News Archive

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
"It wasn’t until Jimmy Carter became president in 1976 that human rights suddenly became almost a household term. Within the space of a couple of years I could go from having to explain to friends what my human rights work was all about, to being able to say to a taxi driver who asked what I did that 'I work in human rights,' and he would say, 'Oh good.'" Read the interview with Human Rights Watch co-Founder Jeri Laber.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Daniel Petrick (MARS '20) writes for Balkaninsight.com about how, despite ethnic tensions between Kosovo and Serbia, Kosovars and Serbians seem to relate to each other on an individual level.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
"One of the reasons why I’m doing this interview is that people today are so present 'in the moment,' especially the graduate students and the faculty, so obsessed with their own peculiar interest, that they forget what or who went before.” Read Edward Kasinec's interview.
Friday, August 2, 2019
Christopher Harwood (Lecturer in Czech and Co-Director of the East Central European Center) was interviewed on the radio show Vizitka (Calling Card) about his teaching and research interests.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Harriman Institute's director, Alexander Cooley quoted in article on Radio Free Europe, "Where Wall Street Meets Tashkent: Amid Reforms At Home, Uzbek Officials Make Their Pitch To Investors In New York."
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
"We learned the history of Russia as the history of the Russian nation-state. That was always a problem. And there were always alternative voices, especially coming from people who are not Russian, Ukrainians and Jewish historians and Turkish historians, who emphasized the imperial nature." Read von Hagen's interview.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Timothy Frye (Marshall D. Shulman Professor, Political Science) writes about "Mueller's Testimony and the New Normal" for Columbia News (July 25).
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
"The whole received opinion was that the only influence Marxism could have on science would be a corrupting one. It would damage it. Well, I was not a Marxist, never had been a Marxist, but nonetheless, I saw something different." Loren Graham on studying the history of Soviet science. Read Graham's interview.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
"There were some of us that were really trying to understand the Soviet Union for what it was doing and what it was trying to do and other people that saw them as the enemy forces, à la Joseph McCarthy." Russian Institute alumna Susan Heuman on studying the Soviet Union at Columbia during the 1960s. Read Heuman's interview.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Kimberly Marten (Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science) published the definitive history of the Wagner Group in Post-Soviet Affairs (March 2019). The article has now been made open access by the publisher.