Andrey Makarychev 09 May 2017
This book is an important contribution to the ongoing academic debate on Europe and different modalities of European identity. The authors ventured to look at the concept of Europe from its margins, in some respects continuing the discussion started by constructivist scholars Pertti Joenniemi and Noel Parker. The question they raised about a decade ago — whether Europe can be (re)defined by its non-central actors — seems nowadays even more...
Mariya Omelicheva 09 May 2017
(KU) U.S. grant programs that provided training to international military and civilian personnel since 1995 are tied to fewer conflict-related civilian casualties in foreign countries that were recipients of the U.S. security aid. However, arms-sales programs are ineffective at improving human rights in those countries that purchase U.S. weapons and services, according to a new University of Kansas study. The researchers said the study,...
PONARS Eurasia 09 May 2017
(South China Morning Post) Washington’s plan was underfunded and under-resourced compared with Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road’ scheme. The contrast between Beijing’s and Washington’s support for a revitalised Silk Road could not be clearer. This month’s Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, a gathering of existing and potential stakeholders in China’s trade development initiative, will welcome national leaders including Russia’s Vladimir...
Pavel Baev 09 May 2017
(EDM) On May 9, columns of tanks will roll through the streets of Moscow, followed by S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Arctic camouflage and cyclopean Topol-M inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBM), to parade proudly on Red Square. Similar parades—minus the Topols—will take place across the country, from Vladivostok to illegally annexed Sevastopol, where crowds will additionally rejoice over the third anniversary of “re-joining” Russia. In...
Kimitaka Matsuzato 08 May 2017
(Demokratizatsiya) Between 1997 and 2004, the Party of Regions (POR) became the dominant party in Eastern Ukraine by channeling social discontent to regionalist protests and grabbing the potentially pro-Communist vote. Yet, precisely because of this, the population of Eastern Ukraine lost an outlet for social discontent that it had had during the Communist dominance there in the 1990s. After the Euromaidan Revolution, aware that their position...
PONARS Eurasia 08 May 2017
(APA) A forceful solution to conflicts in the South Caucasus remains, Sergey Markedonov, a Russian political analyst and associate professor at State University for the Humanities based in Moscow (Russia), said in his lecture entitled “Transcaucasia: Are the conflicts over or still ahead?” at the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia. Markedonov said conflicts in the South Caucasus have been overshadowed in recent years,...
Andrey Makarychev 08 May 2017
(Global Affairs) (Co-authored with A. Yatsyk) The article addresses two dimensions of the refugee debate in Estonia – political discourses and cultural representations. The authors specifically focus on distinctions between the mainstream Estonian narrative and that of the Russophone community, as well as on the role of Russia and Europe as two major shapers of the refugee debate. [...] Read More © Global Affairs
PONARS Eurasia 08 May 2017
(Armenpress) In an interview with “Armenpress” Minasyan stated that in its statement the EU reconfirmed that it fully supports the efforts of Armenia and the former and present OSCE chairing countries, Germany and Austria, aimed at ensuring the continuation of the operation of the last OSCE Office in the South Caucasus. “It was mentioned in that statement that Armenia tried to find a solution to that issue by all means. The European Union...

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