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  • 1 Apr 2014
    Alfred Rieber

    Uncertain Borders

    As the battle over Crimea rages, Alfred Rieber recounts the long history of conflict and shifting borders in eastern Europe that forms the foundation of his book, The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands.

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  • 9 Feb 2010
    Lucan Way

    What Ukraine’s Election Means for Democracy

    via Foreign Affairs - author Lucan Way on the Ukraine election: In 2004, the world watched as the Orange Revolution unfolded in Ukraine, pitting an insurgent, pro-Western opposition, led by Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko, against a pro-Russian autocratic government, represented by Viktor Yanukovych. After months of protest, Yushchenko became president in January 2005. Last month, the three faced off against one another in the first round of presidential elections. Yushchenko lost badly, with Yanukovych and Tymoshenko coming out on top, receiving 35 percent and 25 percent of the vote, respectively. A runoff election between the two was held on February 7 to determine Ukraine’s next president. For both better and worse, this election marks a sharp break from 2004: Ukraine is now less dominated by a choice between East and West, yet more mired in rampant cynicism and fears of institutional and political chaos.

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  • 3 Sep 2009

    Russian Color Photographs – 1907-1915

    A gorgeous Newsweek photo gallery shows never-before-developed photographs of official photographer to the Russian Czar Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. They were taken between 1907 and 1915 on separate glass plates. Historians and photographers both, prepare for a treat!

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  • 6 Jul 2009

    Decoding Russia: David Foglesong

    The New York Times quotes David Foglesong on America’s difficulty understanding Russian attitudes: “American have had this expectation that because Russia is white and Christian and had the same kind of frontier experience that America had, it would evolve more and more into the United States. The truth is that Russia is a separate country […]

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  • 18 Aug 2008

    Were Russia’s Attacks Legal?

    And were the Georgians’? I admit it: no matter how many news stories I read, I hadn’t sorted the whole thing out. Some Canadian law students have taken care of that, and on a site with a great title: Law is Cool. Plus, their banner includes Justice wearing sunglasses. That gives our monkey-headed Darwin a […]

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  • 17 Jul 2008

    A Legacy of Russophobia

    GuideMoscow.com caught an earlier post of ours about David Foglesong’s book, and noted the cartoon. Foglesong writes of a legacy of American efforts to re-make Russia in its image, and his book includes a number of hilarious (if scary) political cartoons from the late 19th and early 20th Century. Yes, friends, themes include Satan, the […]

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  • 12 May 2008
    David Foglesong

    What’s with the Panic Over Russia?

    The US sometimes just can’t get Russia. And that’s nothing new. For decades, through propaganda, pressure, and direct religious missionary work, Americans tried to persuade Russians that they could be re-made into “free” people. David Foglesong is an historian of Russia, who just testified to the US “Helsinki Commission” on Security and Cooperation in Europe […]

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