Posts by PONARS Eurasia

ПОНАРС Евразия 02-24-2021
(Stanford FSI) In her new book, “Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order,” Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) Deputy Director and Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner argues that Russia is more than a regional power and that its international reach and influence — while in no way as extensive as that of the Soviet Union — are far more significant than often realized. In a discussion with FSI Director Michael McFaul,...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 02-18-2021
(Brookings) The United States should retain a stake in the international management of the Libyan conflict for many reasons, and one of them is that Russia is deeply engaged. Moscow is pretending to act as a key peace-promoter, but in fact is acting as a spoiler. For President Vladimir Putin, Gadhafi’s horrible end remains a recurrent reminder of the risk of violent uprisings, which was allowed to materialize in 2011 by the bad decision of then-president...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 02-16-2021
Join us for a book launch featuring new books from Evgeny Finkel, Scott Gehlbach, Bryn Rosenfeld, and David Szakonyi. In Reform and Rebellion in Weak States, Evgeny Finkel and Scott Gehlbach emphasize that, especially in weak states, reform often must be implemented by local actors with a stake in the status quo. In this setting, the promise of reform represents an implicit contract against which subsequent implementation is measured. In The Autocratic...
ПОНАРС Евразия 02-16-2021
In this week's PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Andrei Soldatov and Tanya Lokot about the role of the internet in contemporary Russian politics, including both as a tool of the Russian opposition and as an instrument of the increasingly repressive Russian regime. Listen © Blubrry Blubrry1.png
ПОНАРС Евразия 02-07-2021
(Wall Street Journal) MOSCOW—The jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny last month galvanized the biggest popular protests in Russia in nearly a decade, as his supporters were joined across the country by average Russians upset with falling living standards and shrinking political freedoms. But Mr. Navalny’s allies have scrapped further protests following the detention of more than 6,000 in the recent demonstrations as well as police violence against...
ПОНАРС Евразия 02-04-2021
(Slate) “This is not a sentence against him, but against all of us.” That’s how Ilya Klishin, a prominent Russian former journalist, described a Moscow court’s ruling yesterday sentencing opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison for nearly three years. Though widely expected, it still sent shockwaves through the country’s politically engaged liberal class, drawing comparisons to the historic 2003 jailing of ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once...
ПОНАРС Евразия 02-04-2021
(U.S. News & World Report) The top U.S. military official for Europe on Wednesday expressed concern that Russian President Vladimir Putin may attempt to spur another crisis abroad as a way to distract from the mounting political pressure at home – a fear analysts say has become all the more potent as supporters of now-imprisoned dissident Alexei Navalny set their sights on the Russian leader's control over the levers of power. [...] "There are some...
ПОНАРС Евразия 02-01-2021
(PONARS Eurasia and IERES) On January 6, 2021, protestors carried out a violent attack at the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn Donald Trump's defeat in the 2020 United States presidential elections. In this upcoming PONARS Eurasia event, scholars from across the United States and Eurasia will explore how the recent storming of the US Capitol was viewed from Eurasia, and what comparisons with Eurasia can teach us about American democracy. Featuring:...
ПОНАРС Евразия 01-27-2021
(Washington Post) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime has started to rely more on repression as a central tool, culminating in the arrest of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny and Saturday’s crackdown on protesters. It’s not unusual for autocratic regimes to coerce protesters, arrest political opponents and harass potential critics. [...] However, the mix of these ingredients has changed over time. Russian political scientist Vladimir...
ПОНАРС Евразия 01-22-2021
(AP) The return to Russia from Germany by opposition leader Alexei Navalny was marked by chaos and popular outrage, and it ended, almost predictably, with his arrest. The Jan. 17 flight from Berlin, where Navalny spent nearly five months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning, carried him and his wife, along with a group of journalists documenting the journey. But the plane was diverted from its intended airport in Moscow to another one in the capital in...

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