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Pavel Baev 24 Sep 2019
(EDM) Russia’s annual major autumnal exercises are usually accompanied by a loud propaganda campaign advertising the country’s military might; this year, however, official reporting on the Tsentr 2019 war games was rather low key. On Friday (September 20), President Vladimir Putin, in his capacity as commander-in-chief, observed the tanks advancing through the staged explosions to conquer an...
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Hilary Appel 23 Sep 2019
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff Mankoff sits down with Hilary Appel, the Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College in California. They discuss her policy memo “Are Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin Partners? Interpreting The Russia-China Rapprochement,” as well as the reinterpretation of Chinese investment as a ‘debt trap.’  The...
Regina Smyth 19 Sep 2019
(The Cconversation) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party, United Russia, eked out a majority in the Moscow municipal legislature in elections on Sept. 8. While Putin’s regime touted the outcome as a victory, the election posed a significant challenge to what is called Putinism, a system that emerged in Putin’s second term to reassert Kremlin control over Russian...
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PONARS Eurasia 19 Sep 2019
(Point & Counterpoint) Maria Lipman discusses the political developments of the past two months and the Russian government's general policy toward elections with Mikhail Vinogradov, a Russian political expert and one of the most-often cited political commentators. Introduction: On Russia’s annual Election Day, Sunday, September 8, regional and municipal elections were held in...
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Anar Valiyev 19 Sep 2019
(Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung) 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Eastern Partnership initiative with six former Soviet Republics – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The direction of development for Armenia and Belarus is clear: in these countries, the political establishment chose to align with the Eurasia Economic Union, as well as the Collective Security...
Dmitry Gorenburg 18 Sep 2019
(RMR blog) One more in the series of policy briefs on Russian strategic culture and leadership decision-making, written for a collaborative project organized by the Marshall Center with support from the Russia Strategy Initiative. This one is on Russian naval strategy in the Mediterranean, written in June but only recently published. As with the last one, I am posting the full text here with...

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