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Technology and Governance in Russia: Possibilities

by Stephen Kotkinvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

This paper will ruminate in a highly preliminary way on the possibility of change in Russian governance as a result of disruptions in technology.  No such momentous changes are on the horizon at the moment.  That said, history moves in surprising ways, and unintended consequences are the norm.  Technological disruption, too, usually brings change in unforeseen directions.  Whatever happens, it will not happen the precise way we might anticipate.  

In the News

The Decline Of Western News

mentioning Markos Kounalakisvia World Affairs
Monday, September 17, 2018

Just as the global economy increasingly is influenced by rising powers in the East, so too is the global news media. Today, Western journalism is in decline. With fewer foreign correspondents, international bureaus and stringer networks from US and other Western news organizations around the world, the non-Western, often state-run media outlets from countries like China and Russia are filling in the gaps, growing rapidly and broadly. What are the implications of this shift in sourcing our international news? 


The Sunday Show With Michael McFaul

interview with Michael McFaulvia Hromadske
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses trends in Ukraine and the region.

Analysis and Commentary

Henderson On Krueger On Terrorism

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, September 15, 2018

How serious a problem is terrorism? Krueger’s table of relative risks shows that the answer is “not very.” An American’s lifetime risk of being killed by a terrorist, calculates Krueger, is 1:69,000. Compare that to the 1:88 chance of being killed in a motor vehicle accident and the even more serious 1:7 risk of dying from cancer and 1:4 risk of dying from heart disease.


The 9/11 Attacks Were No Pearl Harbor

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Friday, September 14, 2018

Comparing the jihadist attacks on September 11, 2001 to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor has become a staple of commentary on the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. Google this topic and nearly half a million links will pop up; google “lesson plans” and you’ll get nearly five million hits. In the catalogue of historical analogies, the comparison of 9/11 to 12/7 is perhaps the most popular outside the historians’ guild.

In the News

Groysman Tells Condoleezza Rice About Changes In Ukraine

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Ukrinform News
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman held a meeting with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday evening.

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YES 2018: Post-Putin Russia Is Hard To Predict But It’s Not Hopeless, Panelists Say

quoting Michael McFaulvia Kyiv Post
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been in power for almost two decades and will stay for at least six years more. His leadership, however, has been so damaging for his nation and the world that many wonder: When will Putin’s era end and what is the future of Russia after Putin?


Richard F. Staar, Russian And Eastern European Scholar, Dies At 95

Friday, September 14, 2018

Richard F. Staar, a Hoover Institution senior fellow emeritus and pioneering scholar of Russia and Eastern Europe, passed away in March at the age of ninety-five.

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featuring Michael McFaulvia Maine Public
Friday, September 14, 2018

Speaking In Maine takes us next to Northport and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations. The topic is Russia, and the speaker is Ambassador Michael McFaul, who served in that capacity to Russia in from 2009 to 2012.

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Poroshenko, Groysman To Speak At YES Meeting In Kyiv

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Ukrinform News
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will deliver a speech at the opening of the plenary sessions of the annual meeting of Yalta European Strategy (YES), which will be held at the Mystetsky Arsenal in Kyiv on September 13-15, according to the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.


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