Education: Studying the Soviets

George Kennan has always been fascinated by the Soviet Union, which Winston Churchill characterized as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." A former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow and fellow at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, Kennan, 72, is now engaged in his most ambitious effort to solve that riddle. With Princeton Colleagues James Billington and Frederick Starr, he has set up the first major center for Russian studies to open in the U.S. in more than a decade.

Located in the Smithsonian Institution's Victorian-Gothic headquarters building and affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, the new Kennan Institute...

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