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.

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.

The EU needs to send a clear message, argues Prof. Stephen Jones: Brussels should notify Georgia’s government that the country's EU candidacy will be suspended should the foreign agents law pass.

The war has made Azerbaijan more important to both Europe and Russia, raising Baku's star perhaps higher than it's ever been, while Moscow's sway in the Caucasus is at a nadir, writes Davis Center alum Joshua Kucera.

Earlier waves of emigration from Russia, as well as growing persecution and denunciations of political dissent, plus Kremlin efforts to boost patriotism, may have influenced the poll results, writes center associate Simon Saradzhyan.