Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 02-15-2019
(Russia Matters) What can we expect for Russia in 2019 and beyond? At a recent policy workshop held by the Washington, D.C.-based PONARS Eurasia network, scholars and analysts addressed this broad question and related issues, including the outlook for Vladimir Putin’s fourth term as president, the expected impacts of sanctions and some aspects of Russian foreign policy. With Russia’s political and economic environment arguably the most...
PONARS Eurasia 02-13-2019
(World Politics Review) OPYTNE, Ukraine—One afternoon in January 2015, 78-year-old Maria Gorpynych stood on her porch and anxiously watched her son Victor run the short distance to the home of a neighboring family. At the time, Opytne, located in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, was caught in the middle of heavy fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian soldiers. Victor wanted to help the neighbors wrap a gas pipe in rubber to...
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PONARS Eurasia 02-08-2019
(Point & Counterpoint) Over half of Russian governors have been replaced by the Kremlin in the past two and a half years. A large share of these new regional leaders are “outsiders,” individuals with no roots in or experience with the territories that the Center has entrusted to them. This policy alienates regional elites and may even lead to the radicalization of local politics, says Alexander Kynev, Russia’s leading expert on the...
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PONARS Eurasia 02-05-2019
(Eurasianet) A leading American scholar on U.S.-Russian relations is voicing alarm over reports that paramilitaries from a Russian military contractor have filtered into Venezuela, the Latin American nation where the embattled, Moscow-supported authoritarian government under Nicolas Maduro is struggling to contain popular protests. Up to 1,000 mercenaries from the Wagner Group – a private army formed in 2014 that has operated in recent years in eastern...
PONARS Eurasia 02-05-2019
(Bard) Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – February 04, 2019 –  The Board of Trustees of the American University of Central Asia announced today that Andrew Kuchins, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and formerly director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will serve as the next President of the University. Professor Kuchins will assume full-time responsibilities as President...
PONARS Eurasia 01-28-2019
(Al Jazeera) Ten years ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister of Turkey, hosted Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for a family holiday in the Aegean resort of Bodrum as relations between Turkey and Syria soared to new heights. After decades of Cold War animosity, the Erdogan government that took power in 2002 had built new ties with its southern neighbour and trade and diplomatic ties flourished. Much of this rapprochement was underpinned by the...
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PONARS Eurasia 01-28-2019
(Jacobinmag) When the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, its former republics’ economies went into free fall. Ukraine — the most populous of the new states, after Russia — was no exception: average incomes and life expectancy declined as violent crime soared. It had been a center of heavy industry in the Soviet Union, but during the 1990s its industrial facilities were sold off at bargain prices to figures linked to its political leadership. From 1994 that...
PONARS Eurasia 01-25-2019
The 9th iteration of this go-to textbook on contemporary Russian politics offers comprehensive and critical discussion of the country’s most recent developments, providing substantive coverage of the key areas in domestic and foreign Russian politics. Ranging from established topics such as executive leadership, parties and elections, to newer issues of national identity, protest, and Russia and Greater Eurasia, it reflects the changing nature of Russian...
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PONARS Eurasia 01-18-2019
FEV_1795.jpg   ► Thanks to the rapid development of mobile Internet, practically every young Russian is an Internet user, regardless of whether he or she lives in a large urban center or in the provinces. The “digital gap” between the youth and other generations is quite significant, but this hardly means that young Russians are a substantively different constituency in terms of their political views or...
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PONARS Eurasia 01-11-2019
(Point & Counterpoint) Russia accepts about four million labor migrants annually, most of them from three Central Asian states. Less noticeable are internal migrant workers—Russian nationals who move to another place to make money, leaving their families behind. Maria Lipman talks to demographer Yulia Florinskaya (RANEPA) about the trends, rules, and practices of labor migration in Russia. See the article...

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