Mikhail Troitskiy 26 Jun 2017
(PIN Points) In the mid-1980s as the establishment of a Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) program was being planned in Vienna at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze is reported to have noted that when countries have a conflict it was the US and not the USSR that was called on to mediate and negotiate. As a result, he sent a security member to Vienna to join PIN...
Elizabeth Wishnick 25 Jun 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Southern Europe has been a new area of focus for the Sino-Russian partnership in recent years. Cultural and religious ties with Orthodox majority states have long given Russia a special role in the region, but China is a newer player. Although each country has its own independent reasons for engaging economically with southern Europe—for China, it is the destination for its Belt and Road Initiative, while for Russia, the...
PONARS Eurasia 19 Jun 2017
Russia faced a new wave of popular protests on June 12 challenging the political status quo and denouncing widespread corruption. Contrary to what happened during the prior protests on March 27, the Russian government reacted this time by arresting hundreds of people, including Alexey Navalny, and hampering the structuring of street dynamics. Five PONARS Eurasia members, Pavel Baev, Mariya Omelicheva, Graeme Robertson, Tomila Lankina, and...
Sebastien Peyrouse 16 Jun 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Over the past fifteen years, the EU has sought to gain visibility and influence in Central Asia. It has pressed soft power strategies and a values agenda, but mostly has structured its approach along pragmatic lines focusing on economic and security issues. Its policies toward the region take into consideration Russia’s “near abroad” interests, Afghanistan security, drug trafficking, migrants, refugees, and subsoil riches...
PONARS Eurasia 15 Jun 2017
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PONARS Eurasia 15 Jun 2017
(OZY) Picture this: Snow on the ground, laser lights and a faux Russian village, as the bride and groom are carried in a horse-drawn sleigh down the aisle. This is the stuff of royal weddings, pageantry played out for the people, and in Britain or Denmark or Monaco it’d be splashed over the front pages and talked about for weeks. But this snow-globe scene — allegedly the wedding of Vladimir Putin’s daughter Katerina to Kirill Shamalov — can’t...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Jun 2017
(Hromadske) The Ukrainian Parliament has decided to support the country embarking on a course towards joining NATO. 276 deputies voted in favour of a draft law on amendements to some legislative acts regarding Ukraine’s foreign policy on June 8. Hromadske spoke to Oleksandr Sushko, Research Director at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, to find out what this step towards NATO membership means for Ukraine. According to Sushko,...
Andrey Makarychev 12 Jun 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) In the not so distant past, a large segment of scholarship concentrated on the possibility of institutional and normative cooperation between Europe and Russia. In a drastic shift, many academics are now analyzing Russia’s narrative techniques and their impact on EU member state political agendas. Central to the Kremlin’s efforts is the Russian World concept. It is a complex umbrella term encompassing a variety of...

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