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PONARS Eurasia 20 Apr 2018
(Geopolitics and Security) The South Caucasus is a region at the nexus of various economic, political, and energy interests. It is currently witnessing some of the most complex and dangerous events in the world today. It features weak states, direct and proxy wars, and a confluence of great power interests. It is a prism for fundamental challenges to the international system, including separatism, security, energy transit, and infrastructure. Read...
Dmitry Gorenburg 20 Apr 2018
MCIS slides on regional security in the Middle East and North Africa Today’s installment of MCIS slides comes courtesy of Sam Charap, who attended the breakout session on regional security in the MENA region. The panel was led off by Lt. General Stanislav Gadzhimagomedov, the Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff. Unfortunately, the Russian MOD has not made available speech texts or video of the breakout...
PONARS Eurasia 19 Apr 2018
Post-elections Russia: what to expect? There are some questions how Russia would look after Putin`s expected re-election in March 2018. Whether Russia can attempt some changes internally and how West-Russia confrontation will develop interest almost everyone. Professor Andrey Makarychev from the University of Tartu shares his opinion on in a number of issues, including Russia`s external and internal policy, Russian world.  Read More | The Politicon...
PONARS Eurasia 11 Apr 2018
(Post-Soviet Affairs) Introduction: Studying identity in Ukraine—While it is common wisdom that “identity matters” in Ukrainian politics, we still lack a robust understanding of precisely when and how it matters. Reflecting challenges facing the broader interdisciplinary field of comparative identity politics, authors frequently bring to their analyses very different notions of the nature of identity itself, skipping a rigorous examination of these...
PONARS Eurasia 11 Apr 2018
(RAD) Following Russia’s March 2018 presidential elections, this edition of the RAD focuses on what to expect in Putin’s fourth term as president. More specifically, the edition includes short commentary pieces from ten leading Russian experts that set out the agenda the Putin regime is likely to pursue and the major challenges it will face in the years ahead. Read More | PDF © Russian Analytical Digest (RAD), April 2018 Contents:...
PONARS Eurasia 11 Apr 2018
(Journal of Comparative Politics) Introduction: 2017 marked one hundred years since the Bolshevik Revolution. In 1917, Russia embarked on one of history’s most significant social, political, and economic transformations. The establishment of communism and the Soviet Union was transformational for Russia domestically, but also created over time a new global order. Although ultimately a developmental failure, the Soviet system would not only modernize...
Nicu Popescu 11 Apr 2018
(Carnegie Moscow Center) (Co-authored with S. Secrieru) The surge of third powers in the post-Soviet space is propelled by the twin engines of rising demand for alternatives to Russia and the West, and growing supply of new ambitious economic and political regional players. The overall effect of these trends is to offer most post-Soviet states an increasing array of foreign, economic, and political options, and a wider and more stable foundation...
Sean Roberts 13 Mar 2018
(Critical Asian Studies) Abstract: This article provides an overview of People’s Republic of China (PRC) counter-terrorism policies targeting Uyghurs since 2001 when the state first asserted that it faced a terrorist threat from this population. In reviewing these policies and their impact, it suggests that the state has gradually isolated and excluded Uyghurs from PRC society. Drawing on the writings of Michael Foucault, it articulates this gradual...

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