PONARS Eurasia 17 Sep 2013
We are pleased to draw your attention to the online quarterly DAG-3QD Peace and Justice Symposium: The Elusive Quest for Political Stability in Central Asia and Beyond, with Alexander Cooley, Pavel Baev, and David Lewis as distinguished participants. Click here for details (3quarksdaily.com). Read the essays: The Elusive Quest for Political Stability: Diverging Approaches by the United States, Russia, and China in Central Asia and Beyond by...
Cory Welt 16 Sep 2013
(ARKA News Agency) No countermeasures should be expected in response to Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union, Professor of Elliott School of International Affairs Cory Welt said, as quoted by Novosti-Armenia. After the negotiations of Armenian and Russian presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin on September 3, a statement was made about Armenia’s intention to join the Russia-initiated customs union. Before, Armenia was expected to...
Dmitry Gorenburg 16 Sep 2013
I would like to highlight a truly excellent report that came out this month on shipborne Russian international arms transfers. The Odessa Network details the network of Ukraine-based companies that are responsible for transporting the bulk of Russian and Ukrainian weapons deliveries to foreign clients. These are not companies are working on behave of rogue individuals, but rather have contracts with each country's official arms exporting agency...
Shairbek Juraev 16 Sep 2013
The 2013 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization once again revealed the member-states do a better job at developing a common rhetoric on international politics than agreeing amongst themelsves on concrete development-oriented initiatives. The thirteenth summit of the SCO, hosted on September “Friday the 13th“in Bishkek, gathered leaders of all six member-states as well as the presidents of Afghanistan, Iran, and Mongolia, along with...
Timothy Frye 13 Sep 2013
Elections – even biased ones—are funny things. Going into the Moscow Mayoral election on Sunday, the conventional wisdom saw the incumbent Sergei Sobyanin easily winning a majority in the first round. Meanwhile, his main opponent, anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny languished in the high teens in the polls. However with 94% of the vote counted, Sobyanin is sweating out a first round victory with a 51.2% of the vote, while Navalny beat...
Elizabeth Wishnick 11 Sep 2013
In a speech at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan on September 5, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined his vision of a “Silk Road economic belt” that would further integrate Central Asia and China through expanded flows of trade and investment, and enhanced infrastructure links. Although Chinese leaders have sought greater economic integration with Central Asia for more than two decades, China has become an increasingly important...
Kimberly Marten 10 Sep 2013
(Al Jazeera) Russia's offer to remove chemical weapons from Syria may be a win for all parties, says Barnard Professor Kimberly Marten. See the interview | © 2013 Al Jazeera America
PONARS Eurasia 10 Sep 2013
The Katzenstein Prize recognizes an outstanding first book in International Relations, Comparative Politics, or Political Economy. The selection committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the first annual Peter Katzenstein Book Prize: Harris Mylonas of George Washington University, for his book, The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2012). In a strong field of...

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