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PONARS Eurasia 28 Feb 2020
(IMR) In an interview with IMR, political scientist Vladimir Gelman, professor of the European University in St. Petersburg and the University of Helsinki, discusses the origins of Russia’s bad governance, the goals of Vladimir Putin’s recent political initiatives, and the Western elite’s “jealousy.” Gelman's book «НЕДОСТОЙНОЕ ПРАВЛЕНИЕ», dedicated to Russia's bad governance, was released in...
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PONARS Eurasia 27 Feb 2020
(Caucasus Analytical Digest) The contributions to this special issue address these issues by looking at the interplay between informal and formal institutions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. PDF © Caucasus Analytical Digest No. 114 (CSS ETH Zurich) Contents Introduction: The Interplay of Formal and Informal Institutions in the South Caucasus by the Special Editors: Farid Guliyev and...
PONARS Eurasia 26 Feb 2020
(Al Jazeera) Leaders and would-be delegates of the founding congress of an opposition party have been arrested in Kazakhstan ahead of next year's parliamentary elections, raising concerns about democratic participation in the Central Asian nation. The crackdown started last week with a reported arson and the arrest of three activists who were heading to the largest city - Almaty - for...
Harris Mylonas 25 Feb 2020
(globalcit.eu) Alan Gamlen has written an ambitious and insightful book on the emergence and spread of diaspora management institutions. The empirical puzzle that motivates this book is the slow spread of diaspora institutions up until the 1990s and their lightning-speed-spread since 2005. The author identifies three waves in this process and proposes a different logic driving it in each...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Feb 2020
(Blog Talk Radio) As Russia's navy starts to transition away from the last of her legacy ships, to her approaching endgame in Syria, join us for the full hour to investigate the latest developments with Russia's national security posture, including the domestic power politics and relationships with its near abroad that influences the same. Our guest returning again to Midrats will be Dr....
Şener Aktürk 20 Feb 2020
(TRT World) Operation Peace Spring, which was launched in October 2019, has been in the making for more than four years. By mid-2015, the YPG-PYD’s expanding occupation of the mostly Arab-majority Northern Syria, combined with their deliberate policy of forced displacement of its Arab and Turkmen, but also dissident Kurdish opponents led to a new wave of Syrian refugees entering Turkey. Moreover...
Mikhail Troitskiy 19 Feb 2020
(Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) Abstract: The onset of a crisis in US-Russian and global arms control has generated manifold proposals on ways to rejuvenate productive negotiations on weapons cuts and confidence building measures. Yet most of these plans are focused on technical details while failing to capture the central role of politics – both domestic and international – in enabling...
Pavel Baev 19 Feb 2020
(EDM) The proceedings of the annual Munich Security Conference always attract keen attention in Moscow, and last weekend (February 14–16) was no exception. The discussions at this high-level forum are indeed highly consequential most years, but Russian interest continues to be stimulated by reflections on Vladimir Putin’s speech at the 2007 conference, which he likely to this day sees as his...
PONARS Eurasia 18 Feb 2020
(War on the Rocks) In January, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that China had developed “a 21st century surveillance state with unprecedented abilities to censor speech and infringe upon basic human rights. Now, it is exporting its facial recognition software and systems abroad.” In remarks at Cornell University in October, Rep. Adam Schiff stated, “China poses perhaps the...
Tags: Russia, Putin, Way
Ivan Kurilla 14 Feb 2020
(Riddle) Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has been traversing its own, often difficult, path towards independent development. Over the past thirty years, Russian society and the country’s elites have performed many tests, making many mistakes along the way. From today’s vantage point, the results of this process of evolution do not seem final, nor satisfactory. The trajectory...

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