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PONARS Eurasia 08-25-2015
  September 18-19, 2015 | GW Elliott School of International Affairs | 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC   Agenda   Day 1 - Friday, September 18, 2015   8:15-8:45 am  Registration (1957 E St. NW, 7th Floor)   8:45-10:45 am  Welcome & Panel 1: Ukraine: War and Identity City View Room, Elliott School 7th Floor Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University War and Sociopolitical...
Harris Mylonas 08-25-2015
(Social Science Quarterly) The goal of this article is to highlight the methodological problems involved in the study of nation-building and propose solutions. I identify three categories of methodological problems that flow from respective practices in social science research: (i) inferring intentions from observed behavior or outcomes; (ii) relying on census data to infer a country's ethnic diversity; and (iii) arbitrary periodization and...
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Theodore Gerber 08-14-2015
Current tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine and other issues have prompted discussions in the media and in policymaking circles about the state of expertise on Russia in the United States. Some observers argue that since the collapse of the Soviet Union the quantity and quality of Russia-related research and graduate training at US-based universities have declined and also that American perceptions of Russia remain stuck in a Cold...
Elise Giuliano 08-12-2015
(Ethnopolitics) This study considers how a community that supports self-rule takes shape in movements for self-determination. Examining separatism in east Ukraine, the author suggests that the formation of community boundaries is not automatic. Boundaries are not activated by pre-existing ethnic or linguistic identities, or even by the appeals of political leaders who manipulate those identities. Instead, analysts should focus attention on how...
PONARS Eurasia 06-29-2015
(Palgrave Studies in International Relations) The Ukraine crisis in 2014 took many observers by surprise. Its magnitude and implications necessitate a better understanding of the drivers of Russia's actions in international politics. Russia's Foreign Policy: Ideas, Domestic Politics and External Relations analyses the evolution and main determinants of Russia's foreign policy choices. Its various chapters, written by renowned specialists in...
Robert Orttung 06-29-2015
(Freedom House) President Vladimir Putin’s decisions in 2014 to seize Crimea, invade eastern Ukraine, and deepen political repression at home can all be attributed, at least in part, to his fear of losing power after 15 years as Russia’s paramount leader. The Kremlin needed to marshal public support while distracting attention from growing economic problems and preventing any emulation of Ukraine’s protest and reform movement. Russia...
Andrey Makarychev 06-29-2015
(CIDOB) The ongoing crisis in Russia-Ukraine relations is more often than not discussed in regional security context, with some tendency of either diminishing or even denying its profound reverberations for the entire EU and the whole Euro-Atlantic community. The starting point for my analysis is different: I stem from the momentous implications of this crisis for the entire international society, since its ensuing repercussions are likely to determine...
Dinissa Duvanova 06-16-2015
(PECOP) Prior to 1989, the communist countries of Eastern Europe and the USSR lacked genuine employer and industry associations. After the collapse of communism, industry associations mushroomed throughout the region. Duvanova argues that abusive regulatory regimes discourage the formation of business associations and poor regulatory enforcement tends to encourage associational membership growth. Academic research often treats special interest groups...

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