Samuel Greene 30 Jan 2017
(Moscow-On-Thames blog) This has to stop now. The thousands of Americans who have come out to say a resounding ‘no’ to the Trump regime’s attack on hundreds of thousands of Muslim travelers do not need me to tell them that. The shame instilled in me by my government is truly surpassed only by the pride I feel in my compatriots. They seem intuitively to understand the nature of what we’re dealing with. What we’re dealing with is a regime – and I...
Ivan Kurilla 30 Jan 2017
(Al Jazeera) The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States caused anger, anxiety, and demonstrations across the world. Few were the countries that celebrated the event. Unsurprisingly, Russia was one of those few (Israel being another). Both the elites and the ordinary people in Russia greeted the new US president, and even some in the political opposition saw the potential for positive developments under his...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Jan 2017
(CSM) Less than a year after a baby step forward to protect women from domestic violence, Russia is taking a bigger step backward. That's the view of women's rights advocates after the conservative-dominated State Duma, the lower house of parliament, overwhelmingly approved legislation that effectively decriminalizes "first offense" domestic violence, which is virtually certain to be adopted in its final reading Friday. The legal changes have...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Jan 2017
The Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University is offering Fellowships with stipends covering tuition/mandatory fees and living costs to eligible students who enroll in a 6-credit graduate Russian course in the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (SLW) during the Summer 2017 session. Eligibility: Students who: 1) are entering a PhD program in a social science discipline at a US university in Fall 2017; and 2) intend to study Russian...
Samuel Charap 25 Jan 2017
(PS) (Co-authored by Timothy J. Colton) Donald Trump has officially been inaugurated as US president, but questions about Russia’s interference in the election will not go away. Yet one key question is often lost in the fray: Why did Russian President Vladimir Putin do it? Of course, it is not difficult to guess why Putin preferred Trump to his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But there is a difference between hoping for an...
Samuel Charap 24 Jan 2017
(Co-authored by Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton) Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country. This book argues that the crisis has yielded a ruinous outcome, in which all the parties are worse off and international security has deteriorated. This negative-sum scenario resulted...
PONARS Eurasia 23 Jan 2017
(NYTimes) — Turkey has courted Africa for more than a decade, boosting trade, opening more than two dozen new embassies and Turkish Airlines routes and dispatching aid to conflict-torn Somalia. More recently, the Turkish government lobbied African nations to close or take over local schools linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of masterminding a failed coup attempt last year. So while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...
Serghei Golunov 19 Jan 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) The political and economic relationship between Russia and China has been intensifying over the past decade, particularly as Moscow has attempted to “pivot to the East.” While their bilateral political and trade relations have experienced a recent honeymoon of sorts, Russia’s largely resource-based economy and economic downturn keeps its potential far behind China’s. One way to analyze the complex China-Russia relationship...

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