Post Tagged with: "Russia"

on October 30, 2014 at 5:27 PM / in World

The Near Abroad in the Near Future

By: William Robinson Ukraine is not the only target of Russian expansion – it was not even the first. In fact, several countries along Russia’s border possess a sizable population of ethnic Russians. These ethnic Russians form homogenous pockets in their respective countries, and their regions have become targets for Russia’s nationalistic policy. Crimea is the most obvious example of […]

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on September 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM / in World

The Comeback of Cold War Espionage

By: William Robinson The radios were silenced, victims of a radio-jammer. Estonian police officer Eston Kohver patrolled his border security point, one of many such points along the 201-mile border with Russia, as a smoke bomb landed nearby. Behind the ensuing fog, Kohver was taken. Since his abduction on Sept. 4, Russia refuses to let Estonian officials see Kohver – […]

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on September 14, 2014 at 8:01 PM / in World

Soviet Kitsch: should what happened in the 20th century stay in the 20th century?

By: Megan White & Victoria Barker The 2014 Sochi Olympics began with a bang, or, rather, an avant-garde industrial boom. A three-hour-long spectacle, the Opening Ceremony ferried viewers through a millennium of Russian history, highlighting the country’s cultural and scientific achievements along the way. While the performance covered national treasures such as Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” and Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” […]

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on September 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM / in World

Which Way Back to Russia? And Other Helpful Advice from Twitter

By: Bert Thompson   The international drama that has engulfed Ukraine and Russia continues into yet another month, full of tension and the possibility for interstate conflict. Tensions have risen along interstate conflict, at least in some surprising ways. Voices on each side of the struggle – principally, the United States and Russia – decry the actions of the others. […]

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on April 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM / in World

Strange Bedfellows: Is the United Kingdom Too Close to Russia to Impose Sanctions?

By: Eli Scott “We need to be willing to harm ourselves to harm Russia. We’re long past the point where Western financial centers should be enabling Russian kleptocrats. But that’s undoubtedly what’s happening.” The above statement came from Andrew Foxall, a director of Russian studies at the Henry Jackson Society in reference to the United Kingdom’s unwillingness to impose harsh […]

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on March 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM / in World

Russia’s Annexation Plan

By: Michael Ingram Russian expansionism is back without a bang. Since Feb. 27, the south Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea has been under de facto Russian control. In a remarkably subtle move (as far as invasions go), troops first appeared throughout the Crimean capital of Simferopol in unmarked green battle fatigues. They bore no official insignia, but the Russian presence […]

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on March 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM / in World

The Future of Ukraine: An International Battle to Fight?

By: Victoria Barker All eyes have been on Europe these past few months. Given the kick-off of the Olympic games in Sochi and the revolution in Ukraine, much foreign policy has been focused on Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s sphere of influence. Since November, Ukrainians have gathered in the streets of Kiev to protest then-President Viktor Yanukovych’s regime and take […]

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on February 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM / in World

The Paralympics in a Country Without Wheelchair Access

By: Kathleen Wilson In November, Russia launched its squats for rides campaign at the Vystavochnaya subway station in western Moscow. In lieu of paying 30 rubles (92 cents) for a train ticket, willing participants could obtain a ticket by doing 30 squats in under two minutes. Special machines throughout the Vystavochnaya station monitored the form and number of squats completed […]

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on February 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM / in World

More Than #SochiProblems: What the Olympics Can Teach Us

By: Chris Lewitzke Maybe it was when Al Michaels asked millions of Americans “Do you believe in miracles?” as the final seconds ticked off the clock during the United States’ 4-3 victory over the Soviets in hockey in 1980. Maybe it was when Usian Bolt challenged the limits of the human body and ran faster than any man other man […]

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on February 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM / in Arts & Culture, World

What Can Pussy Riot Learn from American Prisons?

By: Allison Skinner Two leading members of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, left their bright-colored balaclavas in Russia, bringing their anti-Putin sentiments to America for the first time in early February. The punk band’s arrival in New York City solidified their global celebrity status by being introduced by Madonna as “freedom fighters” at the Amnesty International benefit concert, […]

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