(The Moscow Times) The endless parallels made in recent days between the planned U.S. air strikes on Syria and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 may actually add to the general confusion more than dispel it. In reality, the two have little in common. In Iraq, a massive coalition air campaign and a large-scale ground operation were parts of a more classic interstate war that later morphed into a decade-long occupation, coupled with a...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Aug 2013
(by Olga Gulina) For years, Russian experts wrote about regional differentiations in federal regulations. Indeed, Russia is far from being a unified or homogenous state, rather it is an increasingly dispersed archipelago of territories that only pretends to be a single country. Natalya Zubarevich, director of regional programs at the Moscow-based Independent Institute for Social Policy, explained this creeping dispersion through the idea of “...
Sebastien Peyrouse 21 Aug 2013
Whereas China has decided to reduce significantly its exports of Rare earths metals, the consumer countries, mainly Japan, South Korea, the United States and Germany, are looking for alternative partners, and have thus been eying Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and even Tajikistan. For these three countries, it is a global conjuncture that is at once an economic opportunity to boost state revenues, and a strategic opportunity, as producing rare earths...
PONARS Eurasia 21 Aug 2013
(By Olga Gulina) Reality is likely to teach immigrants coming to Russia a hard lesson. The state's migration policy is veiled in seemingly liberal slogans although its application is explicitly illiberal. A fact of reality is that anti-immigrant policies are in demand by the Russian electoral market. For example, according to Levada Center polling: 71% of Russians are convinced that immigrants are mostly criminals and support their deportation...
PONARS Eurasia 20 Aug 2013
(MSNBC) (Discussion with Kimberly Marten) Given the range of critical issues between the U.S. and Russia, including Syria, Afghanistan and Iran, can tensions in the relationship between the two countries lessen? Kimberly Marten from Columbia University and The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons joins MSNBC’s Karen Finney to discuss. Click here to view the video. Click here for a [somewhat accurate] Russian-language transcript of Marten's interview on...
Pavel Baev 15 Aug 2013
The Arctic touches deeper feelings in the Russian political mind than just greed for resources or fear of military threat. Beneath typically grandiloquent rhetoric, there is a deep sense of belonging to the vast cold and clean spaces of the Far North, often translated into the desire to own them. This feeling involves many conflicting aims, which Russia's Arctic Development Strategy 2020, approved by President Vladimir Putin in February this...
Kornely Kakachia 15 Aug 2013
(Report) Azerbaijan-Georgian relations: The Foundations and Challenges of the Strategic Alliance is the first comprehensive report on the dynamics of bilateral relations. Co-authored by Kornely Kakachia and Zaur Shiriyev. Click here to view the report | © Center for Strategic Studies (SAM)
Harris Mylonas 14 Aug 2013
(Korea JoongAng Daily) This year marks 110 years since the first batch of Koreans immigrated overseas. These immigrants first left Korea to escape poverty (and later colonization by Japan), and to pursue dreams and education. Some 7.26 million Koreans - about 10 percent of the Korean Peninsula’s entire current population - have since immigrated to more than 160 countries around the world. And these immigrant Koreans - whether in the United...

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