Posts by Regina Smyth

Regina Smyth 05-26-2020
(APSA-CP) For the past decade, the study of societal development contemporary autocracy has largely focused on two dynamics: the drivers of individual-level regime support and participation in large-scale protest events, or urban revolutions. These approaches overlook the near-universal rise in small-scale collective action—or urban movements—aimed at rectifying local government policy failures or providing public goods. This new work refocusing attention...
Regina Smyth 03-24-2020
(Globe Post) Russian President Vladimir Putin took advantage of the coronavirus outbreak to announce his support for a proposal that allows him to evade constitutional term limits for a second time. Under this constitutional “reset,” Putin would be eligible to remain in office until 2036. The proposed changes would preserve the two-term limit in the constitution but allow Putin to compete again in 2024 under the new legal structure. This decision was ...
Regina Smyth 01-16-2020
(The Conversation) Editor’s note: Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry A. Medvedev, and cabinet resigned on Jan. 15. Russian politics are often not what they seem, especially to those in the West. We asked Regina Smyth, a Russia scholar at Indiana University, to help readers understand what’s going on. Read More © The Conversation
Regina Smyth 09-19-2019
(The Cconversation) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party, United Russia, eked out a majority in the Moscow municipal legislature in elections on Sept. 8. While Putin’s regime touted the outcome as a victory, the election posed a significant challenge to what is called Putinism, a system that emerged in Putin’s second term to reassert Kremlin control over Russian politics. It included the creation of a dominant party, United Russia, in 2001, and...
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Regina Smyth 04-02-2018
(The Conversation) A crisis erupted this week as Russian diplomats were ejected from European countries and the U.S., and Western diplomats were ejected by Russia. The punitive measures were sparked by outrage in the West over alleged Russian involvement in the attempted murder in Britain of a Russian double agent and his daughter. That’s led some analysts – in Russia and in the West – to describe current Russian relations with the West as a new...
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Regina Smyth 03-13-2018
The Kremlin’s political machine is shaping popular expectations about March 18th’s presidential election in Russia. For more than a year prior to the vote, the outcome of this election has been clear. In late 2016, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Sergei Kiriyenko announced that President Putin would be re-elected with 70% of the vote and with 70% turnout in an contest that would serve as a “referendum on trust.” Mass media and Kremlin...
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Regina Smyth 11-16-2017
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...
Regina Smyth 11-10-2016
Американские избиратели недовольны обоими кандидатами на пост президента, но все же предпочтут Клинтон, прогнозирует профессор Регина Смит. О том, как велась кампания по выборам президента США и какие последствия будут иметь ее итоги, в интервью «Росбалту» рассуждает профессор Индианского университета в Блумингтоне Регина Смит. Росбалт: И Хиллари Клинтон, и Дональд Трамп имеют очень высокие антирейтинги. Что означает такая ситуация для...
Regina Smyth 10-04-2016
Корпорация Карнеги Нью-Йорка (Carnegie Corporation of New York) предпринимает усилия по возрождению исследований России, выделив трем американским университетам по 1 миллионы долларов на эти цели. Данные гранты предоставляются на фоне роста напряженности в российско-американских отношениях и общего упадка в сфере исследований России и Евразии в США. Гранты, которые будут предоставляться в течение двух лет, были выделены Колумбийскому университету,...
Regina Smyth 09-22-2015
Пропутинские и антипутинские демонстранты обозначают одинаковые проблемы, но видят противоположные решения. Есть ли в России оппозиция, применимо ли к антиправительственным активистам определение «оппозиция», даже с приставкой «несистемная», что россияне считают патриотизмом, как менялось общество, начиная от протестов на Болотной и заканчивая аннексией Крыма – ответы на эти, и другие вопросы попытались представить исследователи России на круглом столе в...

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