PONARS Eurasia
(Gulf News) Russia has reported 2,558 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours [April 13] versus 2,186 mnew cases the previous day. A nationwide vote on April 22 was supposed to finalize sweeping constitutional reforms that would allow him to stay in power until 2036, if he wished. But after the...
Kirill Rogov
(Washington Post) Opinion polls and authoritarian systems don’t go together. However professional or independent the pollster, any results are necessarily skewed as people weigh their responses — especially to questions about the regime — against potential consequences. Political scientists refer ...
Erica Marat
(RFE/RL) Around the world, governments are implementing new rules to counter the spread of the coronavirus. In some cases, there are questions as to whether some of these measures are helping governments gain further control over their populations. In Central Asia, for example, restrictions on...
Maria Snegovaya
(CEPA) Commentators were quick to predict that the pandemic would accelerate the decay of Vladimir Putin’s regime. Others expected a crackdown; public fears are often a pretext for power grabs. Examples of extraordinary powers and the suspension of normal legal protections abound in countries such...
Dinissa DuvanovaDinissa Duvanova
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) In autocratic settings, much of what we know about economic regulation does not explicitly account for the fact that objectives, constraints, and opportunities faced by states, businesses, and bureaucrats are different from those in democracies—even if democratic and...
Volodymyr Dubovyk
(Atlantic Council) As April began, the official number of coronavirus cases in Ukraine continued to rise slowly but surely. While several significant clusters have been identified, the overall outbreak has yet to mirror the scale of the crisis witnessed elsewhere in Europe. Nevertheless, forecasts...
PONARS Eurasia
(VOX) If many people get infected in Moscow, Russia’s showpiece capital, it could ruin the myth of Putin as the country’s protector.  The coronavirus has yet to hit Russia hard. But when it does, as many experts soon expect, it could prove a huge challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin during...
Andrey Makarychev
(NPSA | University of Chicago) The introduction to this symposium opens a discussion on the transformation of the liberal international order through studies of regions located at Europe’s margins, where new dynamics of power relations are on the rise and the appeal of illiberal ideas and forms of...
PONARS Eurasia
(Oxford University Press) We live in a period of great uncertainty about the fate of America's global leadership. Many believe that Donald Trump's presidency marks the end of liberal international order-the very system of global institutions, rules, and values that shaped the American international...
Volodymyr Dubovyk
(Ukraine Analytica) The US remains the only true superpower with a global reach. In reaching out to the Black Sea, the US has a variety of tools and levers: diplomatic, political, economic, and military. It acts here unilaterally and also as a team member. Does the Black Sea area belong to the list...

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