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PONARS Eurasia 28 Mar 2016
(Book Review) How Powerful Are Global Indicators? Statistical indicators are more influential than ever before. The Economist provided one recent overview of the power of indicators in a report entitled “How to lie with indices,” and Alexander Cooley and Jack Snyder give a similar motivation and justification for their edited volume Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance. There are more numbers and they are having...
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PONARS Eurasia 10 Mar 2016
(The Diplomat) Announced in 2013 on a stage at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the land-based portion of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative (the Silk Road Economic Belt) traces a line through Central Asia. The Chinese are far from the first to brand cross-regional trade visions under the Silk Road banner — although, as several speakers at a recent workshop hosted by George...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Jan 2016
(Europe Online) Russia is withdrawing support for the conflict in eastern Ukraine and redirecting its attention toward Syria in an effort to resuscitate its economy and rebuild ties with the West on its own terms, experts say. Russia‘s rouble is weak. The country‘s main export, oil, is worth less than half what it was two years ago. State companies and banks continue to bear the burden of Western sanctions imposed as punishment for...
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PONARS Eurasia 06 Nov 2015
(RFE/RL) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just wrapped up a trip through Central Asia that was aimed at reassuring the leaders of five states that U.S. support will continue, even as security concerns in the region rise. Kerry's trip signals the start of a "post-Afghanistan relationship" with the U.S., whose withdrawal of most troops from the country will diminish its dependence on the military support and supply routes that it...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Oct 2015
(RT) Competition between the world’s largest powers for influence in Central Asia is seen as the new Great Game of the 21st century. But with the weakening of security in the region and the strengthening of authoritarian regimes as a result, is it time to change the rules of the game? Oksana is joined by Alexander Cooley, a professor of Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European studies and Director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute, to...
(Foreign Affairs) (Co-author: Jack Snyder) When the Berlin-based group Transparency International released its annual ranking of international corruption levels in December 2014, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded with a blistering statement. Chinese authorities were upset that their country had sunk from 80th to 100th place on the watchdog’s influential Corruption Perceptions Index, even though Beijing was pursuing a high...
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(Foreign Affairs) (Co-author: Daniel H. Nexon) When it comes to foreign policy, U.S. President Obama’s critics have long accused him of being weak, indecisive, and naive. “Restoring resolve” to the Oval Office was a Republican theme in 2012, and it remains one among the 2016 GOP contenders. This narrative has now spread beyond Obama’s partisan opponents: many accuse Washington of responding with insufficient strength to Moscow...
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PONARS Eurasia 22 Sep 2015
(Deutsche Welle) China is investing in a parallel international institutional order. As Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Washington, the US and Europe need to rethink their approach, argues guest commentator Thorsten Benner. Exactly 10 years ago today, Robert Zoellick, US Deputy Secretary of State at the time, urged China to become a "responsible stakeholder." He argued that "China has a responsibility to strengthen the...
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