PONARS Eurasia 10 Jul 2017
(Business Insider) As President Donald Trump finished his two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Moscow was already declaring the bilateral sit-down a victory for Russia and preparing to tell the press that Trump had accepted Putin's assurances that he did not interfere in the 2016 election. Russian media began celebrating the meeting before it even ended. Anchors remarked on its length, deciding a two-hour meeting...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Jul 2017
(WSUW) A conversation with professor at European University at Saint Petersburg, Ivan Kurilla, about the status of American-Russian relations these days, amid the arrest of a well-known Russian politician and video blogger, Vyacheslav Maltsev. Professor Kurilla also gives an update on the current status of the legal trouble faced by the European University where Professor Kurilla teaches. Considered one of the top schools in Russia, the...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Jul 2017
(KNPR) When Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin on Friday, the whole world will be looking for clues as to where the fraught U.S.-Russian relationship goes next. After months of speculation on the location and format of their first meeting, the two presidents will finally sit down together during a yearly gathering of Group of 20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany. [...] "Putin needs the meeting more than Trump. He's prepared to be flexible and adjust...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Jul 2017
(Nationalities Papers) Given that Russia is due to host the largest and most popular (by a wide margin) global sporting – the FIFA World Cup – next year, now would seem an appropriate time to reflect on the last Sporting Mega Event held in Putin’s Russia – the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. That event will live in infamy mainly because it holds the record for the fastest ever squandering of an Olympic legacy. One hopes this is not a record that...
Andrey Makarychev 06 Jul 2017
The FIFA Confederations Cup that wrapped up in Russia on July 2 is Russia’s last rehearsal for its hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We can already see how different the tremendously expensive and highly publicized World Cup is going to be for Russia in comparison to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The poor performance of the Russian national football team in the Confederations Cup leaves minimal chances for the Kremlin to turn the FIFA Cup into a...
Pavel Podvig 06 Jul 2017
(Russianforces.org) The situation with the INF Treaty is getting worse pretty rapidly. U.S. Congress is moving to include what is known as "INF Treaty Preservation Act" in the National Defense Authorization bill. Judging by the language of the bill, its authors believe that the best way to preserve the INF Treaty is to join Russia in killing it (and to kill the New START extension for good measure). The current version of the bill would...
Andrey Makarychev 06 Jul 2017
For some time, analysts, think tankers, and journalists prevailed in the domain of “post-truth” and “alternative facts.” It is only recently that academics plugged into the debate. The World Congress of Semiotics held in Kaunas, Lithuania, on June 26-30, 2017, was good proof of this. Semiotics is an academic discipline that studies hidden meanings in signs, messages, and symbols, and it can contribute to the “post-truth” debate in two ways. It...
PONARS Eurasia 05 Jul 2017
(Stratfor) Two momentous events marked the early part of 2014 in Eurasia: The Russian Black Sea resort town of Sochi hosted the Winter Olympics, the first games in Russia since the Soviet era. And a few hundred kilometers to the west, a long-simmering political crisis on the Crimean Peninsula reached its boiling point. [...] Kimberly Marten, a professor of political science at Barnard College, has written persuasively that Russia's takeover of...

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