Szakonyi: By ignoring the mandate to impose new Russia sanctions, the Trump administration is goading Congress
David Szakonyi 06 Feb 2018
(Russia Matters) This week’s highly anticipated news on additional Russia sanctions landed with a thud. For weeks, both Moscow and Washington had been astir about the impending steps the Trump administration would take against Russia based on legislation reluctantly signed by the president nearly six months ago and overwhelmingly supported by Congress. The law, called the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, called for three...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Jan 2018
(Vice News) Sunday was a tough day for underground anti-Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny — and not just because he was thrown to the ground by a half-dozen Russian cops on Moscow’s main boulevard, then shoved into a waiting paddy wagon feet-first. Navalny had a bigger problem: Despite weeks of hype, the nationwide protests he launched to support a boycott of Russia’s March presidential election drew just a fraction of the massive crowds that...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
David Szakonyi 02 Nov 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Over the last decade, the Russian economy has undergone a pronounced turn toward consolidation and renationalization. The state continues to aggressively intervene in markets, passing new regulations, expanding its share of GDP, and ultimately driving out private companies. These actions, as well as repeated economic crises since 2008, have drastically reduced levels of competition in the majority of Russian economic sectors. Yet...
Johnson's book Priests of Prosperity wins numerous awards; Szakonyi wins outstanding dissertation prize
PONARS Eurasia 12 Oct 2017
(ASEEES) To recognize outstanding scholarship and contribution to the field, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) annually awards several prizes and awards. Juliet Johnson's book, Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World (Cornell University Press), won the Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies for outstanding monograph on Russia...
Szakonyi: The Russian regime sees the smaller elections as a test run in part of its strategy to remain in power
PONARS Eurasia 13 Sep 2017
(Newsweek) Russian President Vladimir Putin suffered a major blow in Sunday’s nationwide elections—or did he? Russia's United Democrats—a liberal party that stands in opposition to the Kremlin—saw several shocking upset victories in central Moscow, though Putin's ruling party, United Russia, won all of the municipal elections held outside of Moscow and 75 percent of district council seats in the Russian...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Sep 2017
(GW News) A new survey from George Washington University political science experts that seeks to measure and quantify whether the current political climate threatens American democratic institutions found “significant warning signs” for American democracy. The Authoritarian Warning Survey is a continuous survey of leading academic experts on democracy and authoritarianism, measuring critical facets of American democracy. Daily...
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