14 Jun 2013
In the five years of Anatoly Serdyukov’s tenure as defense minister, the Russian military underwent one of the most significant reforms of any period since the formation of the modern Soviet Army during and immediately after World War II. As part of this reform, the military shed most of its Soviet...
14 Jun 2013
One of the consequences of Russia’s recent political foment has been a phenomenon experts have labeled “nationalization of the elites.” The goal of the policy, which Vladimir Putin launched soon after his return to the presidency, was to reduce the odds that public servants and politicians would...
14 Jun 2013
From time to time, Russian authorities appeal to Western experience for different reasons. While they sometimes do this to signal the need to adopt advanced managerial or other best practices, in many cases they employ such references to neutralize Western criticism and justify undemocratic (and...
13 Jun 2013
The first European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) gave a comprehensive view of the state of the discipline, with 14 sessions running in parallel and 200 researchers participating. Global governance is still on the top of the research agenda, despite the progressing fragmentation of the...
10 Jun 2013
At the end of May, I spent a week in Moscow doing some research on various topics. Although it wasn't the central focus of my interviews, I took the opportunity to discuss the state of the Russian military with several scholars and journalists. What follows is a brief summary of my impressions from...
07 Jun 2013
Said Amirov, 59, the mayor of Dagestan’s capital Makhachkala was arrested on June 1, 2013, and accused of the murder of Arsen Gajibekov, the head of a district investigative committee. Ten more people have been arrested as accomplices, including Amirov's nephew. Experts label Amirov as the second...
06 Jun 2013
Semioticians probably have the best sense of humor among all social scientists. Those who think that the hegemonic discourse in today's Russia is boring are wrong. Some of its segments are quite hilarious and facetious. The key figures in Moscow provide many reasons for irony. For example, the...
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