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Russia and Globalization: Identity, Security, and Society in an Era of Change

Russia is a battered giant, struggling to rebuild its power and identity in an era of globalization. Several of the essays in this diverse and original collection point to the difficulty of guaranteeing a stable domestic order due to demographic shifts, economic changes, and institutional weaknesses. Other contributors focus on the country’s efforts to respond to the challenges posed by globalization, and discuss the various ways in which Russia is reconceptualizing its role as an international actor. Ambivalence is a recurrent theme, according to editor Douglas W.

Aktualno: Tolerantnist! [Current Issue: Tolerance!] (2008)

Collection of papers on migration and tolerance in Ukraine, edited by Yaroslav Pylynskyi.  

Kuala Lumpur Calling: Al Jazeera English in Asia

Al Jazeera, a Qatar-based, Arabic-language satellite news channel, is arguably one of the Middle East’s—and the world’s— most influential news sources. Established in 1996, Al Jazeera is credited with defying media censorship and expanding the margin of press freedoms across the Middle East. Though it receives much of its funding from the emir of Qatar, the station has been widely recognized as an independent news voice in the Middle East.

The Arts of Democracy: Art, Public Culture, and the State

Influenced by two decades of debate inside and outside the academy about the relationship among the arts, politics, and public policy, the essays collected in The Arts of Democracy represent the coming of age of one of the liveliest fields in contemporary academic life.

Dispersed Relations: Americans and Canadians in Upper North America

Although they sometimes seem to be engaged in a single, wildly imbalanced relationship, the United States and Canada actually share interwoven connections through a host of regional, cultural, social, economic, and even political communities that form an American-Canadian interdependence, according to Reginald C. Stuart.

Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China

Popular memories of the revolutionary past have become a political and cultural force in China. Traumatic memory and active criticism make up part of this wave, but so does nostalgia for collective responsibility and for feelings of freedom and progress.

The Art of Conversation: dialogue at the Woodrow Wilson Center

When Robert McNamara co-authored Wilson’s Ghost, he intended the book as an apology—his “political last will and testament”—for misguided policies he had advanced in the Vietnam War. And when General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. led the fabled Tuskegee Airmen in the skies of Europe in World War II, he saw that as a second front in a war for dignity that black aviators were already fighting.

Soft Power and Its Perils: U.S. Cultural Policy in Early Postwar Japan and Permanent Dependency

This book examines the cultural aspects of U.S.-Japan relations during the postwar Occupation and the early years of the Cold War and analyzes their effect on the adoption of democratic values by the Japanese. Takeshi Matsuda finds that the results were mixed: Japan is an electoral democracy but intellectually remains elitist and submissive—in part because of U.S. efforts to reinforce the domestic importance of intellectual elites. The author is especially concerned with the development of American Studies in Japan, and U.S. efforts to foster it.

Kapital Rozmaiitosty: Transnatsionalni Migranty v Monreali, Vashingtoni ta Kyievi [Creating Diversity Capital: Transnational Migrants in Montreal, Washington, and Kyiv] (2007)

Translated by Taras Tsymbal. No digital form available at this time. Please contact the Kennan Kyiv Project if you would like to obtain a copy: kennan@kennan.kiev.ua. For English-Language version look here.

Mihratsiia i Tolerantnist v Ukraiini [Migration and Tolerance in Ukraine] (2007)

A collection of papers on migration and tolerance in Ukraine, edited by Yaroslav Pylynskyi. 

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