Harriman Magazine

Friday, November 20, 2020
Our previous issue went to print just as the pandemic hit the United States, and it was difficult to fathom just how lasting and damaging the effects would be. We wish all our readers health, safety, and strength during this difficult and unpredictable period. We are incredibly grateful to the Harriman community and delighted to read your updates in our alumni notes section. Read the issue.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Spring 2020 issue of Harriman Magazine features a cover story by the photographer Hope Herman Wurmfeld, whose exhibit documenting her 1964 road trip behind the Iron Curtain was mounted at the Harriman Institute this winter. It includes a profile of our alumnus Nate Schenkkan, who directs special research at Freedom House; an article by our current student Daniel Petrick, who reports on last year's Kurban Bajram celebration in Prizren, Kosovo; Mykola Riabchuk's essay about the blacklist in Ukraine; an interview about the politics of anti-LGBTQ propaganda in Russia and Ukraine with activists Yelena Goltsman and Bogdan Globa; an essay on 90s nostalgia in Russia by our postdoctoral research scholar Daria Ezerova; and an excerpt from Oksana Lutsyshyna's novel Ivan and Phoebe. Read the issue.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Ongoing political protests in Russia inspired the cover story and accompanying essays on contemporary Russia and the state of journalism. Nadezhda Azhgikhina dissects and contextualizes the Ivan Golunov Affair in an insightful essay about the current state of Russian investigative journalism and its broader history; David Szakonyi examines the fight against corruption through the lens of the Kremlin’s ongoing anticorruption campaign; and Masha Udensiva-Brenner profiles Maria Zholobova, a Russian investigative journalist who was in residence at the Harriman Institute last spring as our 2019 PKF Fellow. This issue also includes a tribute to our late colleague Seweryn Bialer, with an article about his experiences in postwar Poland and two unpublished draft documents from his personal papers; an article about nonconformist artist Eduard Gorokhovsky; and a piece on ethnic return migration. Read the issue.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
The issue opens with an essay by MARS-REERS student Daniel Petrick about the architectural historian behind MOMA's exhibit of Yugoslav modernism and ends with an excerpt from Harriman faculty member Keith Gessen's novel, A Terrible Country. In between Postdoctoral Research Scholar Markian Dobczansky revisits the Cold War from the perspective of competing Shevchenko monuments in D.C. and Moscow; Harriman alumna Ani Kokobobo offers strategies for reclaiming the Russian novel; Masha Udenisva-Brenner contributes a profile on alumna Heather Roberson and her work on Macedonia, illustrated with pages from her graphic novel Macedonia: What Does It Take to Stop a War? The cover story presents a photo history of Vladimir Mayakovsky's visit to New York City in 1925, the subject of the exhibition mounted at the Harriman Institute by the Russian State Vladimir Mayakovsky Museum. Pick up a copy in our office or read the PDF.
Friday, October 19, 2018
The Fall 2018 issue of Harriman Magazine is dedicated to our ongoing oral history project, with an article and book excerpts from three of our narrators (interviewees)—Alexander Motyl, Colette Shulman, and Grace Kennan Warnecke—and a general overview of the project and its goals. Another theme is the work of Novaya Gazeta correspondent Elena Kostyuchenko, our 2018 Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellow. Kostyuchenko has earned a reputation as one of Russia's boldest reporters, covering topics ranging from government corruption to real estate crime; drug addiction; the invasion of Crimea; and the government-sponsored abductions of gay people in Chechnya. In this issue, you can read Kostyuchenko's story about the squatters in Moscow's Hovrino Abandoned Hospital [HBZ], translated by Columbia Slavic alumna, Bela Shayevich, with photos by Moscow-based photographer Anna Artemeva, and a profile about Kostyuchenko's life and work. In addition, don't miss Elidor Mëhilli's photo essay, which emerged from his award-winning book, From Stalin to Mao: Albania and the Socialist World. You can pick up an issue in our office or read the PDF here.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The Summer 2018 issue of Harriman Magazine features cover art by the prominent noncomformist artist Oleg Vassiliev, as well as a profile of Vassiliev by the art historian and curator Natalia Kolodzei, Executive Director of the Kolodzei Foundation. The issue also includes two contributions from our alumni: a profile of Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer William Taubman, who recently published Gorbachev: His Life and Times, the first full-length English-language biography of Mikhail Gorbachev; and an essay by Peter Zalmayev about the current political situation in Ukraine. I addition, we have a piece from our postdoctoral research scholar Edward Lemon, who discusses his research on the pathways to violent extremism in Tajikistan; a profile of historian Catherine Evtuhov; and the second part of our two-part interview with journalist and Carnegie Europe Senior Fellow Thomas de Waal. You can pick up a copy of the new issue in our office or view the PDF here.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
