PONARS Eurasia
(Meduza) There is little debate among experts that the Russian state, despite the preservation of its democratic Constitution, has been authoritarian in essence for several years already. A decade ago, some observers still clung to the idea that a thaw was possible, but few today anticipate any...
Andrey Makarychev
(Contemporary Italian Politics) (Co-authored with George Spencer Terry) Abstract: This article seeks to tackle two interrelated issues. First, it explains the nature of the mutual affection of the right wing of Italian politics – exemplified by the Lega – and the Kremlin. Concomitantly, we explore...
PONARS Eurasia
(VOA) While the international attention on China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang has focused mainly on ethnic and religious issues, Beijing’s economic development plans in the strategic region also play a key role in shaping the conflict, some experts and observers say. [...] According to...
Adam StulbergJonathan Darsey
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Western sanctions on Russia have failed demonstratively to secure Moscow’s formal compliance with stated objectives. Both sides seem worlds apart in their expectations and approaches; expert communities and policymakers have embraced fundamentally different...
Tomila Lankina
(Post-Soviet Affairs) (Co-authored with Katerina Tertytchnaya) A growing literature explores the causes and consequences of dramatic political protests in autocracies. Yet, we know comparatively little about other forms of protests in these regimes. The Lankina Russian Protest-Event Dataset (...
Anar Valiyev
(NYU Jordan Center) In 2009, Azerbaijan and five other former Soviet republics signed Eastern Partnership initiative with the European Union. This agreement marked the beginning of a new era of cooperation between these countries and the Union. Even as each member state has pursued its own...
Volodymyr KulykVolodymyr Kulyk
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) How have academics named and framed the conflict in the Donbas and what are the implications of their studies on Western policy toward Ukraine and Russia? In order to understand these subtleties, I examined English-language, academic journal articles covering the Donbas...
Marlene Laruelle
(Springer) (Co-authored by Sergei Samoilenko) This chapter examines character assassination as a set of strategies used by conflicting parties in international affairs. Specifically, it views character assassination as strategic communication embedded in the context of political standoff. Mass...
PONARS Eurasia
(Mirror Spectator) Statements were issued and news appeared which indicated that the ministers had been spinning their wheels, as usual. The ministers have made contradictory statements while the OSCE statement has tried to paper over the differences, counting among their contributions to the...

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