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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.

The Geopolitics of India and Russia’s Disparate Interests
December 28, 2016

The Geopolitics of India and Russia’s Disparate Interests

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
How much do Indian and Russian interests converge in the 21st century?
Khrushchev’s Fate and China’s Future 
November 24, 2016

Khrushchev’s Fate and China’s Future 

By Joseph Torigian
What Xi Jinping can learn from Khrushchev's struggles with reform in the Soviet Union.

The Mysterious Sale of Mongolia's Erdenet Mine
July 09, 2016

The Mysterious Sale of Mongolia's Erdenet Mine

By Lkhagva Erdene and Sergey Radchenko
The sale of Russia's stake in one of the world's largest copper mines raised unanswered questions.

Pointing to Perestroika: Explaining Social Unrest in Tajikistan
June 29, 2016

Pointing to Perestroika: Explaining Social Unrest in Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
The glasnost–democratization–nationalism argument for unrest in newly-independent Tajikistan leaves out economic factors.

Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 3
June 21, 2016

Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 3

By Victoria Kim
In the final chapters, the mystery of Fedor Lee is solved and some of the Uzbek Koreans return to North Korea.
Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 2
June 14, 2016

Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 2

By Victoria Kim
The story continues as the Koreans transition through life in forced labor camps to building new lives in Uzbekistan.

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