Anar Valiyev Anar Valiyev
(PONARS Policy Memo) Over the last ten years, the United States has been gradually disengaging from the South Caucasus. This has tremendously affected the countries of the region, especially Georgia and Azerbaijan. The absence of the United States has left the region looking for alternative...
Dmitry Gorenburg
(WP) Despite Russian urgings, national security adviser John Bolton is insisting that the United States will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The treaty prohibits all short-range and intermediate-range ground-launched missiles, both nuclear and conventional, as well...
PONARS Eurasia
(Eurasianet) A senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump is visiting the Caucasus, where he is expected to try to enlist the region's three governments in Washington's campaign of isolating Iran. But leaders in the Caucasus, wary of confronting Tehran, will likely instead be promoting their own...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) Russian propaganda excels at shifting the blame for every one of the country’s problems—even those caused by bad luck, devastating mismanagement, or natural causes—on to the purported main source of all disasters in the world, the United States. In the first hours after the deadly shooting in...
PONARS Eurasia
(TIME) President Donald Trump revealed Saturday the United States intends to withdraw from a 31-year-old nuclear weapons agreement with Russia, delivering a severe blow to the arms control regime that helped preserve peace since the Cold War. “We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going...
Jesse Driscoll
(UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy) Professor Jesse Driscoll continues to look at how well-functioning domestic hierarchies emerged after relatively short periods of anarchic violence in Tajikistan. This is based on his 2015 book: Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet...
Natalie Koch
(Cornell University Press) Why do autocrats build spectacular new capital cities? In The Geopolitics of Spectacle, Natalie Koch considers how autocratic rulers use "spectacular" projects to shape state-society relations, but rather than focus on the standard approach—on the project itself—she...

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