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PONARS Eurasia 13 Jan 2020
Understanding Electoral Reform in Ukraine: How to Open Party Lists While Keeping Them Closed? Nazar Boyko January 13, 2020   On December 19th, 2019, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada adopted the long-expected Electoral Code, with 330 out of 423 MPs voting positively. Shortly after, it was signed by the president. On January 1, 2020, it took effect. The key feature of the Code is a substantive...
PONARS Eurasia 15 Jan 2020
(Defense One Radio) Two years ago, 500 fighters tried to attack a U.S. military outpost in eastern Syria. The U.S. responded with overwhelming force, killing dozens. What happened next? In our latest podcast, we take a closer look at Wagner and Russian private military contractors. "I don’t think we’ll ever know what happened. I think that it’s probably reasonable to suggest that from the...
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Marlene Laruelle 12 Jan 2020
(New Books Network) In a new podcast, Nicholas Seay (PhD candidate at The Ohio State University) interviews Marlene Laruelle about her edited volume The Nazarbayev Generation: Youth in Kazakhstan (Lexington Books, 2019). The Nazarbayev Generation looks at the younger generations of Kazakhstan that have come of age during the post-Soviet presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev. A collection of essays,...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Jan 2020
(FT) Generation Putin: how young Russians view the only leader they’ve ever known “The current generation of young Russians are the happiest since 1991,” says Eduard Ponarin, professor of sociology at Russia’s Higher School of Economics. “Happy, apolitical and nationalist, to generalise . . . and that is why politics is nothing to worry about, for most . . . it would take something dramatic or...
PONARS Eurasia 08 Jan 2020
(Meduza) There is little debate among experts that the Russian state, despite the preservation of its democratic Constitution, has been authoritarian in essence for several years already. A decade ago, some observers still clung to the idea that a thaw was possible, but few today anticipate any liberalization in the foreseeable future. In 2019, Vladimir Gelman (a professor at the European...
Andrey Makarychev 06 Jan 2020
(Contemporary Italian Politics) (Co-authored with George Spencer Terry) Abstract: This article seeks to tackle two interrelated issues. First, it explains the nature of the mutual affection of the right wing of Italian politics – exemplified by the Lega – and the Kremlin. Concomitantly, we explore the reasons behind the Lega’s predilection for Putin’s regime, seeing it as part of this...

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