investigators suspect Abyzov of embezzling and funneling abroad 4 billion rubles (about U.S. $62 million). This developing story is important because of the businessman’s long-standing ties to Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister, and Arkady Dvorkovich, former deputy prime minister. 

The Seventh Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture on U.S.-East Asia Relations

Jack Downey, Sino-American Relations and International Law - Lessons for Today
 

Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan

Has American foreign policy been a reflection of a desire to promote democracy, or a simple product of hard-nosed geopolitics? In this talk, Jennifer Miller argues that democratic ideals were crucial, but not in the way most defenders claim. Focusing on the postwar occupation of Japan, she examines how the Cold War produced a new understanding of democracy as rooted in psychologies and mentalities.

Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century

How could a cultured people like the Germans have fallen for Nazi propaganda and have collaborated in their crimes? And how were the defeated survivors able to recivilize themselves, become democrats and Western allies? The transatlantic historian Konrad H. Jarausch takes a fresh look at this puzzle, based on over 80 autobiographies of the Weimar children.

How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics

Decision-makers and scholars often assume that diplomatic signals are received as they are intended.  They have faith in both their ability to convey their messages to others and to correctly interpret others’ behavior.  Robert Jervis’ research shows that this is not true and that international politics often resembles the famous Japanese movie Rashomon

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