Arkady Moshes Ryhor Nizhnikau
(PONARS Policy Memo) After the collapse of the USSR, Ukraine and Belarus pursued competing strategies in their relations with Russia. The question was whether a drift away from Russia, as in Ukraine’s case, or a close alliance with it, as in Belarus’s case, would eventually provide more favorable...
Samuel Greene
(IISS) Having signed on for another six years of Putin, are Russians feeling a bit of buyer’s remorse? His options for tackling the country’s stagnation are limited, and none of them are good, argues Sam Greene. Six months into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most recent term in office, the...
Robert Orttung
Robert Orttung, the chair of the panel, "Islamic Politics in the North Caucasus: Regional Diversification, Diaspora, and Secular Intervention," at the 2018 ASEEES Annual Convention, Boston, MA, made a statement, on December 6th, 2018, about Matthew Hedges, a member of the panel who was not able to...
Sergiy Kudelia
(Presidential Power) Since November 28, 2018 ten oblasts (provinces) in Ukraine have been operating under the provisions of the ‘martial law.’ President Petro Poroshenko introduced it in response to violent seizure of 3 Ukraine military vessels and arrest of 24 sailors by Russian coast guard ships...
Marlene Laruelle
(Russia Matters) In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s famous Munich speech took stock of what Russia considered the failure of the post-Cold War détente with the West, specifically NATO’s eastward expansion and a European security architecture that excluded Russia. Today, almost 12 years...
Mark Kramer Mark Kramer
(PONARS Policy Memo) After the Soviet Union broke apart, the Russian government fought two highly destructive wars against insurgents in Chechnya—in 1994-1996 and in 1999-2009. Both wars caused immense bloodshed, dislocation, and property damage. The first war ended in a humiliating setback for the...
Mikhail Alexseev Mikhail Alexseev
(PONARS Policy Memo) Whereas it is hard to imagine the Donbas retuning fully to Ukraine’s control without Russia ending its multi-year military and economic backing of the separatist entities there, the question of the region’s reintegration is highly prevalent in Ukraine’s political and social...

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