Dmitry Gorenburg 22 Nov 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) By the end of 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin will approve Russia’s State Armament Program for 2018-2027. This memo summarizes publicly available information regarding the types of armaments that will be procured for the Russian military in the next eight years and assesses the likelihood that the Russian government will be able to meet these commitments. Based on these plans, Russia seems primed to stay ahead of its...
Pavel Baev 22 Nov 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) On Russian Navy Day, July 30, 2017, a high-profile naval parade was held in St. Petersburg to demonstrate the power of the Russian Navy both to the world and to President Vladimir Putin. The ardent commander-in-chief reassured the spit-and-polished admirals that the navy is a key guarantor of Russia’s great power status. However, praise and fresh marine paint cannot hide acute fissures: the Russian Navy is seriously over-...
What can post-communist Europe teach us about the global economy? A lot, as revealed by research presented at the recent annual ASEEES conference in Chicago. First, businesspeople who win elected office do govern differently though not necessarily in the ways they promise. David Szakonyi presented research on businesspeople candidates in Russia indicating that businesspeople candidates do indeed govern differently. Using a regression...
Russia’s possible involvement in the recent U.S. election (and with American politicians) has renewed interest in Russian politics in the United States. Many Americans, however, are unfamiliar with how authoritarian regimes operate, or what it would be like to live in one as Tom Pepinsky has pointed out. Compounding the problem, much of the news about Russia in the United States relies on easy stereotypes and a lack of true expertise. Here,...
PONARS Eurasia 20 Nov 2017
(Carnegie Council) Welcome to Ethics Matter. I'm Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson. Joining me today is Marlene Laruelle. She is professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She is also a Carnegie Council Senior Fellow and the author of Eurasianism and the European Far Right. Dr. Laruelle, welcome. Thank you for being with us. MARLENE LARUELLE: Thank you. MAGALIE LAGUERRE-WILKINSON: Let's just get right to...
Timothy Frye’s assertion last month in The National Interest that Russian studies are thriving, not dying was soundly confirmed at the annual ASEEES conference this past weekend. More than 3,000 area studies specialists—many of them experts on Russian politics—converged in Chicago to share their research methods and findings on a wide range of topics and pressing issues. The conference revealed at least two exciting areas of current research on...
Regina Smyth 16 Nov 2017
How can scholars make significant contributions to policy making? Reflecting on a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to strengthen regional studies training at U.S. universities, Indiana University’s Russian Studies Workshop organized a roundtable at last week’s ASEEES conference in Chicago that featured four outstanding scholar/practitioners. Panel chairperson, Michael Kimmage, professor of history at Catholic University and a former...
PONARS Eurasia 16 Nov 2017
(Eurasianet) The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as Washington searches for new ways to encourage Georgians to continue on their pro-Western path in spite of ever-receding hopes of joining NATO.  Starting next spring, US Army officers will train Georgian soldiers on defensive tactics. The new initiative, to be called the Georgia Defense Readiness Program, differs from previous American military aid programs in that it...

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