Timothy Frye
(Monkey Cage blog) This week, Russian news reported that trust in President Vladimir Putin fell to its lowest level in 13 years. Or did it? A monthly poll collected by the Kremlin-friendly polling organization WCIOM has long asked Russians, “Among politicians, who would you trust and who would you...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) Russian diplomacy is well known for its apparent readiness to engage with all parties to the multiple conflicts in the Middle East, and this characteristic has recently produced another awkward tangle of opportunistic intrigues. President Vladimir Putin fancies himself a master of...
Yuri Zhukov
(Journal of Peace Research | Co-authored with Christian Davenport and Nadiya Kostyuk) Abstract: Researchers today have access to an unprecedented amount of geo-referenced, disaggregated data on political conflict. Because these new data sources use disparate event typologies and units of analysis...
PONARS Eurasia
(The Diplomat) As Kazakhstan undergoes its first power transition, the awakening of public politics is inevitable. It’s been a wild few months for Kazakh politics, starting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s resignation on March 19 and interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s decision a few...
Sergei Medvedev Sergei Medvedev
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Over the past decade, one of the key aspects of Russian politics has been the increased interference of the state in the private lives of the population. All sorts of controls have been applied about sexuality, reproduction, retirement, eating and drinking, hygiene,...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) In key global debates, Russia’s voice has been uncharacteristically timid lately, and various Russian domestic controversies are developing without the usual heavy-handed interference from the Kremlin—almost as if President Vladimir Putin has lost interest in the affairs of state. Such local...
Alexander Cooley
(Security Studies) Abstract: Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the post-Communist states were integrated at light speed into the organizations, institutions, and norms of the liberal international order. During the 1990s, Western regional organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and...
PONARS Eurasia
(WP) In these times of growing authoritarianism, it is worth taking note when people fight back. Two recent events in Russia show that despite President Vladimir Putin’s intolerance for dissent, there are moments when people are willing to speak up, strongly. In Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-...
PONARS Eurasia
(Point & Counterpoint) A Levada Center poll on the perception of Stalin taken in April has created an emotionally charged public debate. Maria Lipman discusses the causes and substance of the controversy surrounding the Center's survey with Maxim Trudolyubov, Kennan Institute senior advisor and...

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