Andrey Makarychev 30 Apr 2013
Regretfully, anti-European rhetoric in Russia is on the rise. The Russia Today TV Channel (“RT”) readily covers the most Euro-skeptic parties all across Europe. Pseudo-scholars like Alexander Dugin contemplate Russia's chances to subsume the crisis-ridden Europe. Fiodor Lukianov, a pro-Kremlin journalist and the head of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, referring to the reelection of an elderly Italian President, mocks European...
Pavel Baev 26 Apr 2013
Russia’s position on Syria’s civil war has been criticized so devastatingly in the Western media and proven wrong by so many political analyses so convincingly that it might appear useless and impolitic to re-open the issue. Yet Russia’s allegedly self-defeating position has turned out to be remarkably defensible. By adopting a contrarian stance, Russia has managed to score more than a few points in the complex diplomatic maneuvering around...
Kimberly Marten 25 Apr 2013
(CBS, USA Today) Acting Director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute and PONARS Eurasia member Kimberly Marten discusses Chechnya, the home country of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Marten researched Chechnya for her book, Warlords Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States. See the RTVi video here on YouTube  
Pavel Baev 23 Apr 2013
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The news that the Boston terrorists are ethnic Chechens who have lived in the United States for many years may be shocking for many Americans, but in Russia it does not seem that surprising. How Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become so alienated from the country that became his home that he made his younger brother Jhokar an accomplice in the crime of murdering innocent people at the finish line of the Boston marathon is a...
Cory Welt 22 Apr 2013
(Center for American Progress) In the days following the dramatic manhunt in Boston for surviving terrorism suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, questions have multiplied regarding the significance of the Tsarnaev brothers’ Chechen roots. Thus far, it isn’t clear whether this connection played any role in their fatal attack on the city last week, which resulted in the deaths of three people and more than 170 casualties, but it will likely continue to be...
Sufian Zhemukhov 22 Apr 2013
After one of the suspects of the terrorist attack in Boston, 19 year-old Chechen-American Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested, President Barack Obama asked a question that many Americans were asking, “Why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of our communities and our country, resort to such violence?" Certainly, more information is needed, and I cannot answer the president's question directly, but I could address it in some...
Mark Kramer 22 Apr 2013
(University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China) The two bombings on 15 April at the finish line of the Boston Marathon were not the first time that Boston has known Islamic terrorists on its soil.  At least five of the September 2001 al Qaeda terrorists had ties to the Boston area (including two who had worked as taxi drivers in Boston), and the two planes that flew into the World Trade Center towers on 11 September took off from Boston’s Logan...
Joshua Tucker 19 Apr 2013
(The Monkey Cage) I have been debating whether to write this post for the last few hours since rumors regarding the identity of the Boston marathon bombers and their Chechen origin began to spread.  On the one hand, I still think it is completely possible that the motivations of the bombers will turn out to be similar to those in Columbine, Denver, and Newtown. If this is the case, then the non-stop attention to their Chechen background will...

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