PONARS Eurasia 04-23-2014
(Kralev Show; Huffington Post) Andrew Kuchins, CSIS, and Kurt Volker, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, join Nicholas Kralev to discuss the successes and failures of U.S. diplomacy with President Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and the need for Washington to be more strategic in its dealings with Moscow. View the episode on Conversations with Nicholas Kralev or at the Huffington Po...
Cory Welt 04-18-2014
The events of the past week in Ukraine have raised the specter of expanded Russian military intervention, political upheaval, and civil war. Moscow’s reputation in much of the country and in the international community is in tatters and is unlikely to recover soon, so long as the occupation of Crimea continues. The threat of greater U.S. and European sanctions against Russ...
PONARS Eurasia 04-18-2014
(The New York Times - "Away From Show of Diplomacy in Geneva, Putin Puts On a Show of His Own") MOSCOW — Even as the world’s top diplomats were gingerly drafting a tentative accord to “de-escalate tensions” in Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin was on national television here, brashly declaring Russia’s historical claims over Ukrainian territory, reiterating a threat to...
PONARS Eurasia 04-18-2014
(The Daily Beast - "Is Putin’s Next Move to Take Over Odessa?") Crimea is in Moscow’s hands. Deadly fighting has broken out in parts of Eastern Ukraine. And now there are signs that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have picked his next targets: First a small breakaway state in Moldova, west of Ukraine, where thousands of Moscow’s troops are already stationed; then its...
PONARS Eurasia 04-18-2014
(New Republic - "A Year After the Boston Bombing") We now know that the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which occurred a year ago this week, might have been prevented if U.S.-Russia counterterrorism cooperation had been better. Last week, The New York Times reported that although Russian intelligence officials alerted the FBI in 2011 that alleged mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev...
Maria Popova 04-18-2014
(Foreign Affairs) Ukraine has struggled with the law since its independence. Its judiciary is plagued by two main problems: political dependence and corruption. Political subservience extends from the district courts all the way up to the country’s constitutional court and Supreme Court. During deposed President Viktor Yanukovych’s rule, for example, courts were often mere...
Nicu Popescu 04-18-2014
Mediamax’s interview with Dr. Nicu Popescu, Senior Analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) Q: How deep is EU’s disappointment in Armenia’s September 2013 decision, and do you think there were different reactions in the European capitals and in the European Commission? A: Everyone in the EU wanted a closer relationship with Armenia, Azerbaijan,...
PONARS Eurasia 04-16-2014
(ABC News - "Post-Soviet republics in tug-of-war with Russia and the west") In December 1991 the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics disintegrated and 15 countries emerged from what had been a single-party state ruled by the Communist Party from Moscow. Recently we've heard a lot about one of those post-Soviet republics—Ukraine—but Ukraine is just one of 14 such states (ex...

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