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Marlene Laruelle 15 Jun 2018
The southernmost and poorest state of the Eurasian space, Tajikistan collapsed immediately upon the fall of the Soviet Union and plunged into a bloody five-year civil war (1992–1997) that left more than 50,000 people dead and more than half a million displaced. After the 1997 Peace Agreements, Tajikistan stood out for being the only post-Soviet country to recognize an Islamic party—the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT)—as a key actor in the...
PONARS Eurasia 14 Jun 2018
(Tasnim News Agency) In an interview with Tasnim, Caress Schenk, assistant professor of political science at Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University, commented on the influence of the Eurasian Economic Union’s regulations on the workers from Central Asian countries who leave for Russia to find jobs. Tasnim: How do you think has the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) influenced the economies of its member states? In your evaluation, has the Union achieved its...
Brian Taylor 13 Jun 2018
(Oxford University Press) What is Vladimir Putin up to? This book shows how the mentality of Putin and his team - the code of Putinism - has shaped Russian politics over the past two decades. It explains not only the thoughts and ideas that motivate Putin's decisions, but also the set of emotions and habits that influence how Putin and his close allies view the world.  The code of Putinism has powerfully shaped the nature of Russia's political...
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Mikhail Troitskiy 13 Jun 2018
(Video | Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2018) Global challenges such as climate change, migration, economic stability and food and water supply require international cooperation. For decades, the US has shaped the international agenda. However, with the ‘America First’ policy of Donald Trump, the US is now holding back more and more. And on the opposite side of the Atlantic, the rise of populist movements in Germany and Europe has also lead...
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Pavel Baev 12 Jun 2018
(EDM) This year’s G7 summit, held in Quebec, Canada, on June 8–9, was overcome by seemingly unprecedented controversies even before United States President Donald Trump suggested bringing Russia back into this elite club of the world’s largest liberal-democratic economies. Only the newly appointed Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte may have found this idea worth contemplating (see EDM, June 6). The other five members did not even bother...
Joshua Tucker 09 Jun 2018
(WP) The journal Post-Soviet Affairs recently published a special issue on politics and identity in Ukraine. The question of Russian vs. Ukrainian identity has been central to the study of Ukrainian politics for decades now, but especially so since the “Euromaidan” protests of 2014, Russia’s subsequent annexation of Crimea, and continued violent conflict among Ukraine, Ukrainian separatists and Russia-supported forces in...
Mikhail Troitskiy 09 Jun 2018
(YaleGlobal) Ambiguity contributes to global uncertainty and risks, but can be a force for good when practiced consensually. MOSCOW: Ambiguous behavior, doctrines and statements have gained popularity as foreign policy instruments among great and smaller powers alike over the last decade. Ambiguity – intentional lack of clarity about one’s goals and plans – has contributed to the rise of unpredictability and associated risks in global affairs. And yet,...
Susanne Wengle 07 Jun 2018
(WP) On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin will once again answer questions from citizens in his annual, multi-hour, live television call-in show, “Direct Line With Vladimir Putin.” Many observers describe these shows as entirely fake, and “Direct Line” is indeed a highly staged and controlled event: Journalists have reported on this year’s preparations and the elaborate rehearsals that those selected to appear...
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