Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 08-10-2018
(Point & Counterpoint) Based on both archival work and oral history, the growing research on the 1960-80s development policies in the Soviet periphery offers a more nuanced picture of how the Communist regime managed its population's expectations and needs. Maria Lipman discusses the topic with University of Amsterdam Senior Lecturer Artemy Kalinovsky. Maria Lipman: In your book, you look at modernization—or industrialization—in...
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PONARS Eurasia 08-08-2018
farmers321.jpg Tajik cotton farmers (credit). ► Based on both archival work and oral history, the growing research on the 1960-80s development policies in the Soviet periphery offers a more nuanced picture of how the Communist regime managed its population's expectations and needs.    Maria Lipman: In your book, you look at modernization—or industrialization—in Central Asia, specifically...
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PONARS Eurasia 08-08-2018
(CAD) This issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest focuses on the international and regional implications of Armenia’s 2018 Velvet Revolution. More specifically, the articles look at 1) whether Armenia’s spring 2018 political transformation led to any changes in the country’s foreign policy priorities; 2) how Azerbaijan’s political elite responded to the spring events; 3) what Georgians think about the revolution; 4) why Armenia’s political changes could...
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PONARS Eurasia 08-08-2018
(Global News) Three Russian journalists wound up dead last week in the Central African Republic, where they’d been following a shadowy paramilitary force that often backs Kremlin causes. It’s unclear who killed the three men, but they died while trying to shed some light on the mysterious Russia-based security firm known as the Wagner Group. [...] Wagner soldiers also offer the Russian government “plausible deniability” if something goes wrong, according...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-31-2018
(Forbes) On returning to Washington, he heard from both parties that for the first time in the history of the United States, an American president had been unwilling to defend the country from a hostile foreign power that had attacked it and that he had been faithless to his oath of office. Realizing the breadth and strength of the outcry, Trump made some motions to walk back some of the more egregious statements, but his heart wasn’t in the retractons,...
PONARS Eurasia 07-27-2018
(Point & Counterpoint) Maria Lipman speaks with Evgeny Gontmacher about the political and socioeconomic implications of raising the retirement age. Gontmacher is the deputy director responsible for social policy projects and recommendations at Aleksei Kudrin’s Committee of Civil Initiatives.  Soon after his inauguration for a fourth presidential term, President Vladimir Putin held his annual call-in show (Pryamaya liniya) with the Russian people. He...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-27-2018
  10286C9A-D1F4-47E4-B77E-86A035508B3F_w1023_r1_s.jpg A protester holds a sign that reads, “Pension reform is a robbery of the people.” ► Maria Lipman speaks with Evgeny Gontmacher about the political and socioeconomic implications of raising the retirement age. Gontmacher is the deputy...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2018
(Point & Counterpoint) The U.S. president probably expected to declare that he had a “very good” meeting with the formidable Vladimir Putin and had achieved what none of his White House predecessors had. Instead, Donald Trump’s performance, particularly at the press conference, inflicted on him accusations of naïveté and even treason, and his retractions hardly repaired the damage. This is disquieting news for Putin: instead of a much needed...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-20-2018
(The New Yorker) The former C.I.A. operative Jack Devine watched Donald Trump’s performance standing next to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, and his first thought was, “There is no way Trump is a Russian agent.” The proof, he told me, was right in front of us. If Trump were truly serving as a Russian intelligence asset, there would have been an obvious move for him to make during his joint press conference with Putin. He would have publicly...
PONARS Eurasia 07-19-2018
(GW) Russia experts and professors at the Elliott School, Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov, discuss the aftermath of the Helsinki Summit from the U.S. and Russian perspective. Summary Orttung  I was following the build up to the first...

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