Pavel K. Baev 10-22-2014
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The most recent Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit attracted a sizeable crowd of world leaders to Milan last week (October 16–17), but the formal agenda was overtaken by the efforts to manage the violent conflict between Russia and Ukraine and facilitate dialogue between presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko. The European Union sought to deploy every instrument of “soft power” in its arsenal in order to turn the fragile...
Volodymyr Dubovyk 10-22-2014
The events of the last several months have proven that all existing mechanisms and arrangements to provide for Ukraine’s security have been ineffective. The country has found itself in limbo, desperately trying (and often failing) to provide for its own security while defending against Russian aggression. There is no doubt that corruption, incompetence, and negligence have prevailed in Ukraine across many domains, including national security and defense....
PONARS Eurasia 10-22-2014
(USAID | by Sean R. Roberts and Oleksandr Fisun) This report is the result of an extensive assessment of the process of proposed decentralization reforms in Ukraine as it relates to the future programming of USAID/Ukraine. Fieldwork for the assessment took place during most of the month of July 2014 and included over 50 semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in seven cities in addition to seven citizen focus groups conducted in four different...
PONARS Eurasia 10-21-2014
One of the most worrying recent trends in Russia has been the government’s clampdown on Internet access and activities. When the World Wide Web emerged in the mid-1990s, the Russian government initially did not try to prevent Russian citizens from having unhindered access to the Internet. After Vladimir Putin became president of Russia nearly fifteen years ago and began methodically re-imposing state control over all national television, the Internet...
Ivan Kurilla 10-20-2014
(The Moscow Times) This month marks 52 years since the Cuban missile crisis, which took place from Oct. 14 to 28 in 1962. The crisis was a confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States over Soviet ballistic missiles deployed in Cuba. It was the closest the Cold War ever came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war. Today, as the world is going through one of the sharpest crises of international relations in recent years, the Cuban...
PONARS Eurasia 10-17-2014
(The Guardian) The sudden slump in oil prices, which have fallen 15% in the past three months, has sent tremors through the capitals of the world’s great oil powers, many of whom could face testing budget crunches if the tendency persists. Higher output coupled with weaker demand from China and Europe has driven the price of crude down to $85 – its lowest for four years. The US also now produces 65% more oil than it did five years ago following the boom...
PONARS Eurasia 10-17-2014
(SETimes) Deeper NATO-Ukraine ties are especially important for the country against a background of ongoing conflict with Russia, military experts said. The Ukrainian government has adopted several resolutions allowing access to top secret documents for NATO experts who arrived in Ukraine to help the new authorities reform the armed forces, Ostap Semerak, the minister overseeing government operations, told journalists in Kyiv. [...] "The fact that Ukraine...
Kornely Kakachia 10-16-2014
Russia’s annexation of Crimea is reshaping the geopolitical map of Europe and sending ripples of apprehension across the South Caucasus and wider Black Sea region. Amid Moscow’s direct involvement in eastern Ukraine, many Georgians are closely monitoring all regional foreign policy developments. With a tradition of friendly and strategic relations between Tbilisi and Kyiv, Georgians see the struggle for Ukrainian sovereignty as an analogue of their own...

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