Serghei Golunov 11 Aug 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Russian-EU relations have dramatically worsened since Russia’s involvement in Ukrainian affairs in 2014. Mutual mistrust and suspicion have rapidly increased and many cooperative efforts have been canceled. Russia-NATO tensions have escalated and each side has sanctioned the other while the Russian economy has faltered. What have been the precise effects of these dynamics on the Russian-EU borderland regions? Which spheres...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Aug 2017
(National Interest) If the United States decides to attempt to shoot down future North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests using the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, it is likely that Russia’s early warning system will not mistake the interceptors for a potential nuclear attack. That does not address the question of if the United States genuinely has the capability to intercept a North Korean ICBM—and many critics...
Kornely Kakachia 08 Aug 2017
(Caucasus Analytical Digest) The relationship between religion and politics continues to be an important theme disputed and interpreted differently amongst politicians and scholars. The same is true for the relationship between democracy and religion. While there is no general consensus about the topic, everyone realizes the importance of the debates between religion and democracy. As former British Prime Minister Tony Blair eloquently noted, “...
Dmitry Gorenburg 08 Aug 2017
(National Interest) The Zapad-2017 military exercise that will take place in September in Russia and Belarus has already begun to draw attention in the Western press. In recent days, media outlets have published somewhat panicked accounts about the unprecedented numbers of Russian troops conducting drills on the borders of vulnerable eastern European countries like Poland and Lithuania. Others are arguing that once Russian troops enter Belarus...
Kimitaka Matsuzato 07 Aug 2017
As a result of the Aigun (1858) and Beijing Treaties (1860) Russia had become a participant in international relations of Northeast Asia, but historiography has underestimated the presence of Russia and the USSR in this region. This collection elucidates how Russia's expansion affected early Meiji Japan's policy towards Korea and the late Qing Empire's Manchurian reform. Russia participated in the mega-imperial system of transportation and...
Volodymyr Dubovyk 07 Aug 2017
Donald Trump has been the president of the United States for half a year. Over this time, observers have been trying to see through the cloud of his often controversial and conflicting statements at what might constitute his true vision of international relations. Trump’s recent speech in Warsaw was the best window into his outlook. Although he provided some good answers, the feeling after the speech was that now we have more questions than...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Aug 2017
(Wharton Business Radio) New Russian Sanctions with Rudra Sil, Richard Connolly, and Andrew Kuchins. A bill has been passed on new tougher sanctions on Russia. Moscow is warning retaliation against Washington and the move has been criticized by the European Union. Rudra Sil, SAS Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Richard Connolly, Director of the Centre for Russian,...
PONARS Eurasia 03 Aug 2017
(VOA) WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law a sanctions bill he declared is “significantly flawed,” with “clearly unconstitutional provisions.” The bill, aimed at penalizing Moscow for its interference in last year’s U.S. election, imposes fresh sanctions on Russia as well as Iran and North Korea. It also restricts the president’s authority to lift the sanctions without consulting Congress. [...] The president’s...

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