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October 2018
Is Putinism the Russian Norm or an Aberration?
by Michael McFaul
“Policies chosen by Putin, not innate forces of history, culture, or tradition, pushed Russia in a more autocratic direction...”

October 2018
Stalled Social Mobility in Post-Soviet Russia
by Theodore P. Gerber
“The fall of the Soviet Union sparked hopes that a Russian middle class would emerge and thrive, but so far it has not.” Second in a series on social mobility around the world.

October 2018
Ukraine’s Emerging Security State
by Serhiy Kudelia
“The increasing vibrancy of civil society had become a serious political threat to the authorities.”

October 2018
Armenia’s Unfinished Revolution
by Armine Ishkanian
“The revolution … ended the hopelessness, apathy, and indifference that had come to characterize the post-Soviet period.”

October 2018
Uzbekistan Emerges from Karimov’s Shadow
by Russell Zanca
“[L]abor migration brought the country to a point of no return: millions of the poorest Uzbeks could no longer be cut off from the rest of the world...”

October 2018
Perspective: China’s Old and New Central Asian Ties
by Diana Ibañez-Tirado and Magnus Marsden
Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative is modernizing ancient patterns of commerce across the region, but small-scale traders may be left behind.

October 2018
Books: The Kremlin and the Thieves’ World
by Nancy Ries
A definitive history of organized crime in Russia shows how political leaders have long used gangsters to serve the state’s purposes.

October 2018
The Month in Review: August 2018
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in August, country by country, day by day.

October 2018
Map of Russia and Eurasia
by the editors of Current History
Map

October 2017
The Empire that Dared Not Speak Its Name: Making Nations in the Soviet State
by Ronald Grigor Suny
“The Soviet Union was an empire within which nations old and new developed, changed, and eventually became self-sufficient enough to opt out.”

October 2017
The Revolutionary Roots of Russian Foreign Policy
by Jeremy Friedman
“Russia continues to be caught between a need to integrate itself into the West and a desire to maintain its independence from the West.”

October 2017
Everyday Life in Ukraine’s War Zone
by Greta Uehling
“Violence is woven into the stream of consciousness as terrible and normal at the same time.”

October 2017
The Russian Orthodox Church’s Conservative Crusade
by Kristina Stoeckl
“The Russian Orthodox Church has emerged as a powerful force for cultural, social, and political conservatism.”

October 2017
Climate Change Adaptation and Traditional Cultures in Northern Russia
by Susan Crate
“Northern Russia’s physical vulnerability to climate change is at best severe, considering the underlying permafrost and the threat that warming presents to that foundation.” Second in a series on climate adaptation around the world.

October 2017
Perspective: A Perfect Storm: American Media, Russian Propaganda
by Sarah Oates
The Russian state-sponsored campaign to spread disinformation abroad has found fertile ground in the United States, thanks to upheaval in the news media and politicians’ denigration of the press.

October 2017
Books: Broken Ties in the Ferghana Valley
by Marianne Kamp
An anthropologist with long ties to a border town in Central Asia watched as nationalist sentiment turned what had been an informal boundary into a hard divide between erstwhile neighbors.

October 2017
The Month in Review: August 2017
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in August, country by country, day by day.

October 2017
Map of Russia and Eurasia
by the editors of Current History
Map

October 2016
What Drives Moscow’s Military Adventurism?
by Pavel K. Baev
“Moscow may not be very good at learning lessons from setbacks, and certainly tends to exaggerate its successes, but it has few doubts about the feasibility of ‘military solutions’ and
 even fewer reservations about reaching for them.”

October 2016
The Battle for Historical Memory in Postrevolutionary Ukraine
by Oxana Shevel
“The fundamental dilemma in Ukraine’s decommunization process is how to undo the legal, institutional, and historical legacy of the Soviet era without repeating the Soviet approach of mandating one ‘correct’ interpretation of the past…”

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