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PONARS Eurasia 27 Apr 2016
University of Toronto Associate Professor of Political Science Lucan Way visited the University of Washington to give a public lecture on his new book, Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats and the Rise of Competitive Politics. As part of his talk, Dr. Way outlined his theory about the perhaps surprising rise of pluralism in countries which lack democratic histories. It is not, in fact, the presence of civil society, democratic...
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(RAD) Russia’s regional governments play a crucial role in maintaining social and economic stability in the country. This article looks at the main strategies developed by the government of the Republic of Tatarstan to mitigate the effects of economic and financial crisis on various sectors and industries in the republic. - - - - - This edition of RAD examines two key issues of political economy. Stephen Crowley and Irina Olimpieva...
Pavel Podvig 15 Apr 2016
(Routledge) In the past few months, there have been a number of provocative events between Russia and the West: Russian jets buzz US warships in the Black Sea. Turkey, a NATO member, shoots down a Russian warplane involved in the Syria conflict. Russian government media talk publicly about turning the United States to ashes. NATO and Russia both reposition military assets and conduct exercises reminiscent of the darkest days of the Cold War. All this...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Apr 2016
(EUISS Report) Predicting Russia’s future is a perilous exercise. Many, indeed perhaps most, of those who have ventured to make such predictions in the past have erred in one way or another. At the moment the danger of getting things wrong is perhaps particularly high since quite a number of short-term uncertainties with long-term consequences for the European continent – in both Russia and the EU – could make the...
Judyth Twigg 01 Apr 2016
(CSIS) Two children contracted polio in western Ukraine, right at Europe’s doorstep, in August 2015. This outbreak and response laid bare the degree to which Ukraine’s immunization and overall health system are broken, well beyond what had been commonly understood, crippled by deep corruption, inadequate financing, and widespread popular mistrust. In global terms, Ukraine, the black box of eastern Ukraine, and some neighboring countries...
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PONARS Eurasia 31 Mar 2016
Washington, DC — President of Georgia, H. E. Giorgi Margvelashvili, joined students and guests at the George Washington University this morning to share his outlook on “Enhancing Euro-Atlantic Security.” President Margvelashvili offered views on the changing significance of the Caucasus region, the benefits of security cooperation between Georgia and the West, and Georgia's prospects for greater integration with the Euro-...
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PONARS Eurasia 28 Mar 2016
(Book Review) How Powerful Are Global Indicators? Statistical indicators are more influential than ever before. The Economist provided one recent overview of the power of indicators in a report entitled “How to lie with indices,” and Alexander Cooley and Jack Snyder give a similar motivation and justification for their edited volume Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance. There are more numbers and they are having...
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Juliet Johnson 14 Mar 2016
Priests of Prosperity explores the unsung revolutionary campaign to transform postcommunist central banks from command-economy cash cows into Western-style monetary guardians. Juliet Johnson conducted more than 160 interviews in seventeen countries with central bankers, international assistance providers, policymakers, and private-sector finance professionals over the course of fifteen years. She argues that a powerful transnational central banking...

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