Henry Hale 13 Nov 2017
Would massive fraud in Russia’s upcoming presidential election generate a backlash against the Kremlin, or would the population simply accept it as normal behavior by a regime they support? A new study suggests that fraud could well backfire, causing the Kremlin to lose supporters. I just returned from the 2017 convention of the main association for specialists on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (ASEEES) in Chicago and this was one of many...
Kornely Kakachia 09 Nov 2017
(Atlantic Council) (Co-authored with J. Larsen) Russian President Vladimir Putin recently requested a UN peacekeeping mission for eastern Ukraine. While at home this looks like a peace overture, Putin is not motivated by the desire for amity. The proposal is similar to Russian actions in Georgia prior to 2008, when it supported a UN observer mission in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone and an OSCE mission in South Ossetia in addition to its own...
PONARS Eurasia 08 Nov 2017
Tune in today via Livestream to the event, “Russia’s Relations with the West One Year after the US Presidential Elections,” a conference jointly hosted by PONARS Eurasia and the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. Livestream: http://jordanrussiacenter.org/livestream/  AGENDA 11:00 – 11:15 am   Welcome Remarks Joshua Tucker, Director, NYU  Jordan Center 11:15 – 12:45 pm   Session 1: US-Russia Relations at the Interplay of...
PONARS Eurasia 08 Nov 2017
(Gulf Times) Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the revolution that established the Soviet Union, but you’d be hard-pressed to find an event in Russia to celebrate the occasion. A military parade was held on Red Square and attended by more than 7,000 people, Russia’s official newspaper of record, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, reported. But the parade was not dedicated to the revolution. It was instead dedicated to an event during...
Alexandra Yatsyk 07 Nov 2017
(Journal of Slavic Military Studies) (Co-authored with A. Makarychev) Abstract: The article addresses the sphere of performing arts as part of Russia’s security policy and, in particular, its propaganda dimensions. The authors approach cultural representations as appeals to universal norms rather than to national interests and in this respect focus on two specific cases of aestheticization of military force applied beyond the national borders...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Nov 2017
Counterpoint is an open-access Russian-language journal of politics and society edited by Maria Lipman. It is based at the George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES). According to Lipman, “As a musical term, ‘counterpoint’ is a combination of several independent lines of melody that converge harmoniously. This is what we aim to achieve in each thematic issue of Counterpoint: independent authors...
Andrey Makarychev 07 Nov 2017
(All Azimuth) (Co-authored with A. Yatsyk) Abstract: This article sketches out general approach to using cultural semiotics as a cognitive tool for analyzing international relations in general and in post-Soviet area in particular. The authors discuss how the homegrown school of cultural semiotics associated with the University of Tartu can be helpful for IR studies. In this respect we place cultural semiotic knowledge in a multidisciplinary...
Marlene Laruelle 07 Nov 2017
(Foreign Affairs) This week’s terrorist attack in Manhattan, carried out by a citizen of Uzbekistan, Sayfullo Saipov, followed several assaults and bombings also involving people from that country: the New Year’s shooting in Istanbul was executed by Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen; Rakhmat Akilov, an Uzbek whose application for asylum was rejected, was responsible for the Stockholm attack in April; and the bombing in the St. Petersburg...

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