Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 08-15-2017
(CSIS Report) At a time when tension between the US and Russia is higher than it has been in decades, we cannot forget that the relationship between these two countries is among the most important for global security. On any number of issues, from arms control to the Middle East, failure of the U.S. and Russia to communicate will make things much, much worse, with repercussions that will last for generations and affect the entire world. For this reason,...
PONARS Eurasia 08-09-2017
(National Interest) If the United States decides to attempt to shoot down future North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests using the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, it is likely that Russia’s early warning system will not mistake the interceptors for a potential nuclear attack. That does not address the question of if the United States genuinely has the capability to intercept a North Korean ICBM—and many critics doubt that...
PONARS Eurasia 08-04-2017
(Wharton Business Radio) New Russian Sanctions with Rudra Sil, Richard Connolly, and Andrew Kuchins. A bill has been passed on new tougher sanctions on Russia. Moscow is warning retaliation against Washington and the move has been criticized by the European Union. Rudra Sil, SAS Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Richard Connolly, Director of the Centre for Russian...
PONARS Eurasia 08-03-2017
(VOA) WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law a sanctions bill he declared is “significantly flawed,” with “clearly unconstitutional provisions.” The bill, aimed at penalizing Moscow for its interference in last year’s U.S. election, imposes fresh sanctions on Russia as well as Iran and North Korea. It also restricts the president’s authority to lift the sanctions without consulting Congress. [...] The president’s statements made...
PONARS Eurasia 08-02-2017
(RFI) US Vice President Mike Pence is on a visit to Russia’s former allies, Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro, which are now closer to the West than ever to the dismay of Moscow. Pence also said that that Moscow cutting 755 American diplomatic staff in Russia will not lessen the US commitment to its allies. Mike Pence continued his trip to Georgia and just the day before, The Georgian army began two weeks of military exercises its “Noble Partner” maneuvers...
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PONARS Eurasia 08-01-2017
Under what conditions does in-group pride facilitate out-group tolerance? What are the causal linkages between intergroup tolerance and socialization in religious rituals? Mikhail A. Alexseev’s and Sufian N. Zhemukhov’s book, Mass Religious Ritual and Intergroup Tolerance: The Muslim Pilgrims’ Paradox (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines how Muslims from Russia’s North Caucasus returned from the Hajj pilgrimage to...
PONARS Eurasia 08-01-2017
(BI) Moscow retaliated against new US sanctions over the weekend by demanding that 755 diplomatic workers, many of them American,be cut from the US Embassy in Moscow and from US diplomatic missions in St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, and Vladivostok. The reprisal was far from surprising. President Barack Obama issued new sanctions in December, and Congress had been debating the legislation for months before recently passing it, leaving Russian President...
PONARS Eurasia 07-31-2017
(Deutsche Welle) Vice President Pence's visit to Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro is a new bid to try to calm the nerves of America’s European allies. In an ironic twist, the White House has hinted at the real reason for the trip. Sometimes press communiques contain kernels of truths, sometimes unintentionally. The Trump White House's curt official announcement of Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Europe seems like one of those statements. "At the...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-31-2017
(Bloomberg) After the stiff formality of the G-20 summit earlier this month, President Vladimir Putin is engaging in some more relaxed diplomacy with the west. Russia’s leader arrived in Finland on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the former duchy’s century of independence. Together with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Putin will hop on a steamboat built in 1893 for an hour-long lake cruise near the southern part of the border between the two countries....
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PONARS Eurasia 07-15-2017
(The News) Ever er since Russian President Vladimir Putin first sent his troops into Crimea to annex that region for Russia in 2014, the former Soviet republic of Ukraine has been has been on the defensive trying to preserve its national territory. [...] But Olexiy Haran, professor of comparative politics at Ukraine’s Kyiv-Mohyla University and academic director of the Kiev’s Democratic Initiatives Foundation, sees the no-man’s-land...
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