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PONARS Eurasia 07-22-2020
(CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK) This website is an extensive online resource for educators, students, researchers, and engaged citizens to examine the complex history and current challenges of U.S.–Russia relations, from interference in U.S. elections, to increasing risks of nuclear conflict, to China’s role in shifting the global centers of power and unrest and instability in the Middle East. Read Here © Carnegie Corporation of New York Image credit.
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PONARS Eurasia 07-17-2020
In this week's episode of the PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Maria Repnikova (Georgia State University) and Maxim Trudolyubov (Meduza) to learn more about the state of news media in Russia and China today. Listen Here (Blubrry) Transcript Lipman: Hello everyone, this is Maria Lipman and our PONARS Eurasia Podcast, featuring a series of discussions about Russia and...
PONARS Eurasia 07-13-2020
(NYTimes) After leaving Russia’s regional leaders to take much of the responsibility and heat for battling the coronavirus pandemic, the Kremlin has sent a blunt message to recently empowered local elites: Don’t even think about challenging the will of President Vladimir V. Putin. In an emphatic blow against a regional leader long viewed as disloyal, masked security officers in camouflage uniforms on Thursday arrested the governor of Khabarovsk Krai, a...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-06-2020
In this week's episode of the PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Aleksey Miller (European University at Saint Petersburg) to learn more about historical memory in Russia, and ongoing conflict over the memory of World War II in particular. Listen Here (Blubrry) Homepage image credit: kremlin.ru (2020) Transcript Maria: Hello everyone, this is Maria Lipman and our PONARS...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-05-2020
(Newsweek) An election expert in Russia has cried foul over the vote on constitutional amendments which may cement President Vladimir Putin's hold on power until 2036. The ballot which ended on Wednesday, saw nearly 78 percent of voters back the amendments to update the Russian Constitution which had been passed in 1993. [...] Nikolai Petrov, a senior research fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House, said one of the Kremlin's...
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PONARS Eurasia 06-26-2020
(Euronews) Russia is set to hold a July 1 referendum that could see President Vladimir Putin stay in power until 2036. The vote will be over whether to accept constitution changes that would allow Putin to run for another two presidential terms. The proposed changes to the country's 1993 constitution were revealed in January and backed by Russia's parliament, the State Duma, in March. [...] "The scale of the reform was absolutely surprising," said...
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PONARS Eurasia 06-23-2020
(Atlantic Council blog) Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appeared in court on June 18 for a pretrial hearing on charges related to alleged abuse of office during his presidency. This is one of around twenty cases involving the ex-president that are currently being pursued in what critics have labeled a clear-cut case of political persecution. If convicted, Poroshenko could face prison. However, some observers believe it is Ukrainian democracy...
PONARS Eurasia 06-22-2020
(Al Jazeera) The conflict in eastern Ukraine is sometimes called Europe's forgotten war. Separatists backed by Russia have been battling the Ukrainian army since 2014. Thousands of people have been killed, and 1.5 million Ukrainians have been displaced. European leaders say Russia has failed to implement the ceasefire deal it signed with Ukraine in 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union has no choice but to extend sanctions against...
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PONARS Eurasia 06-17-2020
(Reforum) Dr. Twigg is a professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University who specialized in public health reform in post-socialist states. Yana Gorokhovskaia talked to Prof. Twigg about the success of Russia’s healthcare reform, the reliability of Russia’s recorded COVID-19 deaths, and how political conservatism has impacted the health of vulnerable populations. – Over the course of the last fifteen...
PONARS Eurasia 06-16-2020
(PONARS Eurasia Podcast) In April 2019, political novice Volodymyr Zelensky was elected the new President of Ukraine in a landslide victory. When Zelensky took over the presidency, he was faced by a host of immense challenges, including fighting corruption, reducing the clout of the oligarchs, and achieving a breakthrough in multilateral talks over the ongoing conflict in Donbass. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an economic downturn and called for...

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