PONARS Eurasia 05-22-2015
(The Moscow Times) Prominent liberal economist and commentator Konstantin Sonin, who was reportedly squeezed out of a top job at a Russian public university earlier this year, said Wednesday that he will leave the country to take up a teaching post in the United States because of recent political developments. Sonin, a specialist in political economy and professor at Moscow's respected Higher School of Economics, is openly critical of Kremlin economic...
PONARS Eurasia 05-20-2015
In time for the annual May 21 “Circassian Day of Remembrance and Mourning,” filmmaker Dalia Alsadi released a documentary titled “Circassians.” The film centers on the how the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics took place on the mass graves of the traditional Circassian homeland. It captures the Circassian movement today, which has three main goals: the recognition of the genocide that took place in the 19th century in Circassia, the repatriation of the diaspora...
Henry E. Hale 05-20-2015
(Monkey Cage/WP) (Co-authored with Mikhail Alexseev) Why have so many Russian citizens seemingly been so cavalier about the dismemberment of Ukraine, a sovereign state that majorities of Russia’s population had long viewed quite favorably? New survey evidence indicates that this is not so much a product of a surge in Russian nationalism, which has actually remained rather stable since the pre-crisis period. Instead, it has much more to do with a...
PONARS Eurasia 05-20-2015
(EPC/SAM) Lying at the crossroads between East and West and South and North, the South Caucasus is situated at the intersection of Eurasia's major energy and transport corridors. An important geostrategic region, for centuries it has been the theatre of competition between regional powers, including the Persian, Russian, and Ottoman Empires. While these empires may have disappeared, their successor states continue to jostle for influence along with new...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-20-2015
In addition, to the plenary session, there were two panels at this year's MCIS conference. The second, on the role of military and political instruments in ensuring regional and global stability was the more interesting of the two. The main speaker was Andrey Kartopolov, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian military's General Staff. Kartapolov focused on the threats posed to Russia by NATO. He started by reminding the audience that...
PONARS Eurasia 05-19-2015
(CSN) HELSINKI, FINLAND — Finland's tiny navy had a couple days of extreme excitement late last month, when its little coast guard cutters scoured the entrance to Helsinki Bay to catch what officials remain certain was a foreign submarine intruder. The Finnish military subsequently announced that they had located the interloper, lurking within sight of downtown Helsinki, and shooed it off with small, warning depth charges. The incident is strikingly...
PONARS Eurasia 05-19-2015
(FT) The US has started muscling in on the shaky European-brokered peace process in Ukraine as the EU approaches a deadline next month for the extension of its sanctions against Russia over Moscow’s role in the crisis. Victoria Nuland, US assistant secretary of state, held detailed discussions on Monday with two senior Russian foreign policy officials on the implementation of a ceasefire and planned political settlement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine...
PONARS Eurasia 05-18-2015
(Politico) Svalbard isn’t a convenient location. With its 2,500-odd residents, living in towns accessible only by plane, boat or snowmobile, this Arctic archipelago is Norway’s northernmost outpost of human habitation — halfway between the mainland and the North Pole. But when Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin of Russia provocatively defied the EU’s travel ban on Russian officials by descending on Svalbard last month, he didn’t choose his destination...

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