Author: Laura Howells

A Cliched (but Urgent) Millennial Problem

Partway through my semester abroad, I came to a classic millennial (or Generation Z) conclusion: I was forsaking real, fascinating experiences in order to scroll mindlessly through my Instagram feed or look at memes on Facebook. I realized that when I needed to translate words into Russian for homework, I would forget why I opened… Read more »

Inequality and State Influence in the Russian Third Sector

Since 2012, several laws have been enacted restricting Russian civil society organizations (CSOs), specifically targeting human rights and other political groups, while favoring service-providing organizations. This method of both promotion and suppression results in a skewed civil society rather than a diverse, inclusive one. Background Russian civil society has been through many iterations since the… Read more »

And the Winner Is… Putin (Again)

Incumbent President Vladimir Putin clinched a resounding victory in the 2018 Russian presidential election earlier this year on March 18th, winning 77% of the vote. Unsurprising to experts and observers around the world, Putin’s landslide victory ushers the nation into another 6-year term with an all-to familiar leader at the helm. This electoral feat makes… Read more »

Political Theater and the Promise of Progress

“I heard you had your early-morning sleep disturbed many times because you had to attend the N.S.C. meetings because of us,” Mr. Kim said with a smile, “Getting up early in the morning must have become a habit for you. I will make sure that your morning sleep won’t be disturbed.” “Now I can sleep… Read more »