Sufian Zhemukhov
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, recently visited Karachay-Cherkessia, a Russian republic in the North Caucasus, and met with republican head Rashid Temrezov. I asked three prominent experts to comment on the meeting: Valeriy Dzutsev, North Caucasus analyst - Mahmoud...
Sergey Markedonov
Foreign politicians are infrequent visitors to the North Caucasus. That alone would be sufficient reason to pay attention to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' mid-March visit to the North Caucasian republic of Karachay-Cherkessia. What is the significance of such a visit for Russian domestic and...
Andrey Makarychev
Among all European countries, Germany has the deepest tradition of not only engaging Eastern Europe politically and economically, but also discursively shaping Osteuropa as a region. Russia is a part of this East European imagery, though under different guises. Recently, three different events took...
Ivan Kurilla
While academic plagiarism was not unheard of (or rare) in the Soviet period, it was not as pervasive as it is in contemporary Russia. Plagiarism became especially problematic in the 2000s, as the rapid spread of the Internet made an overwhelming number of academic and popular texts easily...
Andrey Makarychev
Berlin was recently full of posters and billboards announcing a Russian cultural festival, “Wie klingt Russland?” (“How does Russia sound?”), featuring a young lady with her ear to the top half of a Russian matrioshka, the universal signifier of “official” Russian identity. In the meantime, a...
Andrey Makarychev
Rallies for democracy in Russia gather only a small percentage of the population. People can lose interest in democracy. They can (sometimes indirectly) support totalitarian practices or live their own private lives. In this rather sad tone, Professor Artemy Magun began a discussion on “Democracy:...
Henry Hale
Explaining Moldova’s “Twitter Revolution that Wasn’t" by Henry E. Hale George Washington University Introduction In 2009, Moldova experienced a dramatic and violent political upheaval that ousted longtime president Vladimir Voronin’s Communist Party and replaced it with a coalition known as the...

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