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Next Deadline for George F. Kennan Fellowship Competition Approaching

Mar 01, 2016
The Kennan Institute seeks fellowship applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region.

Russia’s Got Talent: Kadyrov’s Electoral Politics

Feb 03, 2016
Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, a Russian region in the North Caucasus, has been the focus of conversation on Russia’s social networks since the beginning of the year. An exchange between Kadyrov, whose media of choice is Instagram, and Russian officials, parliament members, and other internet users took some bizarre turns even by Russian standards: it involved insults, gallows humor, and outright death threats.

The Russian Center

Jan 28, 2016
Conjecture about some meaningful driver of Russian behavior has been common among both foreign watchers of Russia and Russians themselves. The problem is, it is hard to tell whether the Kremlin is being rational or ideological, writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

A U.S. Blueprint for Syria

Jan 27, 2016
Why does Russia always seem to be a step ahead of the U.S. in Syria? The answer is simple: Moscow knows exactly what it wants.

Russia Won’t Recover Unless It Reforms Its State

Jan 20, 2016
The state, being what it is in Russia, a living creature with aspirations and idiosyncrasies of its own, may start saving itself, rather than saving the nation, writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

“Governance and Mobility in Northeast Asia, 1860-1945: Through the Lens of Korean Migrants”

Dec 21, 2015
In continuation of our alumni interview series, we talked with Title VIII-supported Research Scholar Alyssa Park to hear her reflections on her fellowship. Dr. Park has a PhD in History from Columbia University and is Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa. She is currently working on a project that traces the migration of Koreans to the Russian Far East and Manchuria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Song of Ukraine: Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Lead Singer of Okean Elzy, Shares His Vision for the Future

Dec 16, 2015
It’s not unusual to describe a prominent political figure as a figurative “rock star.” Well in the case of social activist, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, lead vocalist for Okean Elzy (the most successful post-Soviet rock band in Ukraine), it happens to be literally true.

Russia’s Moving Targets

Dec 15, 2015
No one will judge Putin domestically for aiming at Homs instead of Raqqa, or for sending the ruble down 60 percent instead of 20 percent—as long as his regime is in place.

Will NATO-Russia Tensions Rise after Montenegro Invitation?

Dec 08, 2015
The collective decision of the NATO Alliance on Wednesday to extend an invitation to Montenegro to begin accession talks toward NATO membership represents formal recognition of Montenegro’s accomplishments in fulfilling a range of demanding reforms and requirements for membership over the past decade. Montenegro’s membership in the Alliance is not about attempting to provoke Russia or to counter or undermine Russia’s interests. Although the “historic” decision comes at a time of high tension for the NATO-Russia relationship, the invitation results from the culmination of a process that was initiated long before the crisis in Ukraine, tensions over Syria and NATO member Turkey’s downing of the Russian aircraft.

“Solzhenitsyn: The Untranslated Oeuvre”

Dec 04, 2015
The Kennan Institute launched the Solzhenitsyn Initiative in 2014 to translate major works by Nobel Laureate Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2007) for the first time into English. Solzhenitsyn, best known in the West as the author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, wrote a number of other books, including a history of the Russian Revolution and his autobiography of his years in exile in the United States, that have been translated into other languages, but not into English.

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