Sufian Zhemukhov 15 Dec 2016
(RAD) Abstract: Following the election of Donald Trump as president of the US, the Kremlin officially announced its conditions for improving relations between the two countries, including demands that it did not make to the previous administration. It seems that the Kremlin believes that Trump painted himself into a corner with his promises “to get along with Russia,” and Putin intends to take advantage of the situation. Read More © Russian...
Robert Orttung 15 Dec 2016
(RAD) Abstract: Russia played an unusually large role in the chaotic 2016 American presidential election. President Vladimir Putin was an object of debate between the two candidates, while the Russian government was seen as intervening in the election. Russia’s purpose likely was not to support either of the candidates, but to undermine the legitimacy of American democracy. Read More © Russian Analytical Digest
PONARS Eurasia 14 Dec 2016
(CBC) Mitch McConnell should have known. And, well, there's a chance he did — possibly even months before the presidential election. As the Senate majority leader announced Monday that a bipartisan panel would investigate Russia's suspected meddling in the U.S. election, the timing of his principled call for a review seemed a bit rich to some observers. [...] Meanwhile, Trump continues to publicly discredit the intelligence apparatus he's about...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Dec 2016
(Fusion) Seemingly every week a big news item draws attention to the close relationship between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia. With the announcement that Trump is nominating ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state—someone with a historically close working relationship with Russia—this week is no different. [...] According to Robert Orttung, a professor of international affairs at George Washington University, Russia’s...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Dec 2016
(VOA) President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Monday that he would announce his choice for secretary of state this morning. Several news U.S. organizations – most citing anonymous sources within Trump's transition team – report Trump plans to name ExxonMobil chairman and chief executive officer Rex Tillerson. The notion that Tillerson will get the nod was further bolstered when Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the 2012 Republican...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Dec 2016
(Newswise) A West Virginia University political science professor says Donald Trump’s campaign ties to Russian interests should raise red flags. The Republican presidential nominee appeared to call on Russian officials in July to find his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s emails and release them. “I cannot recall any modern presidential campaign in which a candidate suggested that a foreign government, or foreign interests, should actively...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Dec 2016
(PolitiFact) Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee and President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff, tried in an interview on Meet the Pressto dismiss news reports that the CIA believes Russia aimed to boost Trump’s election chances. [...] "The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Dec 2016
(AAAS) Leaders of authoritarian regimes in Central Asia have been able to use rhetoric to define their power as legitimate to the public despite practices of human rights violations and clamping down on dissent, according to a new study by a University of Kansas expert on international relations. "Those governments have been fairly effective in mobilizing public support through discourse that has shaped the public's understanding of what it...

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