Nargis Kassenova headshot

"Behind the façade of strategic good neighbourliness, there are tensions and potential cracks," writes Senior Fellow Nargis Kassenova of Kazakhstan's relations with Russia and China. Read the latest Chatham House report, "Kazakhstan: Tested by Transition."

energy project

Senior Fellow Aurélie Bros and Energy Project Associate Thierry Bros coauthored a recent open letter to Ursula von der Leyen, president-elect of the European Commission.

Malik Dahlan

Prof. Dr. Malik R. Dahlan, Senior Mediation Fellow with the Negotiation Task Force, joined us for a conversation about the changing role of mediation in international politics and opportunities for bringing innovative techniques to the field.

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Researchers from the Davis Center’s Negotiation Task Force have published a new Harvard case study examining the peace process in Western Sahara, one of the world’s most protracted conflicts.

Page from USSR in Constitution

Angela Wheeler, a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Design, is creating the first English-language guide to Tbilisi’s buildings and history since the collapse of the USSR.

70th photo collage

Anyone who studies Russia and Eurasia knows that a lot can happen in seventy years. As we gathered to mark the 70th anniversary of the Davis Center, alumni and friends shared stories of how they got interested in the region and how studying at Harvard changed their lives.

Arvid Bell, Kelly O'Neill, Nargis Kassenova

Meet the three outstanding scholars who are pursuing the research they're passionate about while also creating meaningful programming for the community.

Female deputies representing the Uzbek Republic at an elected council session

This International Women's Day, the Davis Center commemorates the Soviet “liberation" of Central Asia's women with a web exhibit of images documenting the radical cultural and economic shifts that were transforming Central Asia in the postwar era.

Humanities Study Group on red background

The Davis Center is delighted to announce a new addition to our lineup of public events: the Humanities Study Group.

Flag collage

If you've spent time at the Davis Center recently, you may have noticed a pair of weathered flags hanging on the wall: one Russian, one American, tied in a knot at the corner. 


Bayara Aroutunova Manusevitch, formerly of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, died at home in Belmont, Massachusetts, on March 12, 2019, at the age of 102.

Teachers doing activity at table during workshop

How can teachers advance learning for youth who think and play, and increasingly live, online?

Class of 2018 Cap Toss

It’s standard at graduations to remind the students of how much we have taught them. Of how much they’ve learned in our classes, or from their peers, or in the library. But in doing so, we overlook something even more important—how much they have taught us.

Olga Breininger-Umetayeva and Maria Vassileva

Olga Breininger-Umetayeva and Maria Vassileva have been awarded dissertation completion fellowships for the 2018–2019 academic year.

Richard Pipes

The Davis Center mourns the passing of Professor Richard Pipes, former director of the Russian Research Center and author of seminal works on Russian history, including The Russian Revolution, Russia under the Bolshevik Regime, and Property and Freedom.

Man tears down Lenin's image

Former Soviet citizens and American scholars discuss the excitement and anxiety that surrounded the fall of the USSR.

Aurélie Bros, Mariana Budjeryn, and Megan Race.

Aurélie Bros, Mariana Budjeryn, and Megan Race will join the Davis Center as postdoctoral fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Meduza's Anna Veduta

Anna Veduta of the independent media outlet Meduza discusses the challenges of journalism in Russia and the media landscape surrounding the recent Russian presidential election.

Women's March

In honor of International Women's Day, we've combed through our audio archives to bring you a selection of recordings on the role of women in the societies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. 

Cris Martin next to bowl of soup

"One of my favorite things to do with high school students," writes Outreach Director Cris Martin, "is to encourage them to consider history through an alternative perspective—in this case, not the American perspective but the Soviet."