Soviet troops advancing at Stalingrad.
Two big battles which turned the tide of World War II can tell us a great deal about some important present-day challenges.
A Russian plane delivers 10,000 AK-47 rifles to the Afghan National Security Forces.
Russia is pursuing influence in Central Asia and competing with the US. Afghanistan offers it a chance to do both.
Two revolutions, 400 years apart, set in chain processes that claimed millions of lives.
South Africa's perilous decline under Jacob Zuma's presidency is set out in two non-fiction books that provide unsettling, but essential reading.
A worker cleans a statue of Vladimir Lenin in St. Petersburg. But how much Russian history gets whitewashed today?
Dmitri Lovetsky/AP Photo
Because the Kremlin hopes to project strength and unity, history isn't used as much to inform as it is to inspire, with events cherry-picked to fit within a fuzzy framework of 'Russian greatness.'
Charges against Paul Manafort predate his time as campaign manager to Donald Trump.
Former Trump associates face charges including conspiracy to launder money, failure to register as a foreign agent and lying to the FBI. A law professor explains what it means and what happens next.
Alexander Kerensky, prime minister of Russia’s Provisional Government in 1917.
Stephen Kerensky on why he thinks his grandfather's legacy has been so maligned.
Boris Kustodiev, via Wikimedia Commons
It’s been 100 years since revolution swept through Russia and we have dedicated The Anthill 18 to this seminal moment in world history.
Getting Lenin ready for his revolution’s birthday.
Four empires fell, a world was shaken, a new order arose – and the long 20th century really began.
Kyrgyz women have gradually replaced men in various tasks, at home but also as migrant labourers.
Traditional notions of femininity and masculinity are in conflict, resulting in a surge of violence against Kyrgyz women.
Russian defense minister during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow.
In the 19th century, Russian intellectuals launched a search for historical evidence of their moral and military superiority. What they found drives what today some call "Russian aggression."
Boris Kustodiev, The Bolshevik, 1920.
Sergei Rachmaninoff fled the Russian revolution 100 years ago. Spending the remainder of his life in the US, he composed what is perhaps his greatest work in 1940, the Symphonic Dances.
It seems that Russian state media is starting to chip away at Trump’s burnished image.
The country's state-run media outlets have been quick to denounce any election meddling talk as anti-Russian hysteria. So what's behind the shift in tone?
U.S. President Donald Trump has taught the world many lessons since his time in office – mostly on how not to govern.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has shown us a great deal in his short time on the political stage. For that, we should be grateful. Here are the lessons taught by Prof. Trump.
It might not happen today or tomorrow, but the risk of a major European conflict is very much there.
What do you mean you can’t stick your hands up? DVA security operative at Poland’s private European Security Academy.
JANEK SKARZYNSKI / AFP
Politicians are promising to advance their countries' international positions through nationalist militarisation and celebration of virile men.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un called Trump a ‘dotard.’
KCNA via Reuters
The latest salvo of insults and threats between President Trump and North Korea's Kim brought the region a little bit closer to war. China, North Korea's closest trading partner, may be the only way out.
A round of ominous war games might not be cover for military action, but it could raise tensions to an explosive level.
Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa’s President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi.
The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years there's no sign that the old order has been challenged.
September 2017 in Nangarhar.
Suffering the daily toil of violence, with little chance of escape.