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PONARS Eurasia 11 Jul 2019
(Point & Counterpoint) The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is building more and more new churches—30,000 in the past ten years, according to Patriarch Kirill. It has also steadily claimed and received the property rights to historical church buildings that have for decades served as public museums. Among the donors to the ROC are some of Russia's largest...
Henry Hale 08 Jul 2019
(Russian Politics) (Co-authors: Maria Lipman and Nikolay Petrov) Abstract: Russia’s political system must be understood as inherently dynamic, with constant regime change being essential to how the regime operates and survives. This regime change does not proceed monotonically toward ever tighter authoritarianism, but can move in both liberal and repressive directions at different...
Brian Taylor 08 Jul 2019
(Russian Politics) Abstract: Security issues were a central part of Soviet studies. This article considers how the study of security issues has changed with respect to Russia and Eurasia since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. It highlights a series of positive changes: a broadening of vision beyond Moscow, more engagement with mainstream social science, greater...
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02 Jul 2019
For several years, Russia’s World War II remembrance policy has been widely discussed and challenged by some of the neighboring countries, while Moscow has reinforced the pompousness of the event at home. In May 2020, Russia’s commemorations will culminate in the 75th anniversary of Victory Day. This year, a new step was taken by increasing the international face of the commemoration, with...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Jul 2019
(Central Asia Program) Russia’s Islamic Diplomacy. Edited by Marlene Laruelle. Table of Contents Chapter 1. Russia and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Conflicting Interactions By Grigory Kosach Chapter 2. Always Looming: The Russian Muslim Factor in Moscow's Relations with Gulf Arab States By Mark N. Katz Chapter 3. Russia and the Islamic Worlds: The Case of Shia Islam By...
Vladimir Gelman 01 Jul 2019
(Point & Counterpoint) On a few recent occasions, the Kremlin has conceded to street protests and chose to respond to public demands rather than resort to hard repressions. Is this shift likely to last, or is it a mere tactical maneuver? The increase in political and economic grievances and rising protest sentiments in Russia present the Kremlin with a dilemma. On the one hand, the...
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