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,...
Jesse Driscoll
(Post-Soviet Affairs) (Authored with Zachary C. Steinert-Threlkeld) Abstract: After Kremlin policymakers decided to incorporate the territory of Crimea into Russia, updates on public attitudes in Russian-speaking communities elsewhere in Ukraine would have been in high demand. Because social media...
Regina Smyth
(The Conversation) Editor’s note: Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry A. Medvedev, and cabinet resigned on Jan. 15. Russian politics are often not what they seem, especially to those in the West. We asked Regina Smyth, a Russia scholar at Indiana University, to help readers understand what’s going on....
PONARS Eurasia
(Defense One Radio) Two years ago, 500 fighters tried to attack a U.S. military outpost in eastern Syria. The U.S. responded with overwhelming force, killing dozens. What happened next? In our latest podcast, we take a closer look at Wagner and Russian private military contractors. "I don’t think...
Nazar Boyko
Understanding Electoral Reform in Ukraine: How to Open Party Lists While Keeping Them Closed? Nazar Boyko January 13, 2020   On December 19th, 2019, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada adopted the long-expected Electoral Code, with 330 out of 423 MPs voting positively. Shortly after, it was signed by the...
Marlene Laruelle
(New Books Network) In a new podcast, Nicholas Seay (PhD candidate at The Ohio State University) interviews Marlene Laruelle about her edited volume The Nazarbayev Generation: Youth in Kazakhstan (Lexington Books, 2019). The Nazarbayev Generation looks at the younger generations of Kazakhstan that...
PONARS Eurasia
(FT) Generation Putin: how young Russians view the only leader they’ve ever known “The current generation of young Russians are the happiest since 1991,” says Eduard Ponarin, professor of sociology at Russia’s Higher School of Economics. “Happy, apolitical and nationalist, to generalise . . . and...
PONARS Eurasia
(Meduza) There is little debate among experts that the Russian state, despite the preservation of its democratic Constitution, has been authoritarian in essence for several years already. A decade ago, some observers still clung to the idea that a thaw was possible, but few today anticipate any...
Andrey Makarychev
(Contemporary Italian Politics) (Co-authored with George Spencer Terry) Abstract: This article seeks to tackle two interrelated issues. First, it explains the nature of the mutual affection of the right wing of Italian politics – exemplified by the Lega – and the Kremlin. Concomitantly, we explore...

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