Taylor: The whole press conference was Trump repeatedly scoring own goals with the ball that Putin had given him
PONARS Eurasia 17 Jul 2018
(NYTimes) HELSINKI, Finland — In any other diplomatic setting, it would have been a funny, even insignificant gesture: One president handed a soccer ball, a symbol of teamwork and competition used in the most popular sport in the world, to another, just after the World Cup final. But in this case, according to analysts and lawmakers who watched the Monday news conference between President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, the ball was...
Vladimir Gelman 13 Jul 2018
(Eurasia Review) A society ignores its technical experts at its peril. Nations that hope to contribute and compete in the modern world require skilled professionals, especially in complex areas such as taxation and banking. Political leaders cannot govern without such professionals. Power struggles, the essence of politics, often inhibit the most efficient policies. Numerous reform projects are implemented only partially, or in distorted ways, producing...
Kassenova: Astana has raised, very diplomatically, the issue of ethnic Kazakhs in Xinjiang re-education camps
PONARS Eurasia 15 Jun 2018
(The Diplomat) In early 2017, reports began to emerge that Chinese authorities in Xinjiang were ratcheting up security, flying in troops, and parading police convoys through the region’s cities. Chen Quanguo, appointed Communist Party secretary of Xinjiang the previous August after five years as Party secretary in Tibet, called it a “a people’s war.” The term isn’t new, but the level of repression has progressed dramatically from the...
Kurilla: The Russian president's comments reveal his growing confidence about the wedge he is driving between Washington and its Western allies
PONARS Eurasia 10 Jun 2018
(U.S. News & World Report) If one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's goals is to undermine American leadership in the world by driving a wedge between the U.S. and its Western partners, he likely is smiling today. During his marathon annual call-in show on Thursday, Putin joked about a recent article in Germany's popular Die Welt that claimed President Donald Trump is pushing Europe into Russia's hands. The column came out before...
Cooley: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is not a problem-solving forum; China and Russia are not on the same page
PONARS Eurasia 05 Jun 2018
(Newsweek) Russia, China and a handful of other regional powers will deploy around 3,000 troops and 500 weapons systems for joint counterterror exercises that will take place in Russia’s Ural Mountains in August, Russia’s military announced Monday. Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), an intergovernmental entity that seeks to foster military and intelligence sharing, will participate in the drills. The organization...
PONARS Eurasia 05 Jun 2018
(U.S. News & World Report) In January, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Kim Jong Un for establishing a nuclear weapons program that "solved his strategic task," calling the reclusive 30-something North Korean leader "an absolutely competent and already mature politician." Then Putin said the Korean Peninsula needed to be denuclearized. Moscow's wavering relationship with its former Cold War ally has become a lynchpin to...
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