Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 04-18-2017
(Daedalus) The current issue of Dædalus represents a collaborative effort to think afresh about Russia’s political future. The long and eventful reign of Vladimir Putin, commenced in 2000, is well into its second half. The time horizon we work with in our discussion is roughly ten to fifteen years out. By then, Putin, if alive, will be in his mid-seventies (he turns sixty-five in October 2017) and will either be out of power or in his endgame as national...
PONARS Eurasia 04-18-2017
(TMN) Host Luke Vargas discusses the U.S.-China relationship in the age of President Trump. When Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Trump earlier this month U.S. strikes in Syria overshadowed the encounter. But there’s far too much at stake for U.S.-China relations to stay quiet for long – from the possibility of a trade war to the simmering question of North Korea, controversy in the South China Sea and competing global visions. We’re breaking it all...
PONARS Eurasia 04-12-2017
(NPR) Radio hosts Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish speak with Russian expert Kimberly Marten about her thoughts on Rex Tillerson's first official diplomatic visit to Russia. [...] MARTEN: Well, if we look in detail at what happened in Syria, it had to have embarrassed President Putin that Assad decided to use chemical weapons because Putin had sort of staked his reputation on the successful 2013 chemical weapons accord. And so Assad, by...
PONARS Eurasia 04-10-2017
(PBS Newshour) Syrian officials on Saturday surveyed the damage caused by recent U.S. military strikes on a government airfield that were in retaliation to a chemical attack on Syrian civilians. American officials also threatened new sanctions against the country. For more on the situation in Syria and the U.S. military's role there, New America fellow Doug Ollivant and political science professor at Columbia University Kimberly Marten join Hari...
PONARS Eurasia 04-10-2017
(Business Insider) During the last election, many of the 800,000 Russian speakers in the US embraced Trump out of disgust for the socialist values that made them flee the Soviet republics. Particularly among the generation of immigrants who came to the US in the 1980s and '90s, the tendency to decry Putin's policies as undemocratic while heralding Trump for his "revolutionary" promises persists. In the April primary, Trump earned 84% of the Republican...
PONARS Eurasia 03-31-2017
(Monkey Cage blog) Joshua Tucker asked eight PONARS Eurasia experts on Russian politics: Do the protests that took place across 99 cities in Russia on Sunday signify that meaningful change in Russian politics is likely? Why or why not? Here are the replies. Graeme Robertson: Putin’s vulnerable Theodore Gerber: Any government response will bring out more protesters...
PONARS Eurasia 03-31-2017
(ARMENPRESS) March 31 is the last day of election campaign for Armenia's upcoming parliamentary election which will be followed by a day of silence. All 9 political forces taking part in the election presented their election program provisions and their visions over country's development and progress to the public through various platforms. Polticial scientists gave an interview to Armenpress, summarizing the election campaign, as well as revelaing the...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-31-2017
(WXOW ABC) You may not think much about the City of Mabel, Minnesota--a town of just under 800 near the border with Iowa--but it's home to one business owner who's made a personal connection with a country in crisis.  Gary Steuart is owner and founder of Steuart Laboratories. In 1982, Steuart Laboratories started making natural healing products for animals. Later on, some of his clients noticed those products were working on people too.[...] News 19 went...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-30-2017
The publications on BishkekProject.com are the outcome of an international conference entitled “The Great Powers and Central Asia after Western Drawdown from Afghanistan,” which was co-hosted by Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in June 2016. - - - - - See the publications by PONARS Eurasia members: Ekaterina Stepanova: The ISIS Factor In Afghanistan: How Much Of A Challenge For Russia? Marlene Laruelle...
PONARS Eurasia 03-29-2017
(CSM) Generally, prestigious private universities with hundreds of students don't get shut down over fairly minor, six-month-old technical issues that have since been resolved. But that is precisely the predicament facing the two-decade-old European University at St. Petersburg, a bastion of Western liberal arts, which has been ordered closed by a district court after a furious conservative assault against it. [...] Nikolai Petrov, a...
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