ACURA ViewPoint: Anatol Lieven On the End in Afghanistan

For a learned perspective on what has been unfolding in Afghanistan we sat down with Dr. Anatol Lieven last week. Anatol is a member of the board of ACURA and senior research fellow on Russia and Europe at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He was formerly a professor at Georgetown in Qatar and in the War Studies department at King’s College London. From 1985 to 1998 Anatol worked as a British journalist in South Asia, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and covered the wars in Afghanistan, Chechnya, and the Southern Caucasus. His latest book, Climate Change and the Nation State, was published by Penguin in 2020. – JWC

Jeremy Morris: Russian vaccine hesitancy and the paradox of state-society relations

Vaccine hesitancy at least partly reflects one of my core themes – the paradox of Russians’ view of the state: on the one hand, many want a socially interventionist state that protects them from harm (and protects them from the more coercive parts of the state itself!). On the other, they know its limitations, and moreover, they know too well the potential dangers of interacting with what is a fickle and rather callous bureaucratic machine (perhaps no more so than many Western states, if we’re honest).

ACURA ViewPoint: David C. Speedie: Ukrainian Media, Unplugged

On the eve of his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden on September 1, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pulled the plug on three of his country’s television news stations—NewsOne, 112 and ZIK—accusing them of peddling “Kremlin-funded propaganda”.  A veteran of the broadcast media himself [he was previously a comedian], Zelensky’s action may perhaps be seen at first glance as largely symbolic.  It is, in fact, both inflammatory and short-sighted.

From the Archive: Stephen F. Cohen and Richard Holbrooke on The Balkans and Russia (1993)

Appearing on Charlie Rose in January 1993, then-former assistant secretary of state Richard Holbrooke and Princeton University Russian studies professor Stephen F. Cohen discussed the unrest in Yeltsin’s Russia, the war in Bosnia, and the foreign policy problems President Clinton was about to inherit.

Nicolai N. Petro: Contribution to Russian Orthodoxy and Nationhood in the Age of COVID-19, A Forum At Georgetown

ACURA Board member and University of Rhode Island professor Nicolai Petro observes that “The COVID-19 pandemic has not affected relations between the Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church in any particularly dramatic way, since the theological and historical context for such events is not new for either party…”

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