Dmitry Gorenburg 08 May 2017
(RMR) One more installment. Two sets of slides on missile defense. A Russian language video recording of the entire panel is available, with some of the slides visible in conjunction with the presentation. First, the Russian view, presented by Lt General Viktor Poznikhir, the Vice Chief of the Main Operations Directorate.  See the slides (and related posts from MCIS 2017)  © Russian Military Reform blog
Marlene Laruelle 08 May 2017
France concluded a highly divisive presidential election campaign. Emmanuel Macron (En Marche!) won 66% of the vote against Marine Le Pen (National Front). The campaign will be seen by historians as having expelled in the first round the traditional parties (Les Républicains, Socialist Party). The left-right divide, which is so deeply rooted in French history, became a secondary issue compared to a choice between a centrist, pro-European, and...
PONARS Eurasia 04 May 2017
PONARS Eurasia held a two-day workshop on April 28-29 on the theme of "Rethinking Russian Media Strategy and Influence." Below are the panels and abstracts from April 28. Click here for the panels and abstracts on April 29 (Day 2). Panel 1. Revisiting Russian Media StudiesChair: Peter Rollberg, George Washington University Samuel Greene, King’s College LondonMixed Media, Managed Messages: Elective Affinity and Political Communication In and...
PONARS Eurasia 04 May 2017
PONARS Eurasia held a two-day workshop on April 28-29 on the theme of "Rethinking Russian Media Strategy and Influence." Below are the panels and abstracts from April 29. Click here for the panels and abstracts on April 28 (Day 1). Panel 5. New Approaches in Studying Social MediaChair: Tomila Lankina, London School of Economics and Political Science Sarah Oates, University of MarylandMeme Tracking: A Tool for Detecting and Deterring Russian...
Henry Hale 04 May 2017
(Seminar) Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey. Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. Narendra Modi in India. When leaders with authoritarian inclinations gain power in longtime democracies these days, they are frequently compared with Russia’s President Vladimir V. Putin. In the United States, Donald J. Trump even invited the comparison himself, complimenting the Russian leader during his presidential election campaign as exemplifying strong...
Mikhail Troitskiy 04 May 2017
(ABC Australia) The latest effort to bring peace to Syria has suffered a major setback with the main opposition group walking out of Russian-backed talks, despite Vladmir Putin holding 24 hours of talks with the key players. Beverley O'Connor speaks with political analyst Mikhail Troitskiy. Troitskiy: Russia and Vladimir Putin have already been making some concessions and this talk of safe zones within Syria is one of those concessions. I guess...
Yuriy Matsiyevsky 03 May 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Since Ukraine’s independence, no government in Kyiv has ever completely become authoritarian or democratic. While many states in the region have been seized by authoritarianism, Ukraine has been trapped by political hybridity. Fairly free elections take place and new faces come to power, but informal political practices endure and pyramids of power are re-established. Three years have passed since the Euromaidan, enough...
PONARS Eurasia 03 May 2017
(VOA) U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone Tuesday, their first such conversation since Russia condemned a U.S. military attack against Syria last month in response to a nerve gas attack launched on civilians by Syrian forces. The two leaders discussed the civil war in Syria, as well as the situation with North Korea, according to the White House, which described the conversation as "a very good...

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