This collection of policy memos is an accompanying volume to the 2013 annual conference of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), held at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs on September 23-24, 2013. The twenty-eight contributions cover a variety of topics, including strategies and structures of rule in Vladimir Putin’s third presidential term; the motivations and mechanisms of protest in Russia today; Russian relations with the EU, NATO, Iran, and China; the politics of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games; the future of the EU-Russia common neighborhood; the future of Russian energy; and the need for a new agenda for Central Asia after 2014.
We know you will find these policy perspectives informative and thought-provoking. Many individuals were instrumental in the production of this volume, as well as the organization of the 2013 PONARS Eurasia Policy Conference. In addition to all authors and conference participants, we would like to especially thank Managing Editor Alexander Schmemann; Program Coordinator Olga Novikova; Graduate Research Assistants Julian Waller and Daniel Heintz; IERES Executive Associate Caitlin Katsiaficas; and IERES Director Peter Rollberg.
PONARS Eurasia is a network of over 90 academics, mainly from North America and post-Soviet Eurasia, who advance new policy approaches to research and security in Russia and Eurasia. Its core missions are to connect scholarship to policy on and in Russia and Eurasia and to foster a community, especially of mid-career and rising scholars, committed to developing policy-relevant and collaborative research.
PONARS Eurasia, together with the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, expresses its deep appreciation to the International Program of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for their support.