Pavel Baev
(EDM) Something quite extraordinary happened in Russia last week: a loud public outcry forced the authorities to set free Ivan Golunov, an investigative journalist crudely framed by the police for drug possession. Neither the motley crowd of activists who joined ranks in protest against this...
PONARS Eurasia
(Forbes) It’s probably safe to say that few would equate Kazakhstan (KZ) with the kind of modernity akin to something straight out of a science fiction novel. Two years ago, following their hosting of the World Fair dedicated to Future Energy in the capital Astana (renamed Nur-Sultan), Kazakhstan...
Mariya Omelicheva
(CSCE) The Kremlin actively seeks to present Russia as a global leader in the practice of counterterrorism and countering extremism. However, Moscow’s policies and practices in this area may be problematic at best and counterproductive at worst. Witnesses—Mariya Omelicheva, Rachel Denber, and...
Jason Strakes
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) As one of the most intractable and tendentious issues in post-Soviet affairs, the enduring rivalry between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh subregion presents scholars of international relations with a certain challenge. It is widely recognized...
PONARS Eurasia
Point & Counterpoint is a non-ideological, online forum for all who want to know more about Russia and the region. It gives the floor to experts to share their insights into the most important political, social, economic, and cultural developments. This includes in-depth analyses, interviews,...
PONARS Eurasia
(Eurasianet) The results of Kazakhstan’s presidential election pose a puzzle. Both for the government and its opponents. As anticipated, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ran away with the vote. Preliminary results announced on the morning of June 10 showed him getting 70.8 percent of ballots cast. His nearest...
PONARS Eurasia
(FP) NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan—For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has a new president. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the interim president and hand-picked successor of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Central Asian country’s longtime autocrat, confirmed his position on Sunday in...
Timothy Frye
(WP Global Opinions) From Venezuela to Syria to Ukraine, Moscow is playing an assertive role in global affairs. Observers often give Vladimir Putin the credit for bringing Russia “back” as a force to be reckoned with on the international stage — despite his country’s acknowledged weakness. Former U...
Samuel Greene
(Social Research) Abstract: It Seems odd to speak of transition in Russia. The problem is not just with the term itself, loaded as it is with normative expectations that Russia and its neighbors, having thrown off a seemingly unnatural system of governance, would inevitably converge to the...

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