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.


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-...

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

people hugging

Soviet photojournalists played a major role in documenting the USSR's victory over Nazi Germany on May 9, 1945, and its first commemorations. Their striking images were distributed abroad by the Soviet Information Bureau.