Insights

Writing. Convening. Teaching. Training. Modeling. Experimenting. Engaging. Across time zones and international boundaries, members of our community are at work. Our “Insights” gallery is a multimedia guide to intellectual life at the Davis Center.

While Russian-speakers in Latvia are no monolith, recent polling on culpability for the war suggests splits in views along ethnolinguistic lines, writes our visiting scholar Māris Andžāns.

Davis Center postdoc Alex Averbuch has compiled a unique collection of photographs and letters sent home by so-called Ostarbeiters, or "eastern workers." Here, he discusses the conscripts’ creative ways of defying totalitarian control in communicating with loved ones.

Once again, our Georgian studies program joins forces with the Somerville Arts Council to catalyze a vibrant cross-cultural collaboration among four talented artists. Meet them here, then see them perform.

Gen Z, previously unengaged, may now push the country toward political revolution, catalyzed by the ruling party’s foreign agents law, writes Stephen Jones, director of our Georgian studies program.

Contrary to Putin’s earlier claims, the Kremlin is reversing old privatization deals — billions of dollars' worth — and redistributing assets in favor of loyal entrepreneurs, writes economist Andrei Yakovlev.

The country’s security depends on long-term commitments from the West, Davis Center alum Eric Ciaramella writes for Foreign Affairs.

Last summer Latvia reinstated a military draft in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Our visiting scholar Māris Andžāns says the experiment has gone smoothly so far but may get trickier as the number of conscripts grows.

Prof. Stephen Jones tells Davis Center alum Joshua Kucera why Tbilisi’s ruling party introduced its "foreign agent" law, why it’s triggered huge protests, and the potential consequences of both.

The former U.S. presidential advisor and Davis Center alumna speaks with Russia Matters about all the above, plus turmoil and elections worldwide, Trump, and the Russian leader's adeptness at using others' weaknesses to his advantage.