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Cory Welt 19 May 2016
(SCAR) To assess the question of what kind of costs the 2008 war imposed on the United States or to U.S. foreign policy, we need to distinguish between a few meanings of the word. First, there are the “costs” the United States bore willingly to support Georgia, a pro-Western strategic partner, in its time of need. Second, there is the “cost” to a core element of U.S. policy toward Georgia: the promotion of conflict resolution...
Tags: Welt, Georgia, Russia
PONARS Eurasia 19 May 2016
(PanamPost) Left-wing activist George Monbiot recently published a diatribe against “neoliberalism” in the Guardian, which went massively viral. Its title alone–“Neoliberalism–the ideology at the root of all our problems”–suggests that he is trying to blame the “neoliberal” political and economic system for practically all of humanity’s ills. The...
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Serghei Golunov 16 May 2016
(Journal Article) (Co-author: V. Smirnova) Conspiracy theorizing is common in many countries worldwide. It plays a particularly important role in contemporary Russian politics. The substantial part of such “theories” focuses on the sinister plans of foreign enemies, among which the United States and its allies are mentioned most frequently. A wide range of actors, varying from high-standing officials to ordinary people, resort to...
Samuel Greene 12 May 2016
(SSRN Paper) (Co-authored with Graeme Robertson) Abstract: Personality research is a growing field in political behavior, but most research to date is confined to democracies. We expand the scope to Russia, an authoritarian regime, and find that the impact of personality on political behavior is substantial but different from the existing literature. We find that agreeableness, a personality trait associated with a desire to maintain positive relations...
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...

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