Heather Allansdottir / 15 Aug 2022

Universitet Lessons

Russia After the Arab Spring

In 2015, I moved to Moscow to spend a year teaching human rights. I lasted five months. As my former students from that time are arrested for protesting the Ukrainian war, here are some reflections on what I learned about the evil of Putin and the kindness of Russians.(...)

Heather Allansdottir / 25 Jul 2022

Odesa Mama

Utopia by the Sea

The Russians have struck Odesa again, this time mere hours after reaching a deal with the Ukrainians. Though spared the worst of the war, an attack on Odesa is an attack on the best of Ukrainian and Russophone culture alike.(...)

John Foster / 15 Apr 2022

Putting NATO in Its Place

Russia and the Ukraine War

Baron Ismay, who served as Secretary-General of NATO from 1952 to 1957, famously described its purpose as keeping “the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down”.(...)