Anar Valiyev 24 Feb 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) The unexpected results of last summer’s UK Brexit referendum significantly impacted the perception of Azerbaijanis about their country’s future cooperation with the EU. Britain is a major investor in Azerbaijan and has played the role of Baku’s EU champion. London has been the preeminent defender of Baku initiatives from within the EU, among other things advocating for the Baku-Ceyhan gas pipeline to Turkey and Europe as...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Feb 2017
(Pacific Standard) China has, in recent years, embarked on a far-reaching, oft-chimerical quest to pacify its restive far-Western region of Xinjiang, home to the predominantly Muslim ethnic Uyghurs. And now Beijing is busily building a “security state” in the region, according to one scholar on Uyghur affairs. This month, amid reports of heightened violence in Xinjiang, China’s push has seen tightened controls on movement and prompted a large,...
Samuel Greene 22 Feb 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Within the next 24 months, the international sanctions imposed on Russia after the annexation of Crimea and the instigation of conflict in the Donbas will likely weaken—despite the near certainty that neither Moscow’s policies toward Ukraine nor its domestic politics will have significantly improved in Europe’s view. The ascent of Donald Trump in the United States, the emergence of “Brexit,” the likely election of a new...
PONARS Eurasia 22 Feb 2017
(Charlie Rose) Kimberly Marten addresses U.S.-Russia relations on the Charlie Rose show with interviewer John Hockenberry. The discussion covers the Trump administration's handling of relations with Russia, the Ukraine conflict, sanctions, the Russian press, NATO, China's influence, oil markets, and intelligence leaks.  Watch Here (transcript available) © Charlie Rose 
Samuel Greene 21 Feb 2017
(FP) Forget about dealing with Trump or Putin. Europe’s Russia strategy should focus on winning over the Russian people. — If there were ever a time for Europe to develop a Russia strategy independent of Washington, it is now. For most of the period since Russia annexed Crimea, Russian propagandists and foreign-policy mouthpieces have been harping on Europe to break ranks with Washington, pursue its natural material interests, and do a deal....
Harris Mylonas 21 Feb 2017
(Taylor & Francis) (Co-author: N. Shelef) Abstract: The territory claimed by stateless nationalist movements can change over time. Following a review of prominent explanations, this article addresses some of the more general methodological challenges involved in studying change in the territorial claims of stateless nationalist movements. It draws attention to the analytical distinction between the origin of territorial claims and their...
Marlene Laruelle 21 Feb 2017
(oDR) The Russian state under Vladimir Putin’s leadership is often seen as a specific kind of regime, labelled by its own name, Putinism. Defining a regime by the name of its leader has obvious limits in terms of analysis. First, it takes the risk of emphasising too much the role and the personality of the individual over structural elements of governance. Second, regime typology in general has shown little heuristic values, and tends to...
Volodymyr Dubovyk 16 Feb 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) To ask whether Ukraine is a client state of the United States might seem provocative. In the opinion of some, being a “client state” is negative, implying that the state is no longer free, particularly in the international arena—akin to being a colony. This negative connotation resonates with the message coming from the Kremlin (and Russian propaganda) that Washington is somehow in control of Ukraine, dictating its policies...

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