13 May 2013
PONARS Eurasia members discuss the Russian Duma's “foreign agent” NGO law and references to the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA; 1938). The FARA database can be searched here: http://www.fara.gov/quick-search.html U.S. embassy overview about FARA and U.S. laws on NGO foreign funding:...
13 May 2013
There has been a certain uptick of information in the Russian and western media about recent Russian military activities in the North and South Caucasus. Russia’s air force, Black Sea fleet, 102nd Russian regiment (based in Armenia), as well as its 4th (in South Ossetia) and 7th (in Abkhazia) held...
09 May 2013
May 9 is Victory Day for Russia and Europe Day for the EU. These continental celebrations, however, form an indicative illustration of how far away from each other Moscow and Brussels are – not only symbolically, but politically as well. While Russia celebrates its past military strength, Europe...
08 May 2013
In my book, The Politics of Nation-Building, I explore the reasons behind a state’s choice to assimilate, accommodate, or exclude ethnic groups within its territory. I develop a theory that focuses on the international politics of nation-building arguing that a state’s nation-building policies...
07 May 2013
In the aftermath of the public protests that accompanied the 2011–12 Russian electoral season, the topic of civil society in Russia returned to a level of prominence it had not had in Russia since the immediate aftermath of the period of mass protest that brought down the Soviet government in the...
06 May 2013
A U.S. Air Force tanker plane crashed in northern Kyrgyzstan on Friday, May 3, less than ten minutes after take-off from the Manas Transit Center near Bishkek. The KC-135 plane was bound to Afghanistan with reportedly about 60 (possibly 90) tons of fuel to support operations in Afghanistan. Little...
03 May 2013
During the days when the global media was covering the perplexing events and exploring the North Caucasian roots of the terroristic acts in Boston, another remarkable and somewhat neglected event happened in the North Caucasus. A Chechen state paramilitary group attempted to enter Ingushetia but...
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