Russia and Eurasia News

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.

Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution 2016-17

Feb 10, 2016
Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the 2016 competition for the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution.

Building a Soviet City: the Transformation of Königsberg

Feb 08, 2016
In continuation of our alumni interview series, we talked with Title VIII-supported Research Scholar Nicole Eaton to hear her reflections on her fellowship. Dr. Eaton, Assistant Professor of History at Boston College, is writing a book on politics, everyday life, and the German-Soviet encounter in Königsberg-Kaliningrad. See the discussion below on the broader context of German and Soviet occupations, postwar urban rebuilding, nationalities policies, and forced migrations.

A Whiff of Panic in the Kremlin as Russia’s Economy Sinks Further

Feb 04, 2016
If the government loses its head in this crisis, the Russian people are bound to follow. That is Putin’s worst-case scenario.

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.

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.

Popular Decisions, Unpopular Outcomes

Jan 11, 2016
The president’s moves are bound to remain popular, despite leading to disastrous outcomes. Today’s Russia may serve as a teaching aide for anyone interested in studying the effects of populism.

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.

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.

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