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“Where Is Our Land?”: Challenges for Indigenous Groups in the Russian Arctic

This piece is part of the Kennan Institute's Eleven Time Zones Series.


In a new development in the long-simmering conflict between the Moscow authorities and representatives of the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, one of the organizations providing support for the far-flung nomadic groups was ordered shut by a Moscow court.

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.

Interview with Marcelo Calero, Career Diplomat and Federal Deputy

This interview is also available in Portuguese, following the English version below / A entrevista está disponível em português, sob a versão em inglês.

Afghanistan’s Silent Tragedy

Last week, the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan marked its 18-year anniversary. U.S. forces have now been fighting there for nearly two decades.

Afghans, however, have experienced conflict for twice as long. Before U.S. troops arrived in October 2001, there was a period of Taliban rule, and that was preceded by civil war. And before that, in the 1980s, there was the Soviet occupation.

Victoria Smolkin: A History of Soviet Atheism

Victoria Smolkin is an Associate Professor of Russian History at Wesleyan University. In 2014-2015 Smolkin was a Title VIII Research Fellow at the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute. Smolkin's research has been supported by Princeton University's Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies; the Social Science Research Council Eurasia Post-Doctoral Research Award; the Sherman Emerging Scholar Lectureship; the Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship in Religion and Ethics; and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, among others.

Africa-China Relations: Causes of Tension and Possible Peace Pathways—A Case Study of Zambia

On October 16, 2019 the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted the event “Africa-China Relations: Causes of Tension and Possible Peace Pathways—A Case Study of Zambia.” Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program moderated the event. The event featured Dr. Emmanuel Matambo, current Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar at the Wilson Center, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa; Dr.