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.

children with Castro

Isabelle DeSisto thought she knew what to expect when she set off on a research trip to Moscow and Havana last summer. She didn't anticipate she would also be drawn in by the fascinating connection between Cuba and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Transmission electron microscopic image of Covid-19

Interventions in complex systems require both smart action and strategic patience. Here are three key insights from negotiation research to promote sound decisions in times of immense pressure and uncertainty.

Widener Library

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak many publishers and vendors are making some or all of their content freely available.

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When we at the Davis Center were laying out our 2020 calendar, making sure to include all Central Asian public holidays, U.S. public holidays, and Harvard dates, we couldn’t imagine the year would unfold like this...

Female doctor examining female patient with stethoscope

We live in bewildering times. What seems paranoid one day reveals itself to underestimate danger the next.