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Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
In the News

Fight Among The Wolves

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia Outlook India
Monday, January 15, 2018

Between 1928 and 1941, Stalin consolidated power, eliminated enemies and triggered reforms. This tome of a biography shows him in extreme close-up.

Analysis and Commentary

Nagging Questions For The Special Counselors ...

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Sunday, December 31, 2017

1) If the FISA Court orders to explore the purported Trump-Russian collusion were predicated on phony Steele/Fusion GPS documents and suppositions that prove largely untrue (Comey himself testified under oath that he could not verify their contents), then are subsequent transcripts of court-approved surveilled conversations somewhat poisoned? 

In the News

Seeing Red

featuring Hoover Institutionvia Palo Alto Online
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Stanford exhibition shows how the Bolshevik Revolution upended Russian art and politics.
In the News

From The Romanovs To Putin, These Books Offer Insight Into Russia’s History

featuring Robert Servicevia Seattle Times
Thursday, December 28, 2017

The story of Russia is one of wild swings; these books help us understand them.


Michael McFaul: Former US Ambassador To Russia Explains Exactly Why He Was The Target Of Putin’s Trolls

interview with Michael McFaulvia Raw Story
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses how Russia has been using the same playbook to meddle in American politics as far back as 2012, when it aggressively trolled McFaul, US ambassador to Russia, on Twitter.

Analysis and Commentary

Christmas Comes Early For Russia’s Putin

by Markos Kounalakisvia McClatchy DC Bureau
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas came a little early for Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin this year. Russia usually celebrates the holiday on January 7, but President Putin’s present arrived a month early when he announced his intention to remain in office via a national voting process. He has unofficially already won.


Stephen Kotkin: Episode 189: The Best Author Interviews Of 2017 (31:10)

interview with Stephen Kotkinvia The American Interest
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Stephen Kotkin discusses his new biography, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 (the transcript for which can be found here).

In the News

Russian Trolls Went On Attack During Key Election Moments

quoting Michael McFaulvia NBC News
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Thousands of Russian trolls targeted national events during the 2016 U.S. presidential election to infiltrate the online conversations of millions of Americans, according to a new analysis of a database of recovered troll tweets by NBC News. The records show how digital communications tools invented by U.S. companies, such as Twitter and Facebook, were instead exploited by the Kremlin-backed agents to promote autocracy and fear.

In the News

Senate Russia Investigators Are Interested In Jill Stein

quoting Michael McFaulvia Euronews
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Two Senate committees probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election have now asked for materials related to Green Party candidate Jill Stein's campaign.

In the News

‘Despot Has Slaves In His Inner Circle’

quoting Stephen Kotkinvia The Times of India
Sunday, December 17, 2017

American historian Stephen Kotkin, who has published two volumes on Joseph Stalin, kicked off the session 'Despots Then and Now' by explaining the difference between a despot and a dictator. "A dictator is the first among equals, meaning this person has unquestioned authority and those around him regard themselves as his collaborators or comrades," said Kotkin.