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Russia Substitutes Politicized History for Politics

Last Saturday some of my friends had to line up for four to five hours to take part in this year’s remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Soviet terror. Initiated by the activist group Memorial, the event is an annual gathering at which people recite the names of those killed in the purges and extralegal executions that took place in the Soviet Union between the 1920s and the early 1950s.

Ya Heart Vladimir: A Visit to the Regions

Giant, Cyrillic block letters spelling “Ya Heart Vladimir” (“I Love Vladimir”) now illuminate Cathedral Square in downtown Vladimir, Russia. The cheery, familiar slogan brought a smile to my face – da, ya lyublyu Vladimir. In early August I traveled back to the ancient city (just how ancient remains under intense debate, with estimates of its founding ranging from 990 to 1108) in Russia’s “Golden Ring[1].” I first got to know Vladimir 15 years ago, fresh out of college.

The Russian Question in St. Louis: “Why Did Hillary Go to This Debate?”



Ukrainian Literature Series: "Decomposition" with Ukrainian Poet Lyuba Yakimchuk

Cosponsored by the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University

8 Misguided Arguments on Refugees and Terrorism

Refugee resettlement in the United States is as politicized as it has been in generations. That is a shame, because our current dumbed-down debate distracts us from reforms that could attract consensus support, decreasing security risks while ensuring the program’s viability.

Honoring Rostropovich’s Legacy of Musical Diplomacy

This event is co-sponsored by the National Symphony Orchestra as part of its series A Salute to Slava, which honors the work and life of its former music director Mstislav “Slava” Rostropovich.

Hollywood’s Dangerous Obsession with China

American film studios are playing a leading role in the growing strategic and ideological competition between China and the U.S., and Washington is taking note. Sixteen members of Congress wrote a letter calling for scrutiny of Chinese investments in the U.S. film industry, and former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) wants a review of Hollywood’s pursuit of Chinese box office.

Bringing New York to the Broadway Stage

In 1987, two very different reviews of the state of New York City appeared almost simultaneously. The first was a report issued by an ad hoc Commission on New York in 2000 chaired by Robert F. Wagner Jr., who was the son of the city’s beloved three-term mayor and grandson of a popular New York Senator, and was himself deeply involved in city affairs and a chair of the City Planning Commission. The second review was a special issue of the distinguished leftist journal Dissent edited by author and journalist Jim Sleeper.

25 Years of Independence: Celebrating the Kyrgyz Journey through Jazz

Please join us for an evening of entertainment and enlightenment with Kyrgyzstan’s leading jazz band, Salt Peanuts. Their performance will showcase the strong bond between the US and Kyrgyz people and their shared love for jazz — music that was once forbidden under Soviet rule. Salt Peanuts' performance will include elements of Kyrgyz and American music to tell the story of the Republic’s nomadic culture, aspirations, and freedom

Harnessing the Power of Grey: Aging Societies and Revitalizing Regional Urban Centers in Japan and the United States

Nearly 40 percent of Japan’s population is expected to be over 65 years old by 2060, addressing the needs of a greying society could well be Japan’s single biggest challenge. In the United States, a steady flow of immigration has kept the demographic spread more balanced, but some cities are facing more obstacles than others to address the concerns of an aging population. Yet meeting the needs of an increasingly aging population could actually lead to greater innovation and efficiencies in urban areas.