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How to rebuild reality and maybe get away with it
How to rebuild reality and maybe get away with it

Art can be a tool to construct a common political front. The real challenge is what to do with that identity. Lithuanian Pavilion There’s an old joke in Italy, which goes something like th…

David Lynch Across the Sea
David Lynch Across the Sea

The chant by German heavy metal band Rammstein is the kind of car music that will get you weird looks at the traffic light. It’s an ironically triumphal celebration of anti-Americanism that could…

The Façade of Fiscal Federalism in Russia
The Façade of Fiscal Federalism in Russia

Since the early days of privatization, political conflicts between Moscow and Russia’s other regions have helped determine the contours of the country’s political space. Tax revenue centralization…

The Dark Prophecies of ‘The Congress’
The Dark Prophecies of ‘The Congress’

Fevers are dangerously useful tools, in storytelling as in human biology. The same way they overheat the body to exterminate undesired pathogens, a narrative fever can melt away the vices accumulat…

The Reddit War
The Reddit War

On April 14, Reddit user nadiahamilton logged onto the Syrian Civil War subreddit to submit the following post: “4:02 am syrian time, damascus, I’m hearing some seriously loud and strong blasts. I…

‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’: The Impact Citizens can have on Political Life
‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’: The Impact Citizens can have on Political Life

It’s normal not to feel in control. Despite how much we’re told that we’re able to steer our lives, it’s hard to dispute that some of the crucial facts of our existence are mostly determined a…

Hostages of Mythology
Hostages of Mythology

Gregory Carleton’s “Russia: The Story of War” masterfully dissects the fiction of Russia as a country under siege — despite perpetuating its myth. Sitting on the train connecting Moscow…

The United Nations in Mali: A New Approach to Peacekeeping?
The United Nations in Mali: A New Approach to Peacekeeping?

Impartiality has been one of the guiding principles of United Nations peacekeeping since the organization’s inception. This principle has been applied from the first deployment of blue helmets betwe…

Russkiy Business: Russia’s “Franchise” Diplomacy
Russkiy Business: Russia’s “Franchise” Diplomacy

At the end of October, Verona hosted the 11th Eurasian Economic Forum, which was one of 2018’s most anticipated business conferences. The importance of the forum is evident if we consider the parti…

Evgeniya Chirikova, Russia’s Constant Gardener
Evgeniya Chirikova, Russia’s Constant Gardener

“It’s important that the Russians understand that resistance is possible”.  A conversation with Evgeniya Chirikova, one of Russia’s most prominent environmental activists. Evgeniya Chirikova…

A Movie about Berlusconi, Through the Eyes of a Young Italian
A Movie about Berlusconi, Through the Eyes of a Young Italian

Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro is a biopic about a character that never existed. When my parents first met, in 1992, politics was very difficult topic to avoid, especially in Milan. The city had becom…

Voice, and Loyalty: Leveraging Migrant Communities
Voice, and Loyalty: Leveraging Migrant Communities

Diaspora communities represent a unique tool to leverage host countries and compromise domestic security, but also a powerful opportunity for democracies to strengthen liberal groups opposing rising…