News Archive

Monday, March 27, 2017

Maria Snegovaya Publishes Article on "Why Putin Is Almost Fascist" in World Policy Journal

Maria Snegovaya, a doctoral candidate in Columbia's department of political science, discusses Russia's relationship to fascism in the latest issue of World Policy Journal.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Brittany Pheiffer Noble in The Atlantic

Brittany Pheiffer Noble, graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages, explores Steve Bannon's coalition of Christian traditionalists in The Atlantic, and the divides between U.S. Evangelicals and Russian Orthodox Christians.

"But even as Bannon and various religious leaders seek to pit the values of Christianity against those of Islam, there is also an internal competition to decide who gets to define Christian traditionalism. Two of the main players in this competition, American Christian traditionalists—including conservative Catholics like Bannon as well as evangelicals like Franklin Graham—and Russian Orthodox, are united in their desire to save Christendom from the perceived threat of radical Islam. But buried underneath that superficial agreement is a complex disagreement as to what Christendom even means." Read more.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tarik Cyril Amar in Time Magazine and on 99% Invisible's Podcast

Tarik Cyril Amar, Associate Professor of History, weighs in on Time Magazine's question: what's a real episode from history that you think would make an Oscar-worthy feature film? 

You can also listen to Amar on 99% Invisible's most recent podcast episode, "The Falling of the Lenins," about the history of modern Ukraine. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Launches the Bishkek Project has launched a new initiative, on the geopolitics of Eurasia's borderlands, featuring publications that emerged from an international conference, “The Great Powers and Central Asia after Western Drawdown from Afghanistan,” co-hosted by the Harriman Institute and the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in June 2016. Learn more about the Bishkek Project here, and watch a video about the back story of the project with Harriman Director Alexander Cooley and Professor Jack Snyder.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kimberly Marten on NPR's 1A, in ISSF Policy Roundtable, and in Fortune

Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, and Director of the Harriman Institute's Program on U.S.-Russia Relations, discusses Russia's role in the U.S. election on NPR's 1A and in a policy roundtable on the International Security Studies Forum (ISSF) website. She also penned an op-ed for Fortune Magazine about protecting average Americans from Russian hacks.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bradley Gorski Awarded 2017-18 Fulbright Fellowship for Research in Russia

Bradley Gorski, Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and a recent subject of a Harriman Student Spotlight, has been awarded a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship for research in the Russian Federation in 2017-2018, to be split between the cities of Perm and Moscow. Gorski is currently wrapping up his dissertation on the concept of success in the post-Soviet literary scene. 
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beyond Exile: Reclaiming Anna Frajlich (World Literature Today)

Anna Frajlich (Senior Lecturer Emerita, Slavic Languages) is the subject of World Literature Today's "Cultural Cross Sections" (March 15, 2017), titled "Beyond Exile: Reclaiming Anna Frajlich." The profile, written by Alice-Catherine Carls (Tom Elam Distinguished Professor of History, University of Tennessee at Martin), focuses on how "the year 2016 was one of homecoming for famed Polish American poet Anna Frajlich":

"Recently retired from her position as senior lecturer of Polish language and literature at Columbia University, she continues to be active on the lecture circuit, with invitations to Kyrgyzstan, Spain, England, and Lithuania, in addition to several poetic readings in New York City. In 2016 she participated in no less than ten events organized in Poland in her honor during the fall. She had readings in Warsaw at the Polish Writers Association, Warsaw University, and Łazienki Palace as well as readings in Lublin and Szczecin. The pièce de résistance was the first international conference held on October 24–25 at the University of Rzeszów. It was organized jointly by the Institute of Polish Philology of the University of Rzeszów, which specializes in postwar émigré literature, and the Institute of Polish Philology of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland’s most prestigious center of literary studies. Borrowing from one of Anna Frajlich’s poems, the conference was entitled “ ‘Here I am / I inhabit my own life’: The Poetic, Prosaic, and Epistolary Creation of Anna Frajlich.” An art exhibit was also prepared by the faculty of the art department of the University of Rzeszów on the theme of Frajlich’s poems."
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

American's Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has just released the report "America's Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century." In the report Columbia University's Russian heritage language courses, designed and taught by Dr. Alla Smyslova (Director of the Russian Language Program), receive special mention:

Similarly, more two- and four-year colleges and universities should make available curricula designed specifically for Native American languages and heritage speakers, and should find ways to offer credit for proficiency in a heritage language. As in k–12 education, some colleges and universities are already experimenting with such curricula. The Spanish Heritage Language Program at the University of Houston offers special courses for heritage Spanish speakers; students who have successfully completed the intermediate level in this program fulfill the university’s foreign language requirement and are encouraged to enroll in more advanced classes. The Universities of Arizona, Washington, and Oregon all support similar programs, providing new contexts for students’ personal and cultural experiences; locating the Spanish spoken at home within a broader Spanish-speaking world; and featuring service-learning opportunities in local Spanish-speaking communities. And Columbia University introduced a dedicated track for heritage Russian speakers that brings limited-proficiency students to an advanced level in their heritage language in two semesters, while satisfying the university’s undergraduate second language requirement. Each of these programs offers a model that can be adopted elsewhere and be applied to other heritage languages. (pages 23-24)




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Marten Discusses New CFR Report on Bloomberg Radio's "Surveillance"

Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, discussed on Bloomberg Radio's "Surveillance" (March 8, 2017) the new report she authored for Council on Foreign Relations. In the report "Reducing Tensions between Russia and NATO," Marten argues that the United States should support NATO and offer reassurances to Russia. 

We have two clips from the interview: here and here



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Elise Giuliano: How Changing Ukrainian Society Impacts the Chances for Peace

Elise Giuliano, Lecturer in Discipline, Political Science, participated in a PONARS Eurasia commentary series with Samuel Charap, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and Mikhail Alexseev, Sandiego State University. Read the discussion here.


Last month a major battle broke out between Russian-backed insurgents and Ukrainian forces in the town of Avdiivka in Ukraine. Alongside the return of such violence in the Donbas, Ukrainian society has changed greatly since 2014 in ways that impact the chances for conflict resolution. In this two-part commentary series, PONARS Eurasia members argue for the importance of properly understanding regional divergences in identity, public political attitudes and preferences, the sources of the escalation of violence in the Donbas, how the Yanukovych system persists under Poroshenko, and the impact of the Trump administration.