Eighteen scholars from around the world join the Davis Center community remotely this year. Learn more about them and their work.

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You are deep into a negotiation, and after weeks of back and forth, you are finally close to a deal. But when you check in with your organization, you determine that a specific issue you fought for no longer suits your organization’s best interests. Now what?


We are pleased to introduce the ten students who make up this year's REECA cohort. A variety of research interests are represented, some of which include economic and democratic development in Central Asia, Soviet nationality problems, and Russian legal history. The students' backgrounds include...

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An expanded guide to the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System, a collection of anonymous interviews in which several hundred Soviet displaced persons and defectors described their experiences in the USSR prior to and during World War II, is now available. 

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Although I had met Islam Karimov once or twice before my arrival at Tashkent in October, 1997, I hardly knew him. He evidently knew a lot about me.

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Sarah Cameron's Hungry Steppe has changed public discourse about a famine of 1932–33 that claimed the lives of a quarter of Kazakhstan's population. 

Staff on zoom with letters "Congrats REECA 2020!!"

There's something all REECAns share, and something the class of 2020 embodies particularly well. It's a joy and a delight to celebrate your accomplishments.

Caravanserai, Khiva, Uzbekistan

For everyone stuck at home this summer, a selection of spectacular travelogues to transport you through time and space.

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Over the past year Widener Library has been busy implementing a number of digital projects pertaining to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Here’s a summary.

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My first encounters with Central Asia occurred in 1995-1997 while I was serving as Special Assistant to Ambassador Jim Collins, the State Department’s Ambassador-at-Large for the New Independent States. Before assuming this position, I had witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union working out...

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Six academic institutions from the United States, Russia, and Europe welcome the inaugural cohort of the Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA), a new, highly selective program that will train 16 emerging international security leaders in arms control history, technology, and negotiations

Dirk van der Kley

Earlier this year, before the pandemic hit Central Asia, the Davis Center hosted a talk China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the region by Dirk van der Kley. It was based on a thorough multiyear study drawing on findings of field research in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

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In “The Winter’s Tale,” Shakespeare famously situated a piece of the action on “the Coast of Bohemia,” which is a landlocked province in Central Europe, and scholars have argued about why ever since. Those first years of creating whole new relationships–something new under the sun–were in many...

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When Harvard announced that the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester would be completed online, educators were pressed to alter their carefully crafted curricula for the digital sphere. For Arvid Bell, lecturer on government at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, virtual lectures ​in lieu ​of in-...

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Will the global energy transition reduce economic overdependence on hydrocarbons, or will it spur a desperate search for new hydrocarbon customers? A new report by Morena Skalamera examines shifts in foreign energy policy in key petrostates of Central Asia.

Cris Patvakanian standing in front of wall at Central Bank of Armenia

Cristopher Patvakanian ’20, an economics concentrator with a secondary field in Government, was recently awarded a Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for his thesis, “The Ethnic Connection: Armenian Diaspora Investment."

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You have secured a landmark agreement but then crisis strikes. Your counterpart would like to renegotiate. The deal is at risk of crumbling. What do you do? The Negotiation Task Force offers three techniques for forging stronger deals against the backdrop of crisis.

Scene from joint Wehrmacht-Red Army parade with three men

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, it would be much better not only for the history of Russia but also for the country’s future if Russian leaders were willing to permit—and even encourage—a more even-handed discussion of the Soviet Union’s role in the war.

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More than thirty years after smallpox was declared eradicated in the USSR, a young biologist from the Kazakh city of Aralsk fell ill with symptoms of the disease. Its origin would be traced to a secret bioweapons testing facility in the middle of the Aral Sea.