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’s days are, for the lack of a better word, normal. She wakes up in the early morning, sends her children to school, and reads the news before starting to work. Her… Continue reading Evgeniya Chirikova, Russia’s Constant Gardener

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 become the epicenter of the biggest political scandal of the century when the unearthing of a minor investigation had led to discovering an… Continue reading A Movie about Berlusconi, Through the Eyes of a Young Italian

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 and established dictatorships. Two years have passed since the refugee wave that took European politics by storm. Since then, much of the continent’s leadership has settled on a… Continue reading Voice, and Loyalty: Leveraging Migrant Communities