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PONARS Eurasia 15 Feb 2019
(Russia Matters) What can we expect for Russia in 2019 and beyond? At a recent policy workshop held by the Washington, D.C.-based PONARS Eurasia network, scholars and analysts addressed this broad question and related issues, including the outlook for Vladimir Putin’s fourth term as president, the expected impacts of sanctions and some aspects of Russian foreign policy. With Russia’s...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Feb 2019
(World Politics Review) OPYTNE, Ukraine—One afternoon in January 2015, 78-year-old Maria Gorpynych stood on her porch and anxiously watched her son Victor run the short distance to the home of a neighboring family. At the time, Opytne, located in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, was caught in the middle of heavy fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian soldiers. Victor...
Tags: Haran, Ukraine
Polina Sinovets 12 Feb 2019
This February we witnessed the true deterioration of arms control. The United States declared its withdrawal from the INF Treaty (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty) due to Russia’s alleged systematic violations of it. Moscow has denied any violations while casting Washington as the one reputed to breach international treaties. The result of the breakdown is that the INF Treaty, which was...
PONARS Eurasia 08 Feb 2019
(Point & Counterpoint) Over half of Russian governors have been replaced by the Kremlin in the past two and a half years. A large share of these new regional leaders are “outsiders,” individuals with no roots in or experience with the territories that the Center has entrusted to them. This policy alienates regional elites and may even lead to the radicalization of local politics, says...
Tags: Russia
Jordan Gans-Morse 06 Feb 2019
(WTTP) Russia announced today that it plans to develop two new land-based missile launch systems in the next two years in retaliation for the U.S. announcing that it's leaving a longstanding nuclear treaty that was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Russia had not been adhering to the Cold War-era...
Pavel Baev 06 Feb 2019
(EDM) The United States’ suspension (as of February 2) of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, was no surprise—but still delivered a hard blow to Russia’s international position. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the outdated but still important Cold War–era agreement back in October; and in early December, the North Atlantic Treaty...
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