Dmitry Gorenburg 11 Dec 2012
  (Part 1 of 2) The Military Industrial Commission’s Public Chamber is considering a report on the effectiveness of arms imports, international cooperation and technology transfer in Russia’s military industrial complex. The report is authored by Viktor Murakhovsky and Ruslan Aliev. The report addresses the history of Russian military imports, going back to World War I. It also looks at the comparative experience of other major military...
Andrey Makarychev 10 Dec 2012
  The Caspian Forum held in Istanbul clearly demonstrated the 21st century’s facets of state capability. Economic interests are only achievable within a wide framework of security, geo-political, socio-cultural, and humanitarian endeavors. This recalls soft power approaches: interdependence, spillover effects, the tricky balance between interests and values, and ultimately region-making. Within the soft power logic, interdependent are not only...
Andrey Makarychev 05 Dec 2012
  Russia has recently intensified its efforts to improve its image in Berlin, one of the most important of European capitals. The multiple cultural events at the end of the 2012 sponsored by Russia, including of course Gazprom, were meant to foster cultural diplomacy, and not [quite] as an extension of soft power. The difference between the two concepts is crucial. Cultural diplomacy is simply a unilateral demonstration of country’s artistic...
Kornely Kakachia 28 Nov 2012
(Journal Article) Reform has been relatively successful in Georgia because, after the Rose Revolution, the new government used its dominance of the state to fire a huge number of officers, purge the old leadership, and instigate a crackdown on police corruption and links with organised crime. This took place in the background of a strong public demand for reform and a state-building process which dramatically reduced public sector corruption...
28 Nov 2012
(WNYC) PONARS Eurasia member and Barnard/Columbia University political science professor Kimberly Marten discussed topics addressed in her book "Warlords: Strong-arm Brokers in Weak States" on New York City's Brian Lehrer radio show. Marten specializes in international relations and international security. Her research focuses on warlords, militias sovereign states, and state security institutions across the former Soviet Union and its...
Andrey Makarychev 21 Nov 2012
  The Pussy Riot affair comes in different versions: it can be told as a legal case, a moral storyline, or a political gesture. It is this mixture of different genres that makes it so hard to reach a relative consensus in covering the story. But drawing lines between different logics and roles is important when analyzing the Pussy Riot incident. For most observers it is evident that the Pussy Riot trial is a political one, but it was the state...
Vladimir Popov 01 Nov 2012
(ISPI Article) When nearly 13 years ago, in 2000, Putin became president for the first time, I wrote a policy memo entitled Why The Russian Economy Is Unlikely to Become a New “Asian Tiger.” In particular, I argued that there is a need to increase government investment into infrastructure (to trigger the increase in private investment) and to maintain low exchange rate of the rouble in order to promote export-oriented development. [...] Read...
Sufian Zhemukhov 23 Oct 2012
Abkhazia has enjoyed the status of a de facto independent state since it won a secessionist war with Georgia in 1992-1993. Six countries, all members of the United Nations, later recognized Abkhazia’s independence after the Russia-Georgia war of 2008. However, Abkhazia lacks broad international recognition. It is instead an object, not a subject, of negotiations between other states, mainly Georgia, Russia, the United States, and the European...

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