Why Putin’s Strategy to Revive Russia Worked

By Stanley Shapiro Over the last two decades, Russia has slowly dragged itself up in the global hierarchy. Now, it not only wields influence across the world, but also maintains a far improved quality of life domestically. This change was far from inevitable, though. At the end of the nineties, many in the U.S. Government believed Russia could be “safely ignored.” While today we easily … Continue reading Why Putin’s Strategy to Revive Russia Worked

End Capital Punishment: The Short-Sightedness of Magnitsky Act Sanctions on Kadyrov

By Misha Tseitlin After the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi under dubious circumstances that mirror human rights abuses and the eventual death of Sergei Magnitsky in Russia, the lack of an international response has prompted calls for sanctions—often grounded in the justification of the Global Magnitsky Act. However, while many are ready to jump on this new crisis and leverage existing tools, they are quick … Continue reading End Capital Punishment: The Short-Sightedness of Magnitsky Act Sanctions on Kadyrov

CH-Ч-Changes: The Geopolitics Behind Kazakh Alphabet Reform

By Leora Eisenberg ‘20 It almost seems like a given that alphabets are a core part of a culture. What some may not understand is that language laws are a tense issue in post-Soviet space. Alphabets are integral to a language and its speakers, in spite of whatever historical revisionism an empire might seek to impose. They are inextricable from a country’s identity, history and culture. … Continue reading CH-Ч-Changes: The Geopolitics Behind Kazakh Alphabet Reform