Scott Radnitz
(The Guardian) Did the virus originate in a US weapons lab, or is it a plot to destabilise Iran? The ‘infection’ of social media by these stories is a deliberate strategy. As coronavirus continues to spread and scientists project how many people are likely to be infected, there has been much talk...
PONARS Eurasia
(The National Interest) The impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives have demonstrated  a near-unanimous consensus among Washington experts and politicians regarding Ukraine policy, best expressed in the closing remarks of Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.): “We should care about Ukraine. We...
PONARS Eurasia
(Global Voices) Well into the new year, many Georgians believe that their government isn't keeping its resolutions. Recently, those who demand that this October's parliamentary elections be “more democratic” have had two venues to engage with the ruling party. They can either attend roundtable...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The Kremlin did not utter even one word to mark the fifth anniversary of the high-profile murder that happened right under the walls of the seat of power in Russia. Boris Nemtsov, a joyful and charismatic leader of the democratic opposition, was shot as he walked along a bridge connected to...
Harris Mylonas
(globalcit.eu) Alan Gamlen has written an ambitious and insightful book on the emergence and spread of diaspora management institutions. The empirical puzzle that motivates this book is the slow spread of diaspora institutions up until the 1990s and their lightning-speed-spread since 2005. The...
PONARS Eurasia
(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...
Ivan Kurilla
(Riddle) Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has been traversing its own, often difficult, path towards independent development. Over the past thirty years, Russian society and the country’s elites have performed many tests, making many mistakes along the way. From today’s vantage point...
Samuel Greene
(Moscow-On-Thames) It’s been a while since a major Putin policy address has been anything other than boring. Not today. Today, Putin proposed a radical reshaping of Russia’s political system. Kind of.  Notwithstanding all of the various socio-economic and foreign policy statements (most of which...
PONARS Eurasia
(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...
Farid Guliyev
(IWPR) Azerbaijan’s much-vaunted government reforms have appeared to gather pace in recent months.  Last autumn’s government reshuffle saw veteran apparatchiks replaced by young, often Western-educated officials. Notably, the influential presidential chief-of-staff Ramiz Mehdiyev was demoted,...

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