The wooden Church of the Epiphany is shifting on a Russian landscape punctuated by grey pitted roads and verdant overgrown shrubbery and trees. Yet the leaning church contains what must feel like a secret: a remarkable vaulted ceiling with religious paintings depicting icons such as the Mother of God and Saint John the Divine. Known as a nebo or sky, the ceiling inside the Church of the Epiphany is just one example of the fragility of Russia’s cultural heritage.Read More
By Dr. Timothy Blauvelt, American Councils Country Director, GeorgiaRead More
It was 3 a.m. We had been traveling over 24 hours. As we presented our passports to immigration control in Tbilisi, Georgia, however, we were greeted with huge smiles, “Welcome to Georgia,” and presented with a bottle of Georgian wine. Exhaustion turned to excitement for the adventures to come.
The volunteers at Jvari Monastery (credit: Sarel Kromer)
For most countries around the world, engaging youth in national politics is often a challenge. Kyrgyzstan, a burgeoning democracy in Central Asia, is no exception. Youth often feel disconnected from policymaking and feel they have no voice in their country’s future. As part of an effort to reduce youth unemployment and encourage youth inclusion, Kyrgyzstan introduced a new law in 2010 requiring a youth quota for political parties.Read More