Relationship Drama: Russia's Church-State Affairs

The Russian Orthodox Church is a privileged institution very much at the forefront of Russian life, with a well-developed infrastructure and considerable wealth, so why do it’s leaders believe that Orthodoxy is under attack? Irina Papkova looks back over events in 2012 to explain why. Continue Reading →

Relationship Drama: Russia’s Church-State Affairs

The Russian Orthodox Church is a privileged institution very much at the forefront of Russian life, with a well-developed infrastructure and considerable wealth, so why do it’s leaders believe that Orthodoxy is under attack? Irina Papkova looks back over events in 2012 to explain why. Continue Reading →

Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism

“The relationship between Lebanon and Syria is intricate and complicated, and the chaos in Syria presents serious challenges for its tiny neighbor to the west,” writes Irina Papkova in the first of two posts from Beirut in the aftermath of the October 19 bomb blast. Continue Reading →