What We’re Reading: From Loyalty to Disillusionment

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The Lives of Others Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck In “The Lives of Others,” a Stasi agent is assigned to investigate the true loyalties of a playwright in 1980s East Berlin. Gerd Wiesler is a dedicated officer and true believer in the Communist Party who has been trained in the secret service’s sophisticated interrogation […]

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Valentina Jovanovski is an editor at Geopolitical Futures. She works with analysts to hone their writing and handles daily digital publishing and communication of analytical content to subscribers. Ms. Jovanovski was previously an analyst at a research firm focusing on corporate social responsibility before moving to London, England, to earn a diploma in journalism. She worked in Budapest for two years as a freelance journalist, writing for several international publications. She was also an associate editor for an English-language Hungarian news portal. She has an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and geography from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.