Zhemukhov

PONARS Eurasia 22 Jan 2018
(RAND) Despite the rise of religion as a visible force in the sociopolitical life of post-Soviet countries, little is known about how religion has contributed or may yet contribute to tensions or peace in this region. An improved understanding of the relationship between religion and conflict in the former Soviet republics can fill a critical gap and help inform policymakers and other actors working to bring peace and stability to this volatile...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Aug 2017
Under what conditions does in-group pride facilitate out-group tolerance? What are the causal linkages between intergroup tolerance and socialization in religious rituals? Mikhail A. Alexseev’s and Sufian N. Zhemukhov’s book, Mass Religious Ritual and Intergroup Tolerance: The Muslim Pilgrims’ Paradox (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines how Muslims from Russia’s North Caucasus returned from the Hajj pilgrimage to...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Jul 2017
(Nationalities Papers) Given that Russia is due to host the largest and most popular (by a wide margin) global sporting – the FIFA World Cup – next year, now would seem an appropriate time to reflect on the last Sporting Mega Event held in Putin’s Russia – the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. That event will live in infamy mainly because it holds the record for the fastest ever squandering of an Olympic legacy. One hopes this is...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Jun 2017
The book by Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov, Putin's Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia, will be open access for the next 60 days. The online access is shared by the authors and the Taylor & Francis sharing initiative. View the book (enhanced PDF) | Routledge  
Sufian Zhemukhov 13 Mar 2017
(Routledge) (Co-author: Robert Orttung) President Vladimir Putin’s Olympic venture put the workings of contemporary Russia on vivid display. The Sochi Olympics were designed to symbolize Russia’s return to great power status, but subsequent aggression against Ukraine, large-scale corruption, and the doping scandal have become the true legacies of the games. Putin’s style of governance through mega-projects has had deleterious...
Sufian Zhemukhov 15 Dec 2016
(RAD) Abstract: Following the election of Donald Trump as president of the US, the Kremlin officially announced its conditions for improving relations between the two countries, including demands that it did not make to the previous administration. It seems that the Kremlin believes that Trump painted himself into a corner with his promises “to get along with Russia,” and Putin intends to take advantage of the situation. Read More...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Dec 2016
(KPFK Radio) Host: We examine the role of fake news manufactured by Russian Intelligence that was inserted into the U.S. media during the election campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton and stoke fears among the American left that the two nuclear-armed rivals were heading towards a nuclear confrontation. A former Russian journalist Sufian Zhemukhov, a visiting scholar at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George...
PONARS Eurasia 29 Nov 2016
(Washington Post) The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation. Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery—including...

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