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Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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Inside Stalin's Head

by Norman M. Naimarkfeaturing Stephen Kotkinvia Reason
Sunday, February 1, 2015

We all think we know Stalin. He was the brutal and vengeful dictator of the Soviet Union from the late 1920s until 1953, when, mercifully, he died before he could do any more damage. He was the instigator of forced industrialization and collectivization, taking his country down a dead-end path to modernity from which its heirs are still trying to recover.

Taylor Jones cartoon

Putin Is No Peacemaker

by Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The United States should call out Putin for what he is—and make the world listen.

Russian Presidential Press Office

Fire Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Memo to the Russian people: the great leader is actually a great liability.

Taylor Jones cartoon

Are We Reliving 1914?

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

There are disturbing parallels—and heartening differences.

The Afterlives of Empires

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

World War I may have destroyed empires, but their internal tensions lived on. Why today’s little wars are the direct descendants of the Great War.

Australian War Memorial Photo Collection / Captain Frank Hurley

Myths of the Great War

by Mark Harrisonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The statesmen of 1914 knew how terrible the conflict would be—but they marched all the same.

Taylor Jones cartoon

Rocket Man

by Vitaly Leonidovich Katayevvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mission Control played Tchaikovsky, the countdown ended, and then the huge Soviet rocket composed its own last movement—a fireball. A Cold War weapons designer recalls a darkly comic memory.

Claude-Joseph Vernet / J. Paul Getty Museum

The Quiet Sea?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Calm may reign around the Mediterranean, but peace on these historic shores is far from inevitable.

Hoover Institution Archives— Jan Karski Papers

“So Many Others Stood Silent”

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jan Karski brought the Holocaust to the world’s attention and fought to free Poland, his homeland. He also amassed historical treasure for the Hoover Archives.

Featured Commentary

Europe's Cycle Of Fear: Will Radicalized Minorities Drag Anxious Majorities In The Wrong Direction?

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

With a foiled Islamist terrorist plot in Belgium following hard on the heels of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, politicians on the xenophobic, anti-immigration far right are looking to pick up votes across Europe. There is a real danger of a downward spiral in which radicalized minorities, Muslim and anti-Muslim, will drag anxious majorities in the wrong direction.