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devices; an application for Android

devices will be available in the coming

months. To accompany this technologi-

cal leap forward,


is also getting a

new look, which will be unveiled in the

October issue.

If you have any questions, the maga-

zine’s staff encourages you to write to

. Readers

can also sign up to receive email alerts

when a new issue is available through

—Shannon Mizzi, Editorial Intern



A New Outlet for

Russian Academics


ditor Maria (Masha) Lipman dis-

cussed the Russian-language online


Counterpoint ,

launched recently

as an independent forum for Russian

academics, at The George Washington

University on Sept. 16.

Lipman, a commentator on Russian

social and political affairs, created the

journal with financial backing from the

MacArthur Foundation and with the help

of GW’s Institute for European, Russian

and Eurasian Studies.

Russian academics have told her, Lip-

man states, that they face strong political

pressure on their programs, especially

when it comes to history and communi-

cations instruction.

Lipman hopes that diverse voices,

many of which are being silenced by the

Russian government, will create a picture

of Russian life from the inside through


. Each issue is devoted to a

central theme, with authors investigating

and analyzing different aspects of it.

The first issue, “Crimea and Russia: 18 Months Together,” contains articles

addressing such topics as Putin’s high

approval ratings; boundaries, or lack

thereof, in Russian nation-building; the

transition from a focus on ethnic and

racial identity to national identity inside

Russia; and the costs of regional expan-

sion that does not generate development,

as in Crimea, among other topics.

—Shannon Mizzi, Editorial Intern

Beyond the

Refugee Crisis


he failure of the international com-

munity to step up to the refugee cri-

sis originating in the Middle East is clear,

former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told an audience at the United States Institute of Peace on Sept. 18, but

the road we now need to take is less so.

“Americans are the most generous

people in the world, but we do have the

shortest attention spans,” she added,

arguing that the United States needs to

take the lead on solution implementation

to uphold its own ideals.

When top positions are reserved for people who have not come up

through the ranks, it’s difficult to sustain diplomacy as a career,

let alone establish and nurture it as a profession.

—Ambassador (Ret.) Chas W. Freeman Jr., speaking on “Diplomatic Amateurism

and Its Consequences” at the Ralph Bunche Library of the U.S. Department of State, Oct. 9.

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