Kimberly Marten 28 Mar 2017
(Fortune) Believe it or not, the time may be ripe for a cyber deal with Russia that would aim to protect average Americans from cyber hacks during peacetime. While the idea might not sit well with those investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, the United States would lose nothing by seeing whether an accord might work. At a similar juncture in 2015, the United States was able to reach a cyber accord with China....
PONARS Eurasia 28 Mar 2017
(KU News) A wave of rallies and protests on the corruption of Vladimir Putin's government is rare behavior in Russia in recent years and could provide clues into the developing political climate there, said a University of Kansas researcher of Russian politics. According to news reports, protesters and opposition leaders are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after the chief architect of the rally, Alexei Navalny, has...
Evgeny Finkel 28 Mar 2017
This book focuses on three Jewish communities—those of Minsk, Kraków, and Białystok—to try to understand why Jews in these communities had very different responses when faced with similar Nazi policies. Relying on rich archival material and hundreds of survivors’ testimonies, the book presents a new framework for understanding the survival strategies in which Jews engaged: cooperation and collaboration, coping and compliance, evasion, and...
Samuel Greene 27 Mar 2017
(Moscow-on-Thames) If you thought Russia’s presidential election was going to be held in March 2018, you were wrong. The voting began today. In an authoritarian system, elections aren’t about who wins or loses on election day. Modern dictators spend the short years between election cycles fighting battles over their legitimacy – hounding potential opponents, reining in the media, burnishing their public image – as though every day could be...
Sergey Minasyan 24 Mar 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Over the last two decades, conventional (non-nuclear) deterrence in Russia’s military strategy has changed from being a sub-tactical, sub-strategic warfighting tool to being a separate military-political factor—a self-contained component in Russia’s strategic deterrence concept. Soon after Russia revised its military doctrine in 2014, it applied this conventional deterrence concept in its Syria campaign—against the backdrop...
Timothy Frye 24 Mar 2017
(Vice) An expert in US-Russia relations explains how we got to where we are today. The Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia have spiraled out into a story that's birthed a thousand conspiracy theories about how and why Donald Trump teamed up with the Kremlin to "hack" the 2016 election. Many Trump supporters dismiss the allegations as a liberal ploy to undermine the president, even as the FBI continues to investigate communications between...
Anar Valiyev 23 Mar 2017
(CPC) China has historically had few vital interests in the South Caucasus. Distance, along with the region’s unpredictable political and economic conditions, precluded China’s involvement in the region. In comparison with Central Asia, South Caucasus markets were marginal, population were low and investment opportunities challenging. Beijing was involved in only a few oil projects in Azerbaijan, mostly for representation rather than economic...
Sergey Markedonov 22 Mar 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Although the South Caucasus has been overshadowed by events in the Middle East and Ukraine, the region continues to be strategically important, especially for Russia and the EU. The ethno-political conflicts in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabagh (NK), as well as the spread of Islamist views, have direct bearing on Russia’s internal security.[1] The EU has been seeking to diversify energy supplies by promoting...

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