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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...
Mikhail Troitskiy 06-10-2015
(ASPJ report) Despite the onset of pessimism about the economic prospects of the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) association, the grouping continues to attract significant attention as a potential source of concerted counterbalancing policies vis-à-vis the developed world. BRICS members have positioned themselves as aspiring nations capable of sustaining high levels of economic growth without excessive dependence on developed...
Marlene Laruelle 05-27-2015
(CGI paper) The concept of the “Russian World” (russkii mir) has a long history rooted in the 1990s, but it was propelled under the media spotlight in 2014, when Russian President Vladimir Putin used it to justify Russia’s interference in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. The Kremlin’s actions in its so-called “Near Abroad” — a reference to the post-Soviet space — are motivated mainly by its perception...
PONARS Eurasia 05-20-2015
(EPC/SAM) Lying at the crossroads between East and West and South and North, the South Caucasus is situated at the intersection of Eurasia's major energy and transport corridors. An important geostrategic region, for centuries it has been the theatre of competition between regional powers, including the Persian, Russian, and Ottoman Empires. While these empires may have disappeared, their successor states continue to jostle for influence along...
Vladimir Gelman 05-15-2015
Russia today represents one of the major examples of the phenomenon of “electoral authoritarianism” which is characterized by adopting the trappings of democratic institutions (such as elections, political parties, and a legislature) and enlisting the service of the country’s essentially authoritarian rulers. Why and how has the electoral authoritarian regime been consolidated in Russia? What are the mechanisms of its maintenance, and...
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