Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is a Professor of History at IWP and holds the The Kociuszko Chair in Polish Studies. Full bio

Ukraine’s Policy on Minorities Still in the Making

Ukraine is a post-Soviet society in search of a strong national identity. Therefore, its national minorities policy is a project in the making. While avowedly upholding in theory the equality of all citizens before law, Kyiv tends to differentiate between various minorities. It approaches them in congruence with its perceived interests and the needs of…

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Revenge of the Neo-Jacobins

Some mock America’s statue-smashers as ignoramuses who do not know what they are doing or why. But there are very good reasons why we see monuments cast down all over the West, including the United States. Let’s not wave this off as mindless stupidity. The radical rule is that the more you destroy, the more you…

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Poland: President Duda Survives Round One

This just in: On June 28, 2020, 19.4 million (64.5%) out of 30 million Polish citizens cast their votes in what turns out to be round one of the nation’s presidential election. The incumbent moderate President Andrzej Duda won 43.5% or 8.45 million votes. The liberal runner up Andrzej Trzaskowskim took 30.5% or 5.9 million.…

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Prague: Ivan Down, Mary Up

With statues being toppled left and right in the U.S. and Western Europe, the Czechs have also joined the battle of monuments. Theirs, however, is not an Antifa- or BLM-driven effort. To the contrary. The Czech brand of iconoclasm is anti-Communist and pro-Christian. In Prague, they restored one of Saint Mary, and took down one…

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The Revolution Accelerates Again

The revolution accelerates occasionally, inflicting on us war, disease, famine, and destruction, only to seemingly recoil and retract its merciless claws from Christian civilization. Then it simmers and bides its time. Sometimes it even goes into hibernation, reinventing itself into a variety of putative new forms. This is the case here and now, but it’s…

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A Finnish Maxim M-32 machine gun nest during the Winter War, Photo courtesy of the Military Museum of Finland

Whose death camps, Mr. Putin?

This article was also published by Newsmax.  Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has finally picked on someone his own size: Finland. His officials have virtually accused the Finns of genocide of Soviet civilians in “concentration camps,” allegedly complete with gas chambers, during the Second World War. It is charged that some 8,000 died, including children. This…

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U.S. Should Stay Put in Germany

President Donald Trump had a bad day because Berlin annoyed him again. Therefore he blurted out that he’d withdraw almost 10,000 U.S. troops out of nearly 35,000 stationed in Germany. I hope he does not follow through. Read more at Newsmax.com

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Destination Siberia

by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz (reviewer) The Mass Deportation of Poles to Siberia, 1863-1880 by Andrew A. Gentes (author) A leading expert on imperial Russia’s penal issues, including St. Petersburg’s use and abuse of Siberia as its favorite dumping ground for undesirables, Andrew A. Gentes, has given us a rare treat: a well-researched and trenchantly argued…

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Poland Angered as Protesters Smear Hero’s Statue

Unlike in Western Europe, where, following the slaying of George Floyd, so-called “sympathy demonstrations” ensued against “American racism,” the Three Seas region has been relatively calm. In fact, if anything, the original sympathy toward the protesters in Minneapolis has turned sour as the images of mayhem, violence, arson and looting across America zoomed over the…

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We Shouldn’t Emulate Sweden’s COVID-19 Strategy

As America frets about for the most optimal model to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, some pundits cast their longing eyes at Sweden. They see the Swedish response as eminently desirable for grounded in liberty and individualism. To emulate the Swedish way, however, would be anything but. At the theoretical level, Stockholm’s apparently hands off approach…

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