Kimberly Marten
(Post-Soviet Affairs) Abstract: This article provides a definitive, in-depth case-study, using primarily Russian sources, of Russia’s use of the informal “Wagner Group” private military company (PMC) and its antecedents (from 2012 to 2018) in Nigeria, Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, and...
Guzel Yusupova
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Setting aside debates over how ethnocentric Russia’s contemporary nation-building strategy is and whether this strategy began before or after Putin, it is important to consider the effects of this strategy on Russian society.[1] How is the increasingly ethnicized,...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The conclusion of the 22-month-long investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller and the presentation of his report to United States Attorney General William Barr is certain to capture prime international attention for weeks to come—and to directly impact on many global points of tension....
PONARS Eurasia
By Tymofii Brik, Kyiv School of Economics “Right now, who could you say is more likely to win… than Yulia Tymoshenko?” - Keith Darden, CSIS Panel, 12/3/2018 Many researchers and pundits have tried to predict the most likely winner of the Ukrainian presidential elections. The key words in Keith...
PONARS Eurasia
(Bloomberg) The gloves are well and truly off in Ukraine’s presidential election. While the first of two spots in an almost certain runoff next month looks wrapped up, a battle for the other is raging between incumbent Petro Poroshenko and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Accusations are flying...
Anna Sanina Anna Sanina
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Patriotism in Russia is deeply rooted in the Soviet era and communist doctrines. It is the cornerstone of the country’s identity, national security, military manifestation, and the “openness” or “closeness” of its society to the world. Not surprisingly, the Russian...

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