Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 02-24-2017
(Pacific Standard) China has, in recent years, embarked on a far-reaching, oft-chimerical quest to pacify its restive far-Western region of Xinjiang, home to the predominantly Muslim ethnic Uyghurs. And now Beijing is busily building a “security state” in the region, according to one scholar on Uyghur affairs. This month, amid reports of heightened violence in Xinjiang, China’s push has seen tightened controls on movement and prompted a large, showy state...
PONARS Eurasia 02-22-2017
(Charlie Rose) Kimberly Marten addresses U.S.-Russia relations on the Charlie Rose show with interviewer John Hockenberry. The discussion covers the Trump administration's handling of relations with Russia, the Ukraine conflict, sanctions, the Russian press, NATO, China's influence, oil markets, and intelligence leaks.  Watch Here (transcript available) © Charlie Rose 
PONARS Eurasia 02-10-2017
(Co-editors: A. Yatsyk and A. Makarychev) The conflict in Ukraine and Russia's annexation of Crimea has undoubtedly been a pivotal moment for policy makers and military planners in Europe and beyond. Many analysts see an unexpected character in the conflict and expect negative reverberations and a long-lasting period of turbulence and uncertainty, the de-legitimation of international institutions and a declining role for global norms and rules. Did these...
PONARS Eurasia 02-09-2017
(CSM) The legal odyssey of Russia's best-known opposition leader, anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, has been mindbogglingly complicated, full of twists and turns. Nevertheless, experts say, it has wound up with a simple and totally predictable political result. Thanks to a regional court's ruling Wednesday that upheld Mr. Navalny's embezzlement conviction and handed him a five-year suspended sentence, it will be almost impossible for him to run...
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PONARS Eurasia 02-08-2017
(Co-editors: A. Makarychev and A. Yatsyk) This book focuses on the recent political trajectories within the Baltic Sea Region from one of the success stories of regionalism in Europe to a potential area of military confrontation between Russia and NATO. The authors closely examine the following issues: new security challenges for the region stemming from Russia’s staunch anti-EU and anti-NATO polices, institutions and practices of multi-level governance...
PONARS Eurasia 02-06-2017
(Al Jazeera) In the past week, eastern Ukraine has suffered some of the heaviest fighting seen for a long time. Heavy artillery fire, a car bomb explosion and other ceasefire violations coincided with a phone call between US President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, his Russian counterpart. The two leaders discussed how to mend relations between the US and Russia. US senators and analysts are wondering whether the surge in fighting is the Kremlin testing...
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PONARS Eurasia 01-30-2017
PONARS scholars and experts discuss the unprecedented presence of signs related to Russia at Saturday's Women's March throughout the United States and the world. While perhaps not surprising given the role played by Russia in the recent U.S. election, what effect is sustained public attention on Putin's relationship with Trump, and Russia's role in U.S. politics generally, likely to have on U.S.-Russian relations during the Trump administration? Does this...
PONARS Eurasia 01-27-2017
(CSM) Less than a year after a baby step forward to protect women from domestic violence, Russia is taking a bigger step backward. That's the view of women's rights advocates after the conservative-dominated State Duma, the lower house of parliament, overwhelmingly approved legislation that effectively decriminalizes "first offense" domestic violence, which is virtually certain to be adopted in its final reading Friday. The legal changes have been...
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PONARS Eurasia 01-27-2017
The Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University is offering Fellowships with stipends covering tuition/mandatory fees and living costs to eligible students who enroll in a 6-credit graduate Russian course in the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (SLW) during the Summer 2017 session. Eligibility: Students who: 1) are entering a PhD program in a social science discipline at a US university in Fall 2017; and 2) intend to study Russian at any...
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PONARS Eurasia 01-23-2017
(NYTimes) — Turkey has courted Africa for more than a decade, boosting trade, opening more than two dozen new embassies and Turkish Airlines routes and dispatching aid to conflict-torn Somalia. More recently, the Turkish government lobbied African nations to close or take over local schools linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of masterminding a failed coup attempt last year. So while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels...
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