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Analysis and Commentary

Kevin Mckenna On Characters, Plot, And Themes Of In The First Circle

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Russian Literature Professor Kevin McKenna of the University of Vermont talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the characters, plot, and themes of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's masterpiece, In the First Circle. This is the second episode of the EconTalk book club discussing the book. The first episode--a discussion of Solzhenitsyn's life and times--is available on EconTalk at Kevin McKenna on Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet Union, and In the First Circle.


A New Era For The China-Russia-US Triangle

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Nearly a half-century ago, President Richard Nixon’s secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, established a successful U.S. strategy for dealing with America’s two most dangerous rivals. He sought closer ties to both the Soviet Union, with its more than 7,000 nuclear weapons, and Communist China, with the world’s largest population.

In the News

Ambassador Michael McFaul: From Cold War To Hot Peace

featuring Michael McFaulvia Commonwealth Club
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Michael McFaul served as the seventh U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012–2014 and is one of America’s leading scholars with unparalleled insights into the Russian Federation. He offers his thoughts on U.S.–Russia relations, election interference and President Trump’s relationship with President Putin.

Observations From The Roundtable

Observations from the Roundtable: Russia In An Emerging World

via Governance In An Emerging New World
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Advancing technologies and demographics portend disruption in Russia, as in many other parts of the world, but volatility has been the rule rather than the exception in this historic power. The fall of the Soviet Union left modern Russia in a state of disrepair. Its economy collapsed alongside its government. Its population decreased, and fertility plummeted. To those living in Russia at the time, it was deeply destabilizing.

Analysis and Commentary

Cathy Young On Putin's Russia

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, October 7, 2018

In the November issue of Reason, Russian emigre Cathy Young writes a long, nuanced analysis of Putin’s Russia. The whole thing is worth reading. It’s titled “Dissent and Disarray in Putin’s Russia.” Underneath the title is the brief summary: “The authoritarian’s hold on power may be shakier than it looks.” Young does a good job of showing the ways in which dissent is repressed and the ways in which it’s not. I can’t do justice to those nuances in a short space. That’s why I recommend reading it for yourself.

In the News

Trump Will Meet Putin On Friday: White House

quoting H. R. McMastervia The Epoch Times
Friday, October 5, 2018

President Donald Trump will hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit on Friday (July 7). It was confirmed by the White House, Reuters reported.

In the News

Hoover Press Book, Women Of The Gulag, Featured In New Documentary

featuring Paul R. Gregoryvia Stanford News
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Women of the Gulag, a new film documentary based on Hoover scholar Paul Gregory’s book by that name, is now being screened.

Hoover Series Examines International Effects Of Demographic Shifts

featuring Hoover Institution, George P. Shultz, Michael McFaul, Stephen Kotkin, David Hollowayvia The Stanford Daily
Thursday, October 4, 2018

“Governance in an Emerging New World,” an initiative by the Hoover Institution, launched on Wednesday with the aim of promoting discussion and thinking on the governance challenges posed by rapid demographic, technological and societal change around the globe. The first panel in the series, moderated by Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Kori Schake, considered these issues with regard to Russia.


The Missed Opportunity of Technological Breakthrough in Putin’s Russia

by Michael McFaulvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Russians are richer today than they have ever been in their thousand-year history. Today, Russians enjoy a GDP-per capita of $11,900, down from a 2013 peak of $16,000, but moving in the right direction again. Between 2000 and 2008, Russia’s GDP grew by 83%, productivity grew by 70%, Russia’s share in the world economy grew fourfold, from 0.6% to 2.7%, real wages increased by 3.4 times, and real pensions increased by 2.8 times.


What Is Putin Up To? With Guest Michael McFaul

interview with Michael McFaulvia The Pod Complex
Monday, September 24, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses Vladimir Putin and Russia.