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ПОНАРС Евразия 10-28-2020
(Atlantic Council) The new president of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, has come to power in the most unusual circumstances. Kyrgyzstan has faced such extraordinary instability because political leaders had institutional incentives that encouraged corruption. With one six-year term mandated by the constitution, short time horizons meant that presidents prepared for their departure as soon as they came to power. Predatory behavior and corruption on the part of...
ПОНАРС Евразия 10-28-2020
(France 24) Russia's coordinated effort to nudge Americans toward voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election caught social media companies flat-footed and remains a stain on the reputation of Facebook in particular. Four years later, the FBI and other American security officials -- aware of interference but silent last time -- are warning that Russia and Iran are meddling. [...] "What the Russians did in 2016 was show a toolkit, where you...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 10-28-2020
(TRT World) Russia and Turkey face each other on opposing sides over several fronts across Eurasia, from Libya to Syria, and now Azerbaijan, too. Experts say Moscow is hitting Syria's Idlib to gain leverage against Ankara. A Russian aircraft, which symbolises civilian deaths in the Syrian war, appeared in the skies of the country's last opposition stronghold, Idlib, on Monday, hitting a training camp and killing dozens of Turkey-backed opposition forces...
ПОНАРС Евразия 10-26-2020
In this week’s PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Ben Noble (Lecturer at University College London) and Nikolay Petrov (Senior Fellow at Chatham House) about ongoing changes to Russia’s national legislature based on the recently revised constitutional framework, and what these changes portend for the 2021 Duma election....
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ПОНАРС Евразия 10-26-2020
(PONARS Eurasia Podcast) In this week’s PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Ben Noble and Nikolay Petrov about ongoing changes to Russia’s national legislature based on the recently revised constitutional framework, and what these changes portend for the 2021 Duma election. Listen here (Blubrry)     Homepage image credit (license).
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ПОНАРС Евразия 10-26-2020
(RFE/RL) If he wins another four years in the White House in the election on November 3, U.S. President Donald Trump may make a new push to mend Washington's severely strained relations with Moscow, doubling down on an effort that was swiftly stymied after he took office in 2017. Democratic challenger Joe Biden has vowed, if elected, to take a tough stance toward Russia on issues ranging from its human rights record at home to its assertive actions abroad...
ПОНАРС Евразия 10-26-2020
Toward the Rule of Law in Eurasia? Presented as a part of PONARS Eurasia Fridays, an online event series featuring expert discussions on current events in Eurasia each week. Featuring: David Szakonyi (George Washington University) Emilbek Dzhuraev (OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) Ivan Gomza (Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine) Maria Popova (McGill University)...
ПОНАРС Евразия 10-21-2020
(Washington Post) As the coronavirus pandemic surges worldwide once again, some countries that avoided the worst of the first wave have experienced a spike in cases for the first time. The late surges are most acute in parts of Central and Eastern Europe, where countries praised for low case numbers over the summer are grappling with some of the highest rates of infection in the world. Some countries in Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East have...
ПОНАРС Евразия 10-21-2020
(MEMRI) The recent protests in Kyrgyzstan showed the country's dependence on the neighboring PRC [People's Republic of China]. It emerged that during the riots, Chinese business was badly damaged by looters. In the republic with a population of 6 million people, there are about 400 companies, connected one way or another with China. And Russia, it seems, is losing its influence not only in Kyrgyzstan, but also in other republics of Central Asia, note the...
ПОНАРС Евразия 10-21-2020
(Oxford University Press) What explains Putin's enduring popularity in Russia? In The Red Mirror, Gulnaz Sharafutdinova uses social identity theory to explain Putin's leadership. The main source of Putin's political influence, she finds, lies in how he articulates the shared collective perspective that unites many Russian citizens. Under his tenure, the Kremlin's media machine has tapped into powerful group emotions of shame and humiliation - derived from...

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