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PONARS Eurasia 08-09-2019
PONARS Eurasia Annual Policy Conference  Friday, September 13, 2019, Washington, D.C.   Agenda [Draft] 9:00 am   Opening Remarks and Breakfast   9:15-10:45 am   Panel 1: Russia’s Soft/Sharp Power and the West  Location: Lindner Commons, Room 602 Chair: TBD  Kimberly Marten, Barnard College, Columbia University  “The Puzzle of Russia’s Relationship with France”  Judyth Twigg, Virginia Commonwealth University...
PONARS Eurasia 08-08-2019
(Eurasianet) Georgia’s top banker has signaled his intention to enter politics and take on the country’s top businessman, Bidzina Ivanishvili, the chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party. Mamuka Khazaradze’s entrance into politics could offer a third choice to voters disenchanted with both GD and its archfoe, the United National Movement (UNM).  Khazaradze, the founder of the nation’s leading financial institution, TBC Bank, announced in early...
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PONARS Eurasia 08-02-2019
(Point & Counterpoint) Under Russian President Vladimir Putin, plebiscitary techniques have played a key role in politics as a way to manufacture the image of democratic legitimacy. Far from being opposed to elections, the current regime readily transforms them into plebiscites and produces impressive polling numbers while simultaneously demobilizing popular participation. On numerous occasions, the Kremlin resorts to plebiscitary polling in order to...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-29-2019
(Democracy Now) AMY GOODMAN: We’re joined now by Samuel Greene, director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London. His book, co-authored with Graeme Robertson, is just out. It’s titled Putin v. the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia. He’s also author of Moscow in Movement: Power and Opposition in Putin’s Russia. Samuel Greene, welcome to Democracy Now! It’s great to have you with us. Talk about the significance of this mass arrest...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-26-2019
(RTL) Russian investigators summoned a number of opposition politicians for questioning Thursday after the authorities staged night-time raids and jailed top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for 30 days. But despite the arrests and interrogations the opposition and some supporters said they would not be intimidated into abandoning plans to turn up for a new rally on Saturday. The crackdown comes as opposition politicians fight to get on the ballot for a...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-26-2019
(The Diplomat) After a quick jaunt to Moscow, former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev is scheduled to land back at the Russian military base in Kant on July 25. The day trip north layers on new complexity to the deep rift between sitting President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and his predecessor, Atambayev. [...] Erica Marat, an associate professor at the National Defense University, suggested one motivation for Atambayev in comments to The...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-25-2019
(Al-Monitor) MOSCOW — This week will see the completed delivery of the first stage of Russian S-400 missile system components to Turkey. As was reported by RIA Novosti, over the course of this supply phase Ankara will receive launching systems and electronic equipment for the system. While the first deliveries of the S-400 to Turkey started more than 10 days ago, the defense ministries of both countries continue to publicly report on the details of every...
PONARS Eurasia 07-25-2019
(FP) Ukraine—“Things here often start with great hopes and end in great disappointments. But this time, I get the impression things could change,” said Nikolai Savitsky, a 54-year-old businessman, outside a polling station in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday evening. A few hours later, at the campaign headquarters of the Servant of the People party, the first exit polls from parliamentary elections were greeted with popping champagne corks. This young...
PONARS Eurasia 07-25-2019
(Point & Counterpoint) In a Point & Counterpoint interview last year on historical politics, Russian historian Aleхey Miller discussed the clash of memory cultures and how they have evolved over the past 10-15 years, namely the way that the “cosmopolitan memory” culture that dominated Western European discourses became superseded by that of “antagonistic memory.” Maria Lipman and Alexey Miller revisit this theme to talk about other recent trends...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-18-2019
(The Diplomat) After more than a decade, the European Union recently released an updated strategy for Central Asia. When comes to Central Asia’s partners, Europe certainly sits below Russia and China. But European states nevertheless have long histories of involvement across the region. In a number of sectors, such as education, Europe has much expertise to offer Central Asia. As Sebastien Peyrouse, a research professor at George...

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