Samuel Greene 06 Sep 2017
(Moscow-on-Thames) The cells in Russia’s jails reserved for political prisoners, like nature, apparently abhor a vacuum. No sooner had Russia’s prisons and labor colonies begun to discharge the last of the ‘Bolotnoe’ prisoners — jailed in the aftermath of the May 6, 2012, protests — than they began to fill up again with the participants in the March 26 and June 12, 2017, rallies. Just today, a court in Moscow sentenced Rasim Iskakov to 2.5...
Anar Valiyev 05 Sep 2017
(Communist and Post-Communist Studies) This study examines the trust in political institutions in Azerbaijan using the data from the survey Caucasus Barometer (CB) conducted by the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) in 2012–2013. Two hypotheses – cultural and institutional – were tested. The study partially confirms the previous findings that national culture, as well as individual socialization (macro and micro-cultural theories) are the...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Sep 2017
(CSIS/Rowman & Littlefield) At a time of geopolitical tension and mutual distrust, the United States and Russia must work together in those areas where coordination is critical to global security, both to help stabilize the relationship and to buffer against conflict in the future. The analyses in this volume examine prospects for Russia-U.S. cooperation in several crucial regions and fields: economics, energy, the Arctic, Euro-Atlantic...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Sep 2017
(ABC Australia) The US has given Russia until tomorrow to close diplomatic offices in New York and Washington, and close the consulate in San Francisco. Auskar Surbakti speaks to Associate Professor Mikhail Troitskiy, Director of the School of Government and International Affairs at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Troitskiy: "We are really at a very advanced stage in this tit-for-tat. The Russian foreign minister today...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Aug 2017
(HSE) Economic and political commentator Boris Grozovsky compiled a list of the most significant political science scholarship on Russia in 2015-2017. Numerous PONARS Eurasia members were among the authors listed (Vladimir Gelman, Graham Robertson, Henry Hale, Timothy Frye, and Ora John Reuter). Read More (in Russian) © Higher School of Economics    
Samuel Greene 30 Aug 2017
(Moscow-on-Thames) This is what Russia’s financial markets did in the aftermath of the announcement that the Government and Central Bank were moving to take over the country’s largest private lender, Otkrytie (see the news in English or Russian.) It is, of course, not what is usually happens in such circumstances: stocks do not usually rise in the aftermath of such news, and currencies usually fall. The fact that Russian financial markets are...
PONARS Eurasia 23 Aug 2017
(The Recorder) WASHINGTON — Over the decades, the concept of “nation-building” has been in and out of favor with successive American administrations. President Donald Trump says he wants no part of it in Afghanistan. But past presidents have found that when it comes to foreign interventions, it’s very difficult to achieve and sustain military gains in the absence of a stable, functioning government and the institutions that go along with it....
PONARS Eurasia 23 Aug 2017
(The Wire) New Delhi: Even as there is quiet elation in the Indian and Afghan establishments over US President Donald Trump’s speech on South Asia in which he lambasted Pakistan for providing a “safe haven” for “agents of chaos”, there are continuing questions over what his vague articulations will entail on the ground. Over seven years after Barack Obama announced the deployment of 30,000 additional US troops in Afghanistan, Trump has not just...

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