Samuel Greene 17 Jan 2017
(CPS) (Co-authored with Graeme Robertson) Abstract: Personality research is a growing field in political behavior, but most research to date is confined to democracies. We expand the scope to Russia, an authoritarian regime, and find that the impact of personality is substantial but different from the existing literature. We find that agreeableness, a personality trait associated with a desire to maintain positive relations with others that is...
Mikhail Troitskiy 17 Jan 2017
From an historical perspective, two challenges have been making U.S.-Russia cooperative relations difficult. One challenge has to do with the actions of both sides. The other challenge involves how they describe what is going on in their relations. ​The first (practical) challenge is that the United States and Russia have found it difficult or unnecessary to signal mutual intentions and have maintained uncertainty about those intentions. On one...
PONARS Eurasia 17 Jan 2017
(WSJ) As the U.S., U.K. and others hit pause on globalization, China is flexing its economic muscle with an ambitious infrastructure-building spree that would connect up to a third of the world’s people. In recent years, Beijing has set up a range of institutions and groupings that are being mobilized to promote China’s interests. [...] Mr. Xi’s—and China’s—biggest calling card is the mega-infrastructure Silk Road initiative, also known in...
PONARS Eurasia 15 Jan 2017
(Washington Post) They’re resetting expectations in Russia for a reboot of relations with the United States. It wasn’t that long ago that Russia’s establishment was reveling in President-elect Donald Trump’s victory. That enthusiasm has cooled drastically over the steady drumbeat of bad news coming from Washington. There was Trump’s acknowledgment of the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic...
Mark Kramer 13 Jan 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) The release on January 6 of an unclassified version of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s report describing efforts by Russian security services to influence last year’s U.S. presidential campaign in favor of Donald Trump evoked a sense of deja vu. Despite the advent of cyberwarfare, the Russian government’s attempts to sway the U.S. election in 2016 were strikingly reminiscent of Soviet “active measures” during the Cold War...
Joshua Tucker 12 Jan 2017
(WP) On Tuesday, news broke—in rather sensational fashion—that U.S. intelligence agencies had briefed both President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on the possibility that Russia possesses compromising information on Trump. While questions continue to swirlabout the veracity of this (and other) claims in the “Trump Dossier,” as David Filipov and Andrew Roth have pointed out here at The Washington Post, the idea that Russia could have...
PONARS Eurasia 10 Jan 2017
(NYTimes) Spies are usually thought of as bystanders who quietly steal secrets in the shadows. But the Russian versions, schooled in techniques used during the Cold War against the United States, have a more ambitious goal — shaping, not just snooping on, the politics of a nation that the Soviet-era K.G.B. targeted as the “main adversary.” That at least is the conclusion of a declassified report released on Friday that outlines what America’s...
Robert Orttung 06 Jan 2017
(GW Food Institute) Ukrainian chickens have been laying large numbers of eggs in one of the bright spots of the country’s post-Soviet economy, but geopolitics is blocking their sale in nearby markets. Agriculture could help the struggling country protect the gains of its recent revolutions and build a liberal democracy at a time when many established democracies are backsliding. Ukraine’s recent history has been turbulent. Twenty-five years ago...

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