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PONARS Eurasia 26 Jul 2018
Point & Counterpoint is a new online forum that gives the floor to experts on and from Russia and its neighbors to share their insights into the most important developments concerning the region. This includes not only in-depth analysis, but also research-based debates and informed book reviews, all as part of a non-ideological platform for the study of the Russia-Eurasia region. [[{"fid":"6929","view_mode":"media_original","fields":{"...
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PONARS Eurasia 22 Oct 2018
(TIME) President Donald Trump revealed Saturday the United States intends to withdraw from a 31-year-old nuclear weapons agreement with Russia, delivering a severe blow to the arms control regime that helped preserve peace since the Cold War. “We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out,” Trump told reporters after a rally in Elko, Nevada, without indicating what the next steps might be. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear...
Jesse Driscoll 19 Oct 2018
(UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy) Professor Jesse Driscoll continues to look at how well-functioning domestic hierarchies emerged after relatively short periods of anarchic violence in Tajikistan. This is based on his 2015 book: Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States. YouTube [[{"fid":"7275","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","alignment":""},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"default","...
Natalie Koch 18 Oct 2018
(Cornell University Press) Why do autocrats build spectacular new capital cities? In The Geopolitics of Spectacle, Natalie Koch considers how autocratic rulers use "spectacular" projects to shape state-society relations, but rather than focus on the standard approach—on the project itself—she considers the unspectacular "others." The contrasting views of those from the poorest regions toward these new national capitals help her develop a...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Oct 2018
(Point & Counterpoint) On October 3, 2018, President Vladimir Putin submitted to the Russian legislature a bill that decriminalized some of the deeds currently described in Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code. The article in question relates to “incitement to hatred,” which it defines as a crime. Alexander Verkhovsky, head of the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, explains the possible reasons behind the president's amendments...
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Pavel Baev 11 Oct 2018
(EDM) The Russian Ministry of Defense did not wait long to deliver its promised S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Syria. On the night of October 3, a huge An-124 Ruslan transport plane unloaded four mobile launchers, radars and command vehicles at Russia’s local Khmeimim airbase. This demonstrative step was taken in response to the downing of a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft by a Syrian missile on September 17, which—as Moscow claims—was...
Dmitry Gorenburg 08 Oct 2018
(Blog Talk Radio) From the largest exercise since the end of the Cold War, to Syria, to a revival of covert direct action and  intermediated nuclear weapons as an issue - Russia continues to claw back her place on the international stage. As we approach the last quarter of the 2018 calendar year, what message is Russia trying to give the rest of the world and what should we expect through the end of the decade? Our guest for the full hour to...
Marlene Laruelle 08 Oct 2018
(NEW BOOK) Since the rise of Putin, many have puzzled by the strange affinity of the far right in the West for today's authoritarian Russia. Entangled Far Rights explores the deep roots of this phenomena and reveals it to be a running thread through the entire history of the long 20th century and present regardless of the changing political character of Russia's regimes.  Edited by Marlene Laruelle. Read More © University of...

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