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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.

Restaging Russian Classics: In Search of The Sleeping Beauty

The Washington Ballet's Katherine Barkman as Princess Aurora. Photo credit: Tony Powell

The Washington Ballet's Katherine Barkman as Princess Aurora. Photo credit: Tony Powell

Q&A with Diego Murzi, sociologist and member of the Salvemos al Fútbol advocacy group

Q: In 2013, the Argentine Soccer Association (AFA) introduced a law prohibiting the entry of visiting fans to local stadiums during soccer matches. Nevertheless, there have been repeated violent incidents, such as in Floresta, when the All Boys soccer hooligans attacked police; and in Nuñez, when River fans hurled bricks at Boca’s team bus as it tried to enter the stadium. Why have police outside stadiums been unable to reduce this violence?

A Centenary Celebration of Prokofiev and America

The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the rescheduled "Centenary Celebration of Prokofiev and America."

*EVENT CANCELED*: Central Asian Cinema Series: East Coast Film Premiere of Centaur

Due to a technical complication, this event has been canceled.

AfPak File Podcast: The Precarious State Of Civil Society In Pakistan

In recent weeks, new pressures have been placed on Pakistan's once-vibrant civil society.

The government expelled 18 international NGOs and placed new restrictions on the leaders of the Pashtun Tahfuz Movement (PTM), a civil rights initiative. Pakistani authorities even called on journalists to make their reporting “more positive” in a media environment reeling from censorship.

Why Do Russia and the U.S. Need Each Other?: Foreign Policy and National Identity

Russia and the United States have come into conflict over many international issues. A “war of images” also plays an important role in the current crisis in bilateral relations. Victoria Zhuravleva discussed how anti-Americanism in Russia and anti-Russian sentiments in the U.S. are used in domestic political games, as well as how foreign policy becomes a stage for defining national identity in opposition to images of the “other,” a pattern spanning the U.S.-Russia relationship for over a century.

Stories from “Russia Behind Bars”: A Conversation with Olga Romanova

The prison and exile experience connects some of the most influential figures in Russian history. “Prison culture” continues to impact contemporary Russian culture and society. Olga Romanova will discuss how "prison culture" influences the everyday lives of Russians based on testimonies from her new book “Russia Behind Bars,” which includes illustrations by Oleg Navalny.