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...
Levitsky and Way show that regimes spawned by popular revolutions usually share four attributes that enhance their durability
PONARS Eurasia 30 May 2018
(The Atlantic) “When your enemy is making a mistake,” Napoleon purportedly cautioned, “never interrupt him.” In recent months the Islamic Republic of Iran has been battered by accumulating crises—including a collapsing currency, an irrepressible citizen’s-rights and feminist movement, and persistent labor strikes—that have called into question its continued viability. It is increasingly evident that the Trump...
Podvig: Russian efforts to develop hypersonic glide vehicles are explicitly aimed at evading U.S. missile defense systems
PONARS Eurasia 25 May 2018
Warnings of a Russian hypersonic weapon that the U.S. can't defend against may have had you running for the bomb shelter last week. But what, exactly, is this weapon, and how does it work? Russian President Vladimir Putin first announced the hypersonic weapon, code-named Avangard, in a speech in March. Last week, U.S. intelligence sources told CNBC that the weapon had been successfully tested a number of times and could be operational by 2020...
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