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Henry E. Hale 13 Jul 2016
(Journal of Democracy) After a quarter-century, the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union looks like a de-democratizing event. Leading up to that fateful year, Mikhail Gorbachev had been one of the world’s great democratizers. In just six years after rising to the top post in one of history’s most repressive regimes, he had almost completely freed the media, launched competitive elections, and ended the Communist Party’s political...
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PONARS Eurasia 07 Jul 2016
(New Book) An account edited by Siegfried Hecker, Doomed to Cooperate tells the story of the collaboration through the words of American and Russian scientists who traveled to each other’s nuclear complexes to work together within the individual bounds of nuclear secrecy. The content reveals not only the scientific endeavors and benefits of strengthened nuclear safety and security in Russia and worldwide, but also the intensity,...
PONARS Eurasia 05 Jul 2016
The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) awarded Volodymyr Kulyk "Best Article" for "Ukrainian nationalism since the outbreak of Euromaidan" (Ab Imperio, No. 3, 2014). The article traces the evolution of Ukrainian nationalism from the end of 2013 to the end of 2014 under the influence of mass protests against the antidemocratic regime of President Yanukovych (Euromaidan) and Russia’s intervention into Crimea and Donbas...
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(V&R) In the early 21st century, violent extremism in general and Islamist violence in particular have been dominated by several jihadist movements that are regionally-based, primarily operate at regional level and have been undergoing the bottom-up regionalization process. All these movements are major combatants in the world!s most intense regional armed conflicts and the lead terrorist actors against non-combatants. All try to build Islamic states...
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(Politique étrangère) Abstract: Russian military intervention in Syria was not an attempt to exert dominance as a hegemonic power in the Middle East. Far from promoting a unilateral approach, Moscow in fact supports multilateralism. Flexing its muscles in Syria was intended to make manifest to the United States and its allies that multilateral negotiations can not take place in the region – or elsewhere – with the exclusion of Russia....
Volodymyr Kulyk 07 Jun 2016
(Routledge) This essay examines the impact of the Euromaidan protests and the subsequent Russian aggression on Ukrainian national identity. It demonstrates that national identity has become more salient vis-à-vis other territorial and non-territorial identities. At the same time, the very meaning of belonging to the Ukrainian nation has changed, as manifested first and foremost in increased alienation from Russia and the greater embrace of...
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PONARS Eurasia 31 May 2016
(KU.edu) A University of Kansas researcher has developed a framework to analyze how governments can use religion in different ways to legitimize their own power.   "Religion has been used as a source of unity and peace but also a source of war and conflict, and toward uniting diverse groups within a state or highlighting differences," said Mariya Omelicheva, associate professor of political science. "But in the end, religion, like...
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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...
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