Mikhail Troitskiy 08 Dec 2017
“I am not risking my head when I promise to teach my donkey to read—in twenty years one of us will surely die—either myself, or the emir, or the donkey.”  - Hodja Nasreddin (XIII century) Challenges have been piling up in U.S.-Russian relations over the last five years. Confrontations—from arms control crises and Moscow shutting down NGOs to the Ukraine and Syria conflicts and sanctions regimes—will continue unless either government opts for a...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Dec 2017
Edited by Mikhail Troitskiy and Fen Osler Hampson, Tug of War provides a critical look at the major international dynamics that are at play in Eurasia affecting peace and prosperity in the region. Overview: Conflicts in Eurasia have been receiving significant attention in the last few years from political scientists and international relations scholars. The geographic area of Eurasia lies at the intersection of global and regional conflicts and...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Dec 2017
(abc.net.au | podcast) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will run for re-election next March - Russian political analyst Mikhail Troitsky says Vladimir Putin has indicated on more than one occasion that he would hate to leave his top position as Russia is going through "tough times." Listen (6.34 min.) © abc.net.au  
Pavel Podvig 07 Dec 2017
(Russian Forces blog) The word is that U.S. administration has finally identified the cruise missile that it suspects to violate the INF Treaty. In his remarks at the Wilson Center, Christopher Ford of the National Security Council said that the missile is known in Russia as 9M729. This was the first time the Russian name of the missile, designated in the United States as SSC-8, was announced officially. But, of course, someone leaked it to...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Dec 2017
(WP) It’s a foregone conclusion that Vladimir Putin will win Russia’s March 2018 presidential elections, so why is the Kremlin fretting about turnout? And how is Russia’s big business supposed to help get people to vote? Here’s what’s going on. Russia’s Central Election Commission is expected to formally kick off the campaign season sometime in mid-December, and Putin will probably declare his candidacy shortly afterward. But Russia under...
Ivan Kurilla 06 Dec 2017
(WP) ST. PETERSBURG — Russians are watching the unfolding scandal of their country’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election with a mixture of amusement, pride, indignation and regret. For a historian of U.S.-Russian relations like myself, the steady flow of anti-Russian cant by the media and among opportunistic politicians is an old story that is repeating itself once again: When America is in crisis, Russia is the ready whipping boy. Supporters of...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Dec 2017
(Harriman Magazine) Russia is in the headlines now more than ever, thanks to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump, allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, and issues of cybersecurity more generally. Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, is now one of the go-to Russia experts for radio and television. Marten’s big break came on the...
Nargis Kassenova 01 Dec 2017
(Project Syndicate) Since independence, Kazakhstan has benefited considerably from its inclusion in the liberal world order, underwritten by Western – and especially US – leadership. As that order becomes increasingly uncertain, young states like Kazakhstan will have to adjust. ALMATY – In mid-November, Kazakhstan hosted the third annual “Astana Club,” a new independent and unbiased platform for dialogue among international business leaders,...

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