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Rising Soviet Nostalgia in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan’s Young Pioneers
June 01, 2022

Rising Soviet Nostalgia in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan’s Young Pioneers

By Colleen Wood
The seemingly benign commemoration of a Soviet-era youth organization speaks to bigger debates about Kyrgyzstan’s identity.

Why the Soviet Union’s 20th Party Congress Continues to Haunt China
May 14, 2022

Why the Soviet Union’s 20th Party Congress Continues to Haunt China

By Zhenze Huang
A lesson from 1956 continues to affect China’s understanding of political security -- especially as the CCP's own 20th Congress draws near.
Soviet Central Asian Leaders Are Far From Gone
March 22, 2022

Soviet Central Asian Leaders Are Far From Gone

By Francisco Olmos
From Kunayev to Razzakov to Rashidov, Soviet-era Central Asian leaders continue to play an important role in constructing historical narratives 30 years after independence.

What China Learned From the Collapse of the USSR
December 06, 2021

What China Learned From the Collapse of the USSR

By Kunal Sharma
Three key lessons have helped the Chinese Communist Party avoid following its Soviet namesake into the dustbin of history.

US Withdrawal From Afghanistan: Another Long Goodbye?
May 18, 2021

US Withdrawal From Afghanistan: Another Long Goodbye?

By Catherine Putz
It’s worth revisiting the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, in light of the United States’ current withdrawal plan.

The Rich Merchant and the Young Bukharans
January 29, 2020

The Rich Merchant and the Young Bukharans

By Catherine Putz
The Diplomat’s Catherine Putz paid a visit to the old houses of two pivotal Bukharan figures: Fayzulla and Usmon Khodjaev.

5 Reasons Why China Is Not the Soviet Union
April 02, 2019

5 Reasons Why China Is Not the Soviet Union

By Jin Kai
Construing China as a threat to the United States in the model of the old USSR overlooks important differences.
Sarah Cameron: Famine and Unimaginable Sorrow in Soviet Kazakhstan
January 22, 2019

Sarah Cameron: Famine and Unimaginable Sorrow in Soviet Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
A discussion of Soviet policy, a devastating famine, and the making of Kazakhstan.

Chiang Ching-kuo’s Russian Odyssey
October 01, 2018

Chiang Ching-kuo’s Russian Odyssey

By James Baron
The future leader of Taiwan spent formative years as a passionate communist in the Soviet Union.

Dealing With Central Asia's Poisonous Nuclear Legacy
March 29, 2017

Dealing With Central Asia's Poisonous Nuclear Legacy

By Catherine Putz
Soviet-era uranium mining and waste facilities spread across Central Asia remain a serious public and environmental risk.

Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?
February 03, 2017

Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?

By Casey Michel
What factors were tying Gorbachev's hands in the final months of the Soviet Union?
A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities
January 31, 2017

A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities

By Catherine Putz
Modern Central Asian states, like their Soviet predecessor, like to overemphasize ethnic harmony.

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