PONARS Eurasia 08-29-2014
(Bloomberg) As Russian-backed separatists advance in southeastern Ukraine, the U.S. and European Union are still searching for a sanction that can force Vladimir Putin to stop and think again. More than 1,000 of the Russian president’s troops are operating inside Ukraine, manning sophisticated weaponry and advising local separatists, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...
PONARS Eurasia 08-28-2014
(Panorama.am/Interview) - Recently there has been a marked escalation of hostilities in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone while Azerbaijan’s president has openly threatened Armenia with war. What do you think this is preconditioned by?  Dr. Cory Welt: It is always difficult to say exactly why a new outbreak of hostilities occurs along the line of contact. With each summer...
Samuel Greene 08-28-2014
Just before Poroshenko and Putin met in Minsk today, the so-called Boisto Group (named for the Finnish island where the group’s six American and seven Russian foreign policy experts met) released a 24-point conflict-resolution plan that is, I suppose, not entirely without merit. It seeks to establish an immediate and secure cease-fire, and to ensure that economic, ethno-cu...
Arkady Moshes 08-28-2014
A meeting of senior American and Russian experts on an island of Boisto, which the Finnish Foreign Ministry helped to organize some time ago, has raised a controversy both in Finland and abroad. Some people see the meeting as an honest attempt to move towards a durable ceasefire in the east of Ukraine. Others perceive it as a Yalta-type dealing behind Ukraine's back. Both...
Dmitry Gorenburg 08-27-2014
It appears that the Russian invasion of Ukraine that I have feared since March has now begun in earnest, with the opening of a new front in the vicinity of Mariupol on the shores of the Azov Sea and a major counterattack in Luhansk Oblast leading to the retreat of Ukrainian forces from positions they have occupied (in some cases) since before the June ceasefire. This separ...
Tomila Lankina 08-25-2014
The December 2011-March 2012 protests in Russia, unprecedented in scale, surprised even the most astute observers of Russian politics. Were these protests a mere blip on the “normally placid surface of Russian political life”?[1] Or are they part of a longer-term trajectory of political maturation for Russian society? Do they reveal a growing capacity of Russia’s citizens...
Arkady Moshes 08-25-2014
(The Moscow Times) The recent flurry of European diplomatic activity on the crisis in Ukraine suggests that a trilateral compromise between the EU, Russia and Ukraine may be in the making. Or, at least, this would be the EU's preferred choice. First, there are strong doubts whether Ukraine will be able to successfully transform, to separate business and politics, to become...
Andrey Makarychev 08-25-2014
The most persistent component of a variety of Russian pro-Kremlin discourses is its mimicry and imitation of the West. This was so in the 1990s and it still remains the case under the drastically changed conditions of the crisis in Ukraine. I had a chance to see how this mimicking works at a recent conference of the International Geographical Union (IGU) held in Krakow. Tw...

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