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...
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...

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