Publications by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

An unprecedented victory in Poland

Publication Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On October 9, 2011, the liberal and effusively Europhoric Civic Platform (PO) trounced the populist and mildly conservative Law and Justice (PiS) 39.18% to 29.98%. The rest of the vote went to the post-Communist Polish Peasant Party (PSL), the transformed Marxist-Leninist Union of the Democratic Left (SLD), and the socialist-libertine Palikot Movement (RP), a PO spin-off group, dubbed so after its founder, Janusz Palikot, virtually a single issue contender who would like to turn Poland into San Francisco. Voter turnout was 48.87%.  {read more}

Post-Soviet Domestic and Foreign Challenges

Publication Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"The post-Communists re-branded themselves as social democratic. This was originally intended as a temporary maneuver. In fact, it was a deception meant to keep them in power."  {read more}

To Succeed the "Sovereign" Successor

Publication Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011

It is official. The current Russian President has announced that the former Muscovite head of state will soon be elected President once again. In other words, Vladimir Putin has been tapped by Dmitry Medvedev to succeed the successor. A rotation in office will occur.  {read more}

Professor Kelley at work: A personal recollection

Publication Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011

I knew Professor Brian Kelley for some time. We talked from time to time at IWP; we swapped stories. Always very kind, unassuming, self-effacing, and welcoming, he told me some about his childhood. After Professor Brian Kelley officially retired, he could finally indulge his historical hobby. That is when our interaction took on a more serious dimension.  {read more}

Personal Remembrances of Czeslaw Milosz

Publication Date: Sunday, September 18, 2011

I read with interest the poetic recollection of Miłosz by Professor (Father) Raymond Gawronski (SR, April 2011) and would like to contribute some personal memories that may shed some light on the poet's personal ways.   {read more}

Prof. Chodakiewicz reviews book on Katyn forest massacre

Publication Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011

Prof. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz has recently published a review of Katyn: A Crime Without Punishment in the Polish-based historical journal Glaukopis. Co-edited by historians Cienciała, Lebedeva, and Materski, the work is a collection of translated Soviet documents pertaining to the Katyn Forest Massacre.  {read more}

Dr. Chodakiewicz comments on the anniversary of the failed Yanayev palace revolution of August 1991

Publication Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011

The creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States was a tactical move to preempt a similar initiative on the part of Gorbachev. It was also an attempt to counter the model of the USSR's Stalinist leadership under Gorbachev with a post-Stalinist paradigm of collective leadership.  {read more}

Active Measures Gone Awry: Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, 1989-1992

Publication Date: Fall 2011

Between 1989 and 1992, an apparent emancipation of the captive nations occurred within the Soviet Bloc.  That was an unintended consequence of an effort by thte leadership of the Soviet Union to save socialism and their empire.  By attempting to reform, overtly and covertly, the Soviet leaders unleashed indomitable forces of freedom and lacked the stomach to exterminate them physically.  Hence, their empire imploded and they lost power.  One mechanism of change is transformation.    {read more}

IWP Professor addresses problems of property restitution

Publication Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The problem of property restitution in societies once ruled by regimes hostile to the concept of private property rights is a complex one.  {read more}

Average Joe: The Return of Stalin Apologists

An article from the World Affairs Journal

Publication Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

For more than twenty years now, many thinkers in Russia have been free to reject Communism openly and borrow without fear or hesitancy from the latest Western intellectual fashions. This includes the West's penchant for moral relativism, which has been embraced with particular enthusiasm by Stalin apologists, who have, in the manner of Holocaust deniers, been working feverishly to establish the Man of Steel's innocence, in particular for the mass bloodletting of the Great Terror.  {read more}

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