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PONARS Eurasia 03-19-2020
(Reason) Vladimir Putin officially solidified his grasp on power last week when the State Duma, Russia's lower legislative chamber, voted unanimously to pass a constitutional amendment modifying the structure of presidential term limits. Putin will be allowed to once again run for office in 2024, when his current term is set to expire, and stay in power for two consecutive six-year terms. The amendment was introduced by Valentina Tereshkova, former...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-19-2020
(FP) Moscow—As the coronavirus pandemic has spread, bringing nations to a halt and killing over 8,000 people in recent weeks around the globe, Russia emerged as a rare spot of calm—or perhaps indifference.  Daily life largely continued as normal, with shops, workplaces, and schools still operating, while the authorities exuded confidence, pointing to only 147 confirmed cases and zero deaths, out of more than 116,000 tests for COVID-19 in the country of...
PONARS Eurasia 03-17-2020
Pavel Baev in "Putin Nullifies All Further Speculation About a Leadership Transition in Russia" (Eurasia Daily Monitor) "Seeking to preserve a modicum of uncertainty, Putin has yet to formally announce his intention to stand in the 2024 presidential elections; but the political class tends to take it for granted that he will be the only real candidate four years from now—and in the 2030 elections as well." Nikolay Petrov and Ben...
PONARS Eurasia 03-16-2020
(VOA) Sairagul Sauytbay, who said she faced torture in the Chinese detention camps in the Xinjiang region, never thought her story of survival would gain international attention one day. The 43-year-old Kazakh woman said she was stunned last Wednesday when U.S. first lady Melania Trump handed Sauytbay the U.S. State Department's International Women of Courage Award for providing firsthand details of the human rights situation in the camps. [...] ...
PONARS Eurasia 03-11-2020
Postponed: Spring Policy Conference, Friday, March 27, 2020, at the GW Elliott School in Washington, D.C. This event has been postponed until Fall 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience.    bar34.jpg        
PONARS Eurasia 03-09-2020
(NYTimes) As far as many Russians are concerned, Alexei Botyan, a Soviet spy during World War II, was a hero whose daring actions saved the Polish city of Krakow from destruction by the Nazis. But the Poles, and a number of respected historians, have a different take. To them, Mr. Botyan (pronounced buh-TYAHN) may have been a fine intelligence officer, but he had nothing to do with saving Krakow. [...] “But there is absolutely no evidence that the Germans...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-04-2020
(The National Interest) The impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives have demonstrated  a near-unanimous consensus among Washington experts and politicians regarding Ukraine policy, best expressed in the closing remarks of Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.): “We should care about Ukraine. We should care about a country struggling to be free and a Democracy . . . but of course, it’s about more than Ukraine. It’s about us. It’s about our national...
PONARS Eurasia 03-04-2020
(Global Voices) Well into the new year, many Georgians believe that their government isn't keeping its resolutions. Recently, those who demand that this October's parliamentary elections be “more democratic” have had two venues to engage with the ruling party. They can either attend roundtable negotiations brokered by foreign diplomats, or protest outside the parliament building in the capital Tbilisi. However, both these channels have diminished lately....
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PONARS Eurasia 02-28-2020
(IMR) In an interview with IMR, political scientist Vladimir Gelman, professor of the European University in St. Petersburg and the University of Helsinki, discusses the origins of Russia’s bad governance, the goals of Vladimir Putin’s recent political initiatives, and the Western elite’s “jealousy.” Gelman's book «НЕДОСТОЙНОЕ ПРАВЛЕНИЕ», dedicated to Russia's bad governance, was released in 2019. Olga Khvostunova: Your...
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PONARS Eurasia 02-27-2020
(Caucasus Analytical Digest) The contributions to this special issue address these issues by looking at the interplay between informal and formal institutions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. PDF © Caucasus Analytical Digest No. 114 (CSS ETH Zurich) Contents Introduction: The Interplay of Formal and Informal Institutions in the South Caucasus by the Special Editors: Farid Guliyev and Lusine...

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