PONARS Eurasia
(Point & Counterpoint) In the summer of 1996, President Boris Yeltsin, who had just been reelected for a second term, commissioned a group of Russian intellectuals to design a new national idea for the country. It was a virtually impossible task: putting together a set of ideals and values and...
PONARS Eurasia
(CSIS/PONARS Eurasia) China’s rise in the Indo-Pacific is discussed often but what about its growing influence in Eurasia? What political and economic roles does China play in the region and what are the implications? CSIS and George Washington University’s Program on New Approaches to Research...
PONARS Eurasia
(Russia Matters) This fall, Central Asia’s richest country was shaken yet again, on at least two separate occasions, by anti-government protests with decidedly anti-Chinese sentiments. Local unease with Beijing’s intentions and investments—which have ballooned to tens of billions of dollars ...
PONARS Eurasia
(EDM) Moscow’s vaunted “pivot to the East” did not begin when Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012. Instead, it dates back to late 2006, when he ordered the development of the Russian Far East and Siberia. Others may prefer to believe it began with then-president Dmitry Medvedev’s...
Volodymyr Dubovyk
The last few months have been, perhaps, the most tested time of US-Ukraine relations in history. Presidents Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskiy have been confronting the release of the transcript of their July phone call and had a tense and awkward meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA meeting in...
Alexandra Yatsyk Alexandra Yatsyk
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Poland will hold general elections on October 13, 2019. Recent exit polls suggest that the ruling right-wing, conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party will maintain its dominant position. A key aspect to unravel is the indirect impact of Russia on the Polish political...
Scott Radnitz
(Monkey Cage blog) The House of Representatives is investigating President Trump’s alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine’s government to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, one of Trump’s potential rivals in the 2020 presidential election. Research suggests that incumbent presidents generally have a modest...
Mikhail Alexseev
(Monkey Cage blog) Russian state-controlled television has been extensively covering the news that President Trump allegedly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate the son of former vice president Joe Biden, who is leading in polls for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential primaries. The...
PONARS Eurasia
(PRIO) In the late 1980s, when I took part in drafting speeches for Mikhail Gorbachev underpinning his concept of an All-European House, one part of my work was to strive towards the elimination of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Nothing came out of it at the time. Now, after more than 25 years...

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