• Anna Colin Lebedev 23 February 2024
    How can a war between two communities start without those two communities being involved in a conflict that preexists the war? And how is it that these communities eventually make sense of the conflict as something that is deeply socially rooted? Anna Colin Lebedev, Professor of Sociology at the Université Paris Nanterre, gives her assessment of the social roots of the war between Russia and Ukraine.
  • Roberto Toscano 20 November 2014
    This text is drawn from a lecture held at Harvard University (HILR) on October 31, 2014.I spent over half of my forty-year diplomatic career as a so-called sovietologist, including during four years at the Italian embassy in Moscow in the second half of the 1970s. Even after my subject-matter, the Soviet Union, disappeared, I continued being interested in Russia, in spite of being busy, professionally, with other areas of the world, and in spite of my absorbing experiences as ambassador to Iran and to India. What I saw, however, is that, starting from the last decade of the XX century, interest in Russia, attention to Russia, study of Russia, have sharply dropped in the West, and especially in this country. It was as if the Russian file had been moved from the desk to the archives. Today it seems to me that we are realizing that doing that was not a good idea, and that the file is back on our desk. The reason has to do mainly with the actions and the personality of one leader, Vladimir Putin.
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