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Farid Guliyev 07 Oct 2019
(Current History) During its recent oil boom, Azerbaijan experienced more than a decade of fast economic growth. Between 2001 and 2011, gross domestic product grew tenfold, then peaked at $75 billion in 2014. Predictably, though, the bubble burst: in mid-2014, plunging global commodity prices sent the economy into a deep recession. The government increased borrowing and twice devalued the...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Oct 2019
(Point & Counterpoint) In the summer of 1996, President Boris Yeltsin, who had just been reelected for a second term, commissioned a group of Russian intellectuals to design a new national idea for the country. It was a virtually impossible task: putting together a set of ideals and values and conceptions of a common past and future that can bring a society together and help set...
Tags: Russia
PONARS Eurasia 07 Oct 2019
(CSIS/PONARS Eurasia) China’s rise in the Indo-Pacific is discussed often but what about its growing influence in Eurasia? What political and economic roles does China play in the region and what are the implications? CSIS and George Washington University’s Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) held a two-panel event on September 12 focused on China...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Oct 2019
(Russia Matters) This fall, Central Asia’s richest country was shaken yet again, on at least two separate occasions, by anti-government protests with decidedly anti-Chinese sentiments. Local unease with Beijing’s intentions and investments—which have ballooned to tens of billions of dollars throughout the region—has become easy to exploit for “the mischievous and hot...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Oct 2019
(EDM) Moscow’s vaunted “pivot to the East” did not begin when Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012. Instead, it dates back to late 2006, when he ordered the development of the Russian Far East and Siberia. Others may prefer to believe it began with then-president Dmitry Medvedev’s inaugural tour to Kazakhstan and China in 2008. Regardless, this ostensible shift has since become...
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Volodymyr Dubovyk 04 Oct 2019
The last few months have been, perhaps, the most tested time of US-Ukraine relations in history. Presidents Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskiy have been confronting the release of the transcript of their July phone call and had a tense and awkward meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA meeting in New York. This story is developing and it is not pleasant. Since the situation is dynamic and new...

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