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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. 

Caravanserai, Khiva, Uzbekistan

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

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.

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."

maps and flags

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.

woman holding sign

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.

View of hands of people holding pens, negotiating documents

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.

masks on ground

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. 

billboard with young child

As Russia prepared to vote on constitutional changes that would allow President Vladimir Putin to break through term limits and retain power until 2036, a set of billboards in Tomsk called on residents to endorse the changes with an unsubtle allusion to the country's past.


iceland house

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...

NTF collage

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-...

empty street

Davis Center students, visitors, and graduates around the world report on their version of the "new normal."

Matryoshka dolls wearing face masks

Russia has responded to the pandemic by drawing on some of its useful experience controlling tuberculosis, by suffering from the weaknesses of an imperfectly reformed health system, and by seeing control efforts undercut by a legacy of inadequate, unevenly distributed medical facilities.


An American and a Soviet soldier embraced shortly after their meeting at the Elbe River at Torgau, Germany on April 25, 1945. They represented the historic coming together of American and Soviet armies that culminated in Germany’s surrender weeks later.  

oil tankers

In this issue of Energy Lighthouse from the Energy Project at the Davis Center, senior fellow Aurélie Bros and Energy Project associate David Jalilvand explore the new phase in the geopolitics of energy in the Persian Gulf.

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The Belt and Road Initiative is fostering connectivity between China and different parts of the world, including Africa and Central Asia, creating shared and relevant experiences in these distant regions.

Kate Brown

In the larger, ongoing drama of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, women featured most as everyday heroes working to bring the story of a widescale public health disaster to the public.