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Serhii Plokhii and his book "The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story"

In 1959, the KGB, determined to squash the movement for independence in Ukraine, sent Bogdan Stashinsky to assassinate Stepan Bandera using the most unusual of methods. Stashinsky was put on trial in what would become the most publicized assassination case of the Cold War. His story is rousingly...

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The Davis Center is pleased to announce the results of the Fellows Program competition for 2017–2018. The postdoctoral fellows will participate in a seminar on the theme "Revolutions in Eurasia.” During the program, participants will trace the broader implications of the revolution experience in...

Shishkina-Iavein's granddaughter in front of piano

A prominent prerevolutionary women's activist, long believed to have vanished, had in fact continued practicing medicine in Russia for decades. She shared her passions—and the family archive—with her granddaughter.

Matryoshka dolls with Olympiada medals

Studying grammar in the classroom presents its own challenges, particularly for ambitious students who have chosen to learn Russian. But conversing intelligently about culture, geography, and literature? Now that’s a challenge of an entirely different magnitude.

Ukrainian pop star Ruslana on the Kyiv barricades in February 2014.

Not merely helpers but makers of the revolution: researcher Olena Nikolayenko on the steadfast women who put their lives on the line for Ukraine's future.

To support innovative applications of technology in advancing regional studies, the Davis Center will award a prize for the best geographic information systems (GIS) project relevant to Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies.

Poliksena Shishkina-Iavein

Nineteen-seventeen is perhaps the most researched year in all of Russian history. Yet the Bolshevik Revolution has all but eclipsed a huge development for women’s rights that occurred the same year, when Russia became the first major power to grant women the right to vote.

At this moment of great geopolitical change, Davis Center Director Rawi Abdelal looks at the fate of globalization through the lenses of great power transitions, national borders, and economic inequality.

Michael Beckelhimer

We talked with Michael Beckelhimer, REECA A.M. '96, about the making of Pushkin Is Our Everything and why the 19th-century poet remains a such a powerful and fervently adored symbol in Russia.

Nat Erb-Satullo's team at a dig site in the hills of western Georgia

Archeologist Nat Erb-Satullo went to Georgia looking for evidence of how and why people of the ancient world put down their bronze objects and moved into the iron age. What he found sheds light on the social forces that spark innovation.

Seemingly inevitable in retrospect but utterly unprecedented, the end of the Soviet Union was made official on December 26,1991. Twenty-five years later there is still no singular narrative of how a multitude of forces came together to dissolve the largest nation on earth.

A woman is photographed during the protests at the Maidan, Kiev, Ukraine. By Anastasia Taylor-Lind. https://anastasia-taylorlind.squarespace.com/maidan

In 2014, British photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Ukrainian journalist Alisa Sopova were both in Ukraine, questioning how to represent the ongoing conflict. When they met, they developed a creative collaboration that allowed them to do just that.

Infant ward in a Kabul hospital in the 1960s

Historian Timothy Nunan takes us to Cold War Afghanistan—where Soviet and European rivalry played out not through tanks and guns, but through opposing ideas about international development and humanitarian aid.

The Davis Center welcomes its fellows and visiting scholars for academic year 2016–2017. Collectively, the cohort speaks over 25 languages, including Sakha and Sorbian. These scholars join us from institutions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland,...

Decades after the theories of Soviet agronomist Trofim Lysenko were discredited, his name is back on the tongues of some Russian scientists. Historian of science Loren Graham explores Lysenko’s political legacy and the extent to which new developments in microbiology validate his claims.

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