Society and Culture

What’s in a Name? The Kremlin's Political Strategy, That’s What

Parents who think names like Princess Daniella, Tsar, and BOCH rVF 260602 have a nice ring to them are out of luck. A new law prohibits giving children names that include numbers, combinations of numbers and letters, symbols, swear words, ranks, or last names with more than two hyphenated words. The grounds: these kinds of names violate the rights of children.

Cultural Undercurrents in the Post-Soviet Space

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This article first appeared on Intersection

Oral histories are emerging as a useful way for analysts to get beyond the façade of high politics, public discourse, and popular protests in the post-Soviet space.

MENA Women News Brief

The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the region on a bi-weekly basis.


August 1 - August 15, 2018



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