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PONARS Eurasia 04-20-2018
(VICE News) Two days after the U.S. launched missile strikes on Syria, President Trump’s U.N. Ambassador, Nikki Haley, made the rounds of Sunday political talk showspromising more economic sanctions for Russia over its continued support for the Syrian regime. But Haley’s tough talk apparently surprised Trump, who watched her on television with rage, according to The New York Times. He hadn’t yet decided new sanctions were coming. [...] Still, the...
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PONARS Eurasia 04-20-2018
(Geopolitics and Security) The South Caucasus is a region at the nexus of various economic, political, and energy interests. It is currently witnessing some of the most complex and dangerous events in the world today. It features weak states, direct and proxy wars, and a confluence of great power interests. It is a prism for fundamental challenges to the international system, including separatism, security, energy transit, and infrastructure. Read...
PONARS Eurasia 04-19-2018
Post-elections Russia: what to expect? There are some questions how Russia would look after Putin`s expected re-election in March 2018. Whether Russia can attempt some changes internally and how West-Russia confrontation will develop interest almost everyone. Professor Andrey Makarychev from the University of Tartu shares his opinion on in a number of issues, including Russia`s external and internal policy, Russian world.  Read...
PONARS Eurasia 04-14-2018
(WSJ) The crisis in Syria—the chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, followed by the limited U.S.-U.K.-France military response—creates an opportunity to develop the broader Syria strategy the West now lacks. The first element of such a strategy is to help local allies in Syria hold their ground. It would be folly to cede even more influence to Mr. Assad’s murderous regime, Iran, Hezbollah or a prospective ISIS 2.0. This objective...
PONARS Eurasia 04-14-2018
(PBS) Russian President Putin on Saturday condemned a series of strikes on Syrian targets, calling the military action by the U.S. and its allies "an act of aggression against a sovereign state." Kimberly Marten, director of a program on U.S.-Russia relations at Columbia University's Harriman Institute, joins Hari Sreenivasan for more on Russia's reaction means and what may come next. HARI SREENIVASAN: The Kremlin immediately condemned...
PONARS Eurasia 04-11-2018
(Post-Soviet Affairs) Introduction: Studying identity in Ukraine—While it is common wisdom that “identity matters” in Ukrainian politics, we still lack a robust understanding of precisely when and how it matters. Reflecting challenges facing the broader interdisciplinary field of comparative identity politics, authors frequently bring to their analyses very different notions of the nature of identity itself, skipping a rigorous examination of these...
PONARS Eurasia 04-11-2018
(Georgia Today) Georgia has been waiting 10 years for NATO to come good on its promise, given at the 2008 Bucharest Summit, that Georgia (and Ukraine) would one day become members of the Alliance. Not that having a war in 2008 (ditto for Ukraine) helped matters, but still. How big was the Bucharest Summit for Georgia? A major milestone that had a geopolitical impact or simply a foreshadowing for what was to come? What is its importance and legacy now, ten...
PONARS Eurasia 04-11-2018
(RAD) Following Russia’s March 2018 presidential elections, this edition of the RAD focuses on what to expect in Putin’s fourth term as president. More specifically, the edition includes short commentary pieces from ten leading Russian experts that set out the agenda the Putin regime is likely to pursue and the major challenges it will face in the years ahead. Read More | PDF © Russian Analytical Digest (RAD), April 2018 Contents:...
PONARS Eurasia 04-11-2018
(Journal of Comparative Politics) Introduction: 2017 marked one hundred years since the Bolshevik Revolution. In 1917, Russia embarked on one of history’s most significant social, political, and economic transformations. The establishment of communism and the Soviet Union was transformational for Russia domestically, but also created over time a new global order. Although ultimately a developmental failure, the Soviet system would not only modernize a...
PONARS Eurasia 04-04-2018
(Eurasianet) Armenia and Azerbaijan compete to attract Iranian cargo – Iran has been a fairly marginal player in the South Caucasus, but both Armenia and Azerbaijan are competing to draw it into the region.  Last year, Georgia and Russia signed an agreement to re-open those roads as “trade corridors” – with cargo monitored by a third party, the Swiss SGS company – after years of negotiations between Tbilisi and Moscow brokered bySwitzerland. The trade...

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