Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 03-19-2017
The presidential succession in Uzbekistan following the death of Islam Karimov in September 2016 has rejuvenated discussion about the nature and future of Central Asia’s political regimes. Uzbekistan’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has forged new relations with neighboring Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and implemented some noticeable (though minor) changes in economic policy. In January 2017, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev suddenly announced...
PONARS Eurasia 03-19-2017
The presidential succession in Uzbekistan following the death of Islam Karimov in September 2016 has rejuvenated discussion about the nature and future of Central Asia’s political regimes. Uzbekistan’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has forged new relations with neighboring Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and implemented some noticeable (though minor) changes in economic policy. In January 2017, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev suddenly announced...
PONARS Eurasia 03-16-2017
(World Politics Review) Kazakhstan’s parliament has approved reforms that would decentralize power in the Central Asian nation, potentially giving parliament and the Cabinet more control over key duties such as managing the economy. In an email interview, Marlene Laruelle, director of the Central Asia program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, discusses what the reforms could mean for President Nursultan...
PONARS Eurasia 03-16-2017
(Carnegie Corporation) Michael Moran, Visiting Media Fellow for Peace and Security at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, speaks with Brian Taylor, professor of political science at the Maxwell school at Syracuse University, and Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, about life inside Russia today...
PONARS Eurasia 03-16-2017
(Fox News) Recent talk about a potential European Union move to establish its own nuclear weapons program is being met with skepticism by some top U.S. experts on the matter. The talk has gained momentum following the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, and provocative moves by Russia such as its reported covert deployment of a land-based cruise missile that could target Europe with nuclear arms. “It’s premature for a whole host of reasons,”...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-10-2017
(CNN) One hundred years ago on Wednesday, a food shortage in Russia triggered riots on the streets of the capital Petrograd and kicked off the Russian Revolution, a chain of events that would change the course of world history. But those very same streets in what is now St. Petersburg have been quiet all week -- there are no plans for the kind of parade or flyby put on for World War II commemorations, and certainly no president around to pay his respects...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-06-2017
Last month a major battle broke out between Russian-backed insurgents and Ukrainian forces in the town of Avdiivka in Ukraine. Alongside the return of such violence in the Donbas, Ukrainian society has changed greatly since 2014 in ways that impact the chances for conflict resolution. In this two-part commentary series, PONARS Eurasia members argue for the importance of properly understanding regional divergences in identity, public political attitudes...
PONARS Eurasia 03-06-2017
Last month a major battle broke out between Russian-backed insurgents and Ukrainian forces in the town of Avdiivka in Ukraine. Alongside the return of such violence in the Donbas, Ukrainian society has changed greatly since 2014 in ways that impact the chances for conflict resolution. In this two-part commentary series, PONARS Eurasia members argue for the importance of properly understanding regional divergences in identity, public political attitudes...
PONARS Eurasia 03-02-2017
(Russia Direct) Numerous mantras and truisms about “predictable unpredictability” have become commonplace among pundits and politicians today. Paradoxically, quite predictable moves from global and regional stakeholders make the world less predictable and more vulnerable today. Here are three examples to illustrate the trend, from the United States, Russia and China.   U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to modernize America’s nuclear arsenal and increase...
PONARS Eurasia 02-28-2017
(ARKA) Escalation of clashes, shootouts and sabotage raids in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone into an all-out war is unacceptable to Russia, a Russian political analyst Sergey Markedonov told Novosti-Armenia news agency. According to the defense ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, on February 25, Azerbaijani forces carried out two attacks at the Karabakh-Azerbaijan line of contact in the direction of...

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