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Book Talk: The Dissidents

From the mid-1960s on, Peter Reddaway published numerous articles and books about Soviet dissent. In 1969 he co-founded the Alexander Herzen Foundation with historian Jan Willem Bezemer and Karel van het Reve, in order to publish the work of Soviet dissidents for a Western audience.

Ethnic Interest Group Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy: The Armenian, Ukrainian, and Baltic Experiences

The past 25 years has witnessed a growing scholarly interest in the role of ethnic interest groups, or diasporas, in the conceptualization of America’s foreign policy.

“Where Is Our Land?”: Challenges for Indigenous Groups in the Russian Arctic

This piece is part of the Kennan Institute's Eleven Time Zones Series.


In a new development in the long-simmering conflict between the Moscow authorities and representatives of the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, one of the organizations providing support for the far-flung nomadic groups was ordered shut by a Moscow court.

Parsing the propaganda: What to make of Kim Jong Un on a white horse

Kim Jong Un on a white horse, galloping through the snowy mountains at top speed, fog and mist rising behind him. Kim Jong Un leading the charge up a steep mountain, like a general leading warriors heading off to battle. Kim Jong Un lost in thought as he rides solemnly through the forests of Mount Paektu, his sister at his side.

Interview with Marcelo Calero, Career Diplomat and Federal Deputy

This interview is also available in Portuguese, following the English version below / A entrevista está disponível em português, sob a versão em inglês.

Afghanistan’s Silent Tragedy

Last week, the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan marked its 18-year anniversary. U.S. forces have now been fighting there for nearly two decades.

Afghans, however, have experienced conflict for twice as long. Before U.S. troops arrived in October 2001, there was a period of Taliban rule, and that was preceded by civil war. And before that, in the 1980s, there was the Soviet occupation.