The sketchy history of international efforts to control bioweapons suggests that nations will resist cooperative monitoring of gene hacking for medical research.
Just as Fidel Castro’s 2016 death did not transform US-Cuba ties, his brother Raul’s exit from politics is unlikely to do so. But Cuba itself is changing. Eventually, Havana and Washington will, too.
Cosmism, a theory that blends faith in science with religious traditionalism, serves as a source of inspiration for conservative Russian ideologues in search of a national idea.
A peace deal brokered by Russia ended the war on Nov. 9, but the rich architectural heritage of the region is still at risk.
High-power microwave weapons are useful for disabling electronics. They might also be behind the ailments suffered by US diplomats and CIA agents in Cuba and China.
Countries or international organizations regularly enact sanctions against individual states. But how can the effectiveness of these measures be evaluated?
Vladimir Putin is a standard-bearer, rather than a pioneer in the history of Soviet and Russian political assassination.
Once stripped of their symbolic power, problem monuments offer what educators call ‘teachable moments,’ helping people assess society’s current values and compare them with what mattered in the past.
Many people who participate in disinformation campaigns are unwitting accomplices and much of the information they spread is accurate, which makes it all the harder to identify the campaigns.
The Russian cyberthreat, now targeting coronavirus vaccine research, goes back over three decades, extends into the country’s educational systems and criminal worlds, and shows no signs of letting up.
Moscow has invested heavily in remembering the Soviet system of terror, while trying to crush those like historian Yuri Dmitriev who contradict the pro-Stalin narrative.
When Russia transitioned from a command economy to a market-based one, many thought it would lead to huge unemployment. It didn’t – but that’s because much of it was hidden.
The fifth episode of a series from The Anthill Podcast on how recoveries from major crises throughout history focuses on what happened after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The culture of remembrance in Germany is viewed by many as exemplary. But it has some grave shortcomings.
Putin’s rule has defined what political power means in post-Soviet Russia, with important consequences for the rest of the world.
Bernie Sanders is a Democratic Socialist, a potential problem for the presidential candidate. A Cold War campaign to link American-ness and capitalism helped create popular distrust of socialism.
In some ways, many of America’s CEOs are like closet socialists whose corporations offer a working model for what a socialist United States could look like.
Revolutions are built not on deep misery but on rising expectations. History may not provide much hope of immediate change in Hong Kong – but protesters may have a longer view.
Oligarchs have made headlines recently as the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump move forward.
Performances of prison life are commonplace nowadays in gulag museums. Visitors can vividly imagine it all – the tears, pain and despair.