Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 02-16-2018
(Brookings Report) Lenin was famously, perhaps apocryphally, asked how to advance a political cause. He’s reported to have answered, “Probe with a bayonet; if you meet steel, stop! If you meet mush, then push.” To date, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political advances into Europe and military advances into the Middle East have encountered largely mush. In January 2018, Bruce Jones, director of the Brookings Foreign Policy Program, convened eight...
PONARS Eurasia 02-14-2018
The Atlantic Council and the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies held a book discussion on Boris Nemtsov and Russian Politics: Power and Resistance. On the night of February 27, 2015, an unknown assailant shot and killed Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov directly outside the Kremlin walls in Moscow. Despite an official investigation into the murder, three years later his death remains shrouded in suspicion. Some suspect Russian authorities...
PONARS Eurasia 01-30-2018
(Newsweek) Congress and millions across the country have called for punishing Russia over its meddling and interference in the 2016 election that saw President Donald Trump rise to the nation’s highest political office. Days before the Treasury and State Departments must file congressionally mandated reports detailing potential new sanctions, a closer look at the issues involved shows that the undertaking goes far deeper than simply punishing Russia’s...
PONARS Eurasia 01-30-2018
(Vice News) Sunday was a tough day for underground anti-Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny — and not just because he was thrown to the ground by a half-dozen Russian cops on Moscow’s main boulevard, then shoved into a waiting paddy wagon feet-first. Navalny had a bigger problem: Despite weeks of hype, the nationwide protests he launched to support a boycott of Russia’s March presidential election drew just a fraction of the massive crowds that...
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PONARS Eurasia 01-22-2018
(RAND) Despite the rise of religion as a visible force in the sociopolitical life of post-Soviet countries, little is known about how religion has contributed or may yet contribute to tensions or peace in this region. An improved understanding of the relationship between religion and conflict in the former Soviet republics can fill a critical gap and help inform policymakers and other actors working to bring peace and stability to this volatile region....
PONARS Eurasia 01-18-2018
(Channel News Asia) MOSCOW: Donald Trump said during his election campaign he wanted to improve relations between the US and Vladimir Putin's Russia. But a year on from his inauguration, ties between Washington and Moscow are at Cold War lows. As American investigators continue to probe Russian involvement in Trump's shock 2016 election victory over Hillary Clinton, Moscow talks of the US president as a hostage to internal political struggles who is...
PONARS Eurasia 12-18-2017
(USN) MOSCOW – During a segment of a recent Sunday news show here, the mood was, expectedly, full of outrage and indignation. The cause? The International Olympic Committee's announcement just days before that disqualified Russia from next February's Winter Olympics for doping. "Of course, the doping scandal involving our national team is a difficult situation – an unfair and painful one, too," said anchor Dmitry Kiselyov on "Vesti Nedeli" – "News of the...
PONARS Eurasia 12-11-2017
(Herald Leader) A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found. The reporting team, made up of McClatchy and investigative websites Bellingcat (based in London) and The Insider (based in Moscow), identifies the general as Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev. His...
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PONARS Eurasia 12-11-2017
(Buzzfeed News) The Trump administration has rejected a sweeping Russian proposal seeking a mutual ban on foreign political interference, three senior US administration officials tell BuzzFeed News. Russia first broached the subject in July, when one of Vladimir Putin’s top diplomats arrived in Washington with a sheet of proposals aimed at addressing a top concern of the US government: A resurgence of Russian meddling in the 2018 elections. [...]...
PONARS Eurasia 12-07-2017
(abc.net.au | podcast) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will run for re-election next March - Russian political analyst Mikhail Troitsky says Vladimir Putin has indicated on more than one occasion that he would hate to leave his top position as Russia is going through "tough times." Listen (6.34 min.) © abc.net.au  
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