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(PONARS Policy Memo) Since late 2012, the terms “gender” and “gender equality” in the Armenian discursive space have become enveloped in undertones of tremendous negativity and even used as insults. The backlash in this area has a strong transnational aspect. “Anti-genderism” (as we might call it) in the region and in Armenia specifically is largely—but not exclusively—connected with Russian soft power...
Donald Trump has been the president of the United States for half a year. Over this time, observers have been trying to see through the cloud of his often controversial and conflicting statements at what might constitute his true vision of international relations. Trump’s recent speech in Warsaw was the best window into his outlook. Although he provided some good answers, the feeling after the speech was that now we have more questions than answers...
For some time, analysts, think tankers, and journalists prevailed in the domain of “post-truth” and “alternative facts.” It is only recently that academics plugged into the debate. The World Congress of Semiotics held in Kaunas, Lithuania, on June 26-30, 2017, was good proof of this. Semiotics is an academic discipline that studies hidden meanings in signs, messages, and symbols, and it can contribute to the “post-truth...
Tags: Makarychev, Russia, EU
Policy Memos | Аналитика
(PONARS Policy Memo) Over the past fifteen years, the EU has sought to gain visibility and influence in Central Asia. It has pressed soft power strategies and a values agenda, but mostly has structured its approach along pragmatic lines focusing on economic and security issues. Its policies toward the region take into consideration Russia’s “near abroad” interests, Afghanistan security, drug trafficking, migrants, refugees, and...
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(PONARS Policy Memo) In the not so distant past, a large segment of scholarship concentrated on the possibility of institutional and normative cooperation between Europe and Russia. In a drastic shift, many academics are now analyzing Russia’s narrative techniques and their impact on EU member state political agendas. Central to the Kremlin’s efforts is the Russian World concept. It is a complex umbrella term encompassing a variety of...
Tags: Makarychev, Russia, EU
PONARS Eurasia 05 Jun 2017
In these two blog posts, Vlad Strukov and Andrey Makarychev explore the notion of (in)completeness in two pan-continental geopolitical projects: EU/Europe and Russia/Russian World/Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The concept of (in)completeness, according to Strukov, accounts for the ongoing processes of re-visiting and re-modelling these two dominant geopolitical projects from an identity perspective. He suggests that (in)completeness defines the...
(Monkey Cage) (Co-authored by D. Gjukovikj)  A series of dramatic events have been unfolding in the small and historically peaceful Balkan country of Macedonia. Although these events have received much less international attention than Brexit, French elections or even the Eurovision contest, they have significant implications for the rest of Europe and should garner greater attention. Here’s the background Macedonia is one of the states that...
Tags: Sokhey, Macedonia, EU
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Sergey Minasyan 26 May 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Since the first days of Armenia’s independence, one of its top foreign policy priorities has been the European dimension. At the same time, Russia has always held a large role in South Caucasus politics, especially in Armenia, affecting Yerevan’s relations with Brussels. Once the Ukraine conflict erupted and Russia-West relations dramatically worsened, Armenia’s cooperation with Europe stalled. However, as has...

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