PONARS Eurasia 01 Jun 2017
(Eurasianet) Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries, thus making it look good on the regional freedom charts. But its eagerness to stay on good terms with authoritarian-minded neighbors like Azerbaijan and Turkey appears to be having a negative impact on Tbilisi’s rights record. In its increasingly aggressive campaign against critical journalists, the Azerbaijani government...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Jun 2017
(USC Institute of Armenian Studies) One of Russia’s leading Caucasus experts, associate professor at the Russian State University for Humanities and an expert at the Russian Council for International Affairs, Sergey Markednov (SM) discussed Russian policies with the Focus on Karabakh editor Emil Sanamyan (ES). ES: In many respects, the year 2008 became a watershed moment for the Russian policies in the Caucasus, how would you describe the...
Elizabeth Wishnick 30 May 2017
(China-US Focus) The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States at first seemed likely to rearrange the U.S.-Russia-China strategic triangle.  If you remember your geometry lessons, we now have an isosceles triangle—China occupies the pivotal position at the top and has better relations with both Russia and the United States than they have with each other.  Initially it appeared that the new Administration aimed to create a more...
(Monkey Cage) (Co-authored by D. Gjukovikj)  A series of dramatic events have been unfolding in the small and historically peaceful Balkan country of Macedonia. Although these events have received much less international attention than Brexit, French elections or even the Eurovision contest, they have significant implications for the rest of Europe and should garner greater attention. Here’s the background Macedonia is one of the states that...
PONARS Eurasia 30 May 2017
(Sean's Russia Blog) How does politics in Eurasia really work? Henry Hale warns against overly simplistic interpretations of post-Soviet politics, such as writing Russia off as a dictatorship where nothing matters but Putin’s will. Instead, one must understand the specific social context in which he and other successful Eurasian leaders operate and the complex political considerations they must balance.  Hale: "I started to see these cycles of...
Sergey Minasyan 26 May 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Since the first days of Armenia’s independence, one of its top foreign policy priorities has been the European dimension. At the same time, Russia has always held a large role in South Caucasus politics, especially in Armenia, affecting Yerevan’s relations with Brussels. Once the Ukraine conflict erupted and Russia-West relations dramatically worsened, Armenia’s cooperation with Europe stalled. However, as has often been...
Andrey Makarychev 26 May 2017
(3DCFTAs) Abstract: A general and strategic effect of EU’s Association Agreements and DCFTAs with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine has been the extension of the concept of Europe and its wider opening to neighborhoods and margins. It is on this basis that a European normative order can be differentiated from both the ‘Russian world’ and Eurasian geopolitical space. However this paper argues that the process of association is not a unilateral move,...
Dmitry Gorenburg 26 May 2017
(RMR blog) In what seems to have become an annual tradition, I was on the Blog Talk Radio show Midrats this week, talking about the Russian military, Russian political developments, Russian relations with the United States and China, and the like. The recording is now available on the show’s website. The show description is as follows: Episode 385: Springtime for Russia? To say that the profile of Russia since the American elections last fall...

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