November 28, 2016

The election is over and Republicans now control the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Democratic theory tells us that unified government brings clarity of responsibility. Starting January 20, 2017 the Republicans must answer for the state of the...

October 3, 2016

In early 1990, Vaclav Havel took New York by storm.  Six months earlier he had been in jail and two months earlier he had been elected President of Czechoslovakia. Yet here he was. Havel’s every visit to a pub in Greenwich Village made its way into the press, and digni...

July 15, 2016

Attention scholars of vote fraud.  Here is a link to an article just published in Post-Soviet Affairs by Rodion Skovoroda and Tomila Lankina on vote fraud in Russia. Among other things, it shows that crowdsourced electoral violations reported to GOLOS correlate with vo...

December 17, 2015



Many people view public opinion in Russia as divided into those who get their news from television and largely support the government and those how get their news from the internet and are typically more critical. This view can be traced in part to the important role...

March 15, 2015


With Vladimir Putin’s disappearance from public view running more than 10 days, I will never have a better chance to circulate these truly sophomoric and somewhat off color lyrics from a song that my unfortunately named band wrote in college.




Where’s Andropov


Boys “...

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