Stephen F. Cohen PODCAST: America’s Collusion With Neo-Nazis

The previous 40-year experience taught that Cold War can corrupt even American democracy — politically, economically, morally. There are many examples of how the new edition has already degraded America’s media, politicians, even scholars.


Please join The Harriman Institute and New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia for a debate between Stephen F. Cohen (Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at New York University and Princeton University) and Michael McFaul (Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University) on “The New U.S.-Russian Cold War: Who is to Blame?”

Nicolai N. Petro: The Surprising Allure of Russian Soft Power

Russia sees itself as that part of the West that perceives liberal fundamentalism as futile and seeks to establish a framework of global leadership around the values that the West shares with non-Western states. Prominent political theorist Boris Mezhuev has dubbed this approach “civilizational realism.”

Nicolai N. Petro: The Values Trap (from May 2013)

Our animosity toward Russia did not arise from communism, the late Martin Malia notes, so there was no reason for it to disappear with communism’s collapse. It stems, rather, from a stunted view of history that overlooks the contributions that Byzantium and Eastern Orthodoxy have made to Western civilization.

Pietro Shakarian: The Significance of Armenia’s ‘April Revolution’

Analysts outside of Armenia scrambled to make sense of the April Revolution. Was it a “color revolution” or a Ukrainian-style Maidan? Was it a “blow to Putin” as the pages of The Washington Post suggested? Ultimately, calling this movement a Maidan or framing it as an anti-Putin movement obscures our objective understanding of it as observers.

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