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PONARS Eurasia 08 Sep 2020
(Majlis Podcast with Murtazashvili and Siddiq) On September 2, 2016, the Uzbek authorities announced the death of Islam Karimov, who had been president since independence in 1991. During Karimov's last years in power, Uzbekistan had become increasingly isolationist and its economy was in decline. Karimov's prime minister since 2003, Shavkat Mirziyoev, was appointed acting...
(China's Resource Risks) The massive ongoing protests starting in August 2020 in capital city Minsk and throughout the country, galvanized by President Alexander Lukashenko's fraudulent reelection, have Chinese leaders in a pickle. Why is China interested in Belarus? Belarus' location puts it at the center of the crossroads of China's Belt and Road trade route to Europe. According to a German...
PONARS Eurasia 03 Sep 2020
(The New York Times) MOSCOW — A pro-Kremlin propaganda film posted online before Russia’s 2018 presidential election smeared Aleksei A. Navalny, the Russian opposition leader now lying comatose in a German hospital after a poisoning attack, as the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler. A former prime minister, the target of Mr. Navalny’s most vivid exposé of corruption, denounced him...
03 Sep 2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) On Sunday, August 30, Yegor Zhukov was beaten outside his home in Moscow. He is a 22-year-old recent bachelor’s degree graduate from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) and is active in opposition politics. His experience must have been difficult for his friends and supporters in the ill-omened context of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most...
PONARS Eurasia 31 Aug 2020
(The Naked Pravda/Meduza) If you’ve read anything about Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, “Sputnik V,” you know that it’s rolling out to the public in October, just as Phase III trials begin — meaning that researchers still have no idea how effective the product actually is. So far, the scientists developing Sputnik V say they’ve combined Phase I and Phase II testing and confirmed its safety and...
PONARS Eurasia 31 Aug 2020
(Jacobin) Since Belarus’s disputed election, both President Alexander Lukashenko and the liberal opposition have recognized the importance of strike actions in deciding what happens next. But while there have been protests across Belarus’s major workplaces, a long-shackled labor movement faces an uphill struggle to advance a political agenda of its own. [...] Added to this is the fact that...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Aug 2020
(PONARS Eurasia Fridays) Online Event: State Responses to COVID-19 in Eurasia: What Have We Learned? Featuring: "Securitization of COVID-19 and Security of Authoritarian Regimes: A Case Study of Central Asia" by Mariya Omelicheva (National War College, National Defense University) and Lawrence Markowitz (Rowan University) "State Capacity and Political Culture as Parameters for the...
David Szakonyi 25 Aug 2020
(Cambridge University Press) Businesspeople run for and win elected office around the world, with roughly one-third of members of parliament and numerous heads of states coming directly from the private sector. Yet we know little about why these politicians choose to leave the private sector and what they actually do while in government. In Politics for Profit, David Szakonyi brings to bear...

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