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The Silence and the Voice of the North Caucasus


Russian-Speaking Israelis Go to the Polls

Photo: Russian language advertisement in Jerusalem featuring two prominent Russian-speaking politicians. Israeli election day, March 17, 2015.


The Russian Film Industry Under Putin

Is Russian filmmaking in decline, as its numerous critics believe, or is it rising from its knees, as the Russian authorities claim?

Immigrants, Evangelicals, and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change

As immigration from Asia and Latin America reshapes the demographic composition of the U.S., some analysts have anticipated the decline of conservative white evangelicals’ influence in politics. Yet, Donald Trump captured a larger share of the white evangelical vote in the 2016 election than any candidate in the previous four presidential elections. Why has the political clout of white evangelicals persisted at a time of increased racial and ethnic diversity?

Book Talk: The Tragedy of Property: Private Life, Ownership, and the Russian State

In many Western societies, private property has acted as the citizen’s bulwark against the state. In Russia, by contrast, authorities mostly use it as a tool of governance. Moreover, the concept of private property in Russia has considerably evolved over time, and even today not all properties are created equal.

Pobreza Cero: Dream Deferred

During his 2015 presidential campaign, Mauricio Macri promised “pobreza cero.” Though he was vague on his proposed strategy and timeline, the goal helped soften his image as an out-of-touch millionaire.

Oil Derricks or Reindeer? A Clash of Economics and Traditional Lifeway in Russia’s Far North


This piece is part of a report for the field research project “Rising Voices of Northern Indigenous People in the Context of Growing Pressure of Russian Nationalism,” implemented with the financial support of the Kennan Institute.

How to Handle Pakistan's New Hardliners

Last year, Pathways to Change – Pakistan Policy Symposium, a two-day event jointly organized by the Wilson Center and INDUS, convened expert scholars, academics, and practitioners from the United States and Pakistan to explore Pakistan’s recent achievements in economic, political, and foreign affairs as well as its opportunities to address current and future challenges. Speakers and panelists focused on identifying practical, innovative, and above all actionable policy solutions.

Unlocking Japan’s Immigration Policy Potential

Immigration remains a divisive issue in the United States, but there is no doubt that the history of migration plays a key role in defining U.S. history. Japan too has its own history of immigration and emigration, but pales in comparison to that of the United States or even Europe. Yet as projections for the country’s demographic future become ever bleaker, Japan seems at first blush to be prepared to buck the global trend of closing borders.