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ПОНАРС Евразия 02-18-2020
(War on the Rocks) In January, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that China had developed “a 21st century surveillance state with unprecedented abilities to censor speech and infringe upon basic human rights. Now, it is exporting its facial recognition software and systems abroad.” In remarks at Cornell University in October, Rep. Adam Schiff stated, “China poses perhaps the greatest threat to democracy: developing tools of oppression at home, and...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 02-14-2020
(Russian Analytical Digest) The topic of this issue is ‘Putin‘s Power Games.’ In it, eight authors from different institutions (Jan Matti Dollbaum, Maria Domańska, Vladimir Gel’man, Andrei Kolesnikov, Robert Orttung, Michael Rochlitz, Regina Smyth, and Andrei Yakovlev) comment on the recent and ongoing changes in the government and constitution of Russia. Read More | PDF © Russian Analytical Digest (CSS ETH Zurich)...
ПОНАРС Евразия 02-13-2020
(Nikkei Asia Review) ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took advantage of his visit to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan last week to lambast China over its treatment of its Muslim minorities and reliability as a business partner, but was met with a lukewarm response from the two Central Asian states. Pompeo, who was making the first visit to the region by America's top-ranking diplomat since 2015, apparently left his hosts in Nur-Sultan...
ПОНАРС Евразия 02-13-2020
(abc.net.au) Since his election as US President, Donald Trump has actively undermined the standing of the American-led international order. His criticism of long-term allies, of NATO and other important security relationships and openly siding with authoritarian leaders have been significant. But Alexander Cooley argues in a new book called Exit from Hegemony, that the United States has been unravelling as a global power for some years. (...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 02-13-2020
(Middle East Eye) US economic warfare against Iran gives the most repressive elements of the Iranian regime another lease on life. The clerical government in Iran celebrates another anniversary this week. It’s both an occasion for critics to call attention to the Islamic Republic’s perpetual legitimacy crisis, and for neutral observers to puzzle over the revolutionary government’s tenacity.  Tehran’s opponents are correct in pointing out that its...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 02-13-2020
(News.am) There is no force in Armenia that could seriously resist the authorities’ aspirations, political scientist Alexander Iskandaryan told reporters on Wednesday. According to him, there is no such political force, and this requires appropriate conditions and public demand. [...] Read More © News.am  
ПОНАРС Евразия 02-11-2020
Контрапункт – это журнал о политике и обществе, посвященный, в первую очередь, проблемам России. Журнал публикует на русском языке работы российских и иностранных авторов – академических ученых, экспертов и интеллектуалов, для которых Россия является предметом профессионального интереса. RussCounterpointLogo.jpg     Contents No 1 / Сентябрь 2015: РОССИЯ С КРЫМОМ. ПОЛТОРА ГОДА СПУСТЯ...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 01-28-2020
(Eurasianet) The scandal driving the impeachment proceedings in Washington, in which President Donald Trump stands accused of trying to coerce Ukrainian leaders for his personal political benefit, doesn’t seem to be causing collateral damage to President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. Fresh academic research indicates that public support for Zelensky remains strong. Data compiled in mid-January by a team of scholars, including Jordan Gans-Morse, a political...
ПОНАРС Евразия 01-15-2020
(Defense One Radio) Two years ago, 500 fighters tried to attack a U.S. military outpost in eastern Syria. The U.S. responded with overwhelming force, killing dozens. What happened next? In our latest podcast, we take a closer look at Wagner and Russian private military contractors. "I don’t think we’ll ever know what happened. I think that it’s probably reasonable to suggest that from the perspective of the Russian defense ministry, this is a way of...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 01-13-2020
Understanding Electoral Reform in Ukraine: How to Open Party Lists While Keeping Them Closed? Nazar Boyko January 13, 2020   On December 19th, 2019, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada adopted the long-expected Electoral Code, with 330 out of 423 MPs voting positively. Shortly after, it was signed by the president. On January 1, 2020, it took effect. The key feature of the Code is a substantive change of electoral rules for parliamentary elections:...

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