In the Fall 2017 issue of Harriman Magazine, we travel back to the 1990s, to Russia’s first conflict with Chechnya in an in-depth interview with the journalist and Senior Carnegie Fellow Thomas de Waal about his first book, Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus, the audio interviews for which have recently been deposited, along with transcripts, in the Rare Books and Manuscript Collections of Columbia University Libraries. Also in this issue, we have a piece from our postdoctoral research scholar in Russian politics, Yana Gorokhovskaia, about the upcoming presidential elections in Russia; profiles of the political scientist Kimberly Marten, our alum Matthew Schaaf, who currently directs Freedom House’s Ukraine office, and the Russian graphic journalist Victoria Lomasko; as well as an essay about Alexander Cooley's latest book, Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia. You can pick up a copy of the new issue in our office or view the PDF here.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The Spring 2017 issue of Harriman Magazine includes two special features by scholars who participated in our Harriman at 70 series: Sophie Pinkham, a 2012 MARS-REERS alumna, currently pursuing her Ph.D. dissertation in Columbia’s Department of Slavic Languages, shares astute observations from post-Maidan Ukraine in her piece, “New Year in Kiev,” excerpted from her book, Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016); and former Harriman director Mark von Hagen, now director of the Melikan Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Arizona State University, who traces the arc of his studies from undergraduate days at Georgetown University, graduate studies at Indiana and Stanford universities, and his academic careers at Columbia and ASU. In doing so he at the same time charts the evolution in Soviet and area studies and what it means to be an academic historian. You can pick up a copy of the new issue in our office or download the PDF here.
Monday, June 27, 2016
The Summer 2016 issue of Harriman Magazine includes two special features on human rights and freedom of expression: a profile of our 2016 alumna of the year, Rachel Denber ('86), deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, who has been conducting courageous field research in the post-Soviet region since '91; and a lengthy interview with Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE's (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Representative on Freedom of the Media, who discusses the contemporary challenges to freedom of expression and media freedom across the OSCE states. You can pick up a copy of the new issue in our office or download the PDF here.
Monday, November 23, 2015
The fifth issue of Harriman Magazine features a profile of our 2015 Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellow, photojournalist Maria Turchenkova, who has been covering the Ukraine Crisis since its inception; we are thrilled to include an interview with former Ambassador to Russia Michael Mcfaul, who discusses his career, U.S.-Russia relations, his experiences in Russia, and his predictions for the future; an article about Teatr.doc, one of Moscow's last independent theater companies; a piece by the late Catharine Nepomnyashchy on Nabokov and the Detective novel, and more! You can pick up a copy at our office or download the PDF by following this link.
Harriman Magazine: Winter 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
As the proud namesake of Governer W. Averell Harriman, we are honored to feature a cover story about the wartime letters of Harriman's daughter Kathleen, written by historian Geoffrey Roberts; another treat is an interview with Stephen Sestanovich, whose new book, Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama, was published by Knopf last year; a profile of Gail Buyske, a Harriman Institute alumna ('93) who continues to advise Russian banks in the midst of a deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Russia; an essay from Robyn Miller Jensen, who describes her experience as a stowaway on the Columbia Global scholars Summer Workshop on socialist and post-socialist cities, and more. You can pick up a copy at our office or download the PDF by following this link.
Harriman Magazine: Summer 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
This issue includes a profile of Alexander Vershbow, Russian Institute alumnus, deputy general of NATO, and former U.S. ambassador; an analysis of the Maidan protests and Ukraine's deeper struggle to balance Eastern and Western influences; a discussion of the grassroots public assemblies that emerged during the protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH); a profile of the late Peter H. Juviler, an interview with Gary Shteyngart about his memoir, and more. You can pick up a copy at our office or download the PDF by following this link.