Kimberly Marten 04 Mar 2013
(H-Diplo) How can we understand the important phenomenon of modern-day warlords, often associated with state failure and transborder criminality even as state leaders frequently rely upon them as a source of order or peace in the most difficult of conditions? Kimberly Marten’s Warlords: Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States blazes a new trail in answering this question, adopting an explicitly inductive approach to theory-building through the study...
Arkady Moshes 01 Mar 2013
(FIIA) Vladimir Putin’s third term as Russia’s president allows us to draw parallels with the USSR under the leadership of Yuri Andropov 30 years ago. Political rights are being suppressed, yet Putin has to tread carefully so as not to step on the toes of the elites. Any ideas of modernizing Russia seem to have been abandoned. See the article | © FIIA Comment 5 (2013)
Andrey Makarychev 28 Feb 2013
It seems that German diplomacy found a new role to play in Eastern Europe – assisting housing and labor market reforms in Belarus. Incomprehensible housing tariffs, legal imperfections, unprotected consumer rights, excessive red-tape regulations – all these mundane issues were discussed at a two-day conference (“European Dialogue on Modernization with Belarusian Society”) convened by the German Foreign Ministry. Evidently, Belarus is a hard...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Feb 2013
Q:  Recently, Michelle Obama announced the Academy Award for Argo, a movie about the rescue of Americans in Iran. Some Russian analysts interpreted it as a political move against Iran. What is your view? A:  "I hadn't realized it was being construed that way.  That's very amusing.  Suffice to say that the White House has no role in the voting. The votes are cast by members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and are tallied by...
Andrey Makarychev 27 Feb 2013
“Europe doesn’t function!" Ulrique Guerot, one of the leading German voices in European affairs, made this emotional statement at a round table discussion (“Building a European Democracy: Mapping the Approaches”) convened by the European Council of Foreign Relations and the Mercator Foundation in Berlin. Other participants were more moderate: for them Europe does function, but it is not popular any longer. Debate on the future of Europe would...
Pavel Baev 25 Feb 2013
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) Last week marked the anniversary of the shocking performance staged by the Pussy Riot punk rock group in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. And this year saw a spectacular increase in the density of “patriotic” political noise silencing common sense in debates over such matters as separation of church and state, homosexual “propaganda” or the adoption of Russian children by American families. This noise has...
Harris Mylonas 25 Feb 2013
(GWU) "Greece: the Path Forward" - Harris Mylonas, PONARS Eurasia member and assistant professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University, discusses the challenging political situation in Greece. Click here to see the video | © The Elliott School of International Affairs  
Sergey Minasyan 21 Feb 2013
The 2013 presidential election was held in Armenia on February 18. According to the preliminary report of the Central Election Commission, incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan won with 58.6% of the vote; Raffi Hovannisian, the head of Heritage, an opposition party in parliament, came second with 36.7%, followed by Hrant Bagratyan with 2.15%. To everyone's surprise, the February 2013 presidential election was rather significant and dramatic...

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