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An Interview with Title VIII Research Scholar Maria Blackwood

Maria Blackwood is a Title VIII Research Scholar with the Kennan Institute, where she focuses her research on Central Asia and Soviet Kazakhstan. We recently asked her to reflect on her work at the Kennan Institute and tell us more about how she became interested in her research topic.

Q: Tell me about your background and what brought you to the Wilson Center.

Sherri Goodman Testifies Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on How Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Security

On April 2, 2019, Environmental Change & Security Program and Polar Institute Senior Fellow Sherri Goodman testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on "How Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Security." Her testimony touched on the Asia-Pacific region, the Arctic, China, Russia, water vulnerabilties in the Middle East and Africa, and military readiness.

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.

Everyday Transnationalism: Soviet and American Correspondence During the Cold War

Scholars have long assumed that there was little contact between Soviet and American civilians during the Truman-Stalin era, a time more associated with the dawn of the Cold War, McCarthyism in America, and the anti-western Zhdanovshchina in the Soviet Union. And yet, during this tumultuous time, American and Soviet women were in regular, intimate contact. Between 1944 and 1955, they exchanged over 500 letters, attempting to safeguard peace and advance mutual understanding by becoming pen-pals.

Forgotten Parties to the INF

On February 2, 2019, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing the Russian Federation’s material breach of the Treaty as justification for the decision.

According to Article XV of the Treaty, the United States will suspend its obligations under the Treaty 60 days after providing notice, unless in this time, Russia agrees to come in compliance.