James V. Wertsch

James V. Wertsch

James V. Wertsch is David R. Francis distinguished professor and director emeritus of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St Louis. He teaches courses in anthropology and international and area studies.

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Opinion | How Russia and Ukraine’s duelling national narratives are stoking the threat of conflict

Russia’s actions towards Ukraine can be understood through the lens of history, with a legacy of foreign invasions informing Putin’s thinking. Ukraine has its own narrative, though, that highlights Russia’s aggression and rejection of Ukrainian sovereignty.

Russia’s actions towards Ukraine can be understood through the lens of history, with a legacy of foreign invasions informing Putin’s thinking. Ukraine has its own narrative, though, that highlights Russia’s aggression and rejection of Ukrainian sovereignty.

29 Dec 2021 - 4:53AM
Opinion | Why Donald Trump’s order to end China Fulbright exchange is dangerous

The Fulbright exchange programme was born out of hopes for peace after second world war and reflected realism about the need to avoid another cataclysm. Stopping the flow of Fulbrighters between China and the US undermines decades of effort to build understanding and cooperation, and avoid uninformed miscalculations.

The Fulbright exchange programme was born out of hopes for peace after second world war and reflected realism about the need to avoid another cataclysm. Stopping the flow of Fulbrighters between China and the US undermines decades of effort to build understanding and cooperation, and avoid uninformed miscalculations.

30 Jul 2020 - 5:36AM
Opinion | US coronavirus lawsuits pick at the scabs of China’s ‘century of humiliation’

The emotional scars of the opium wars and bullying by colonial powers resonate among ordinary Chinese in a way the West does not fully appreciate.

The emotional scars of the opium wars and bullying by colonial powers resonate among ordinary Chinese in a way the West does not fully appreciate.

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