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PONARS Eurasia 02-26-2020
(Al Jazeera) Leaders and would-be delegates of the founding congress of an opposition party have been arrested in Kazakhstan ahead of next year's parliamentary elections, raising concerns about democratic participation in the Central Asian nation. The crackdown started last week with a reported arson and the arrest of three activists who were heading to the largest city - Almaty - for Saturday's congress of the nascent Democratic Party of Kazakhstan (DPK...
PONARS Eurasia 02-24-2020
(Blog Talk Radio) As Russia's navy starts to transition away from the last of her legacy ships, to her approaching endgame in Syria, join us for the full hour to investigate the latest developments with Russia's national security posture, including the domestic power politics and relationships with its near abroad that influences the same. Our guest returning again to Midrats will be Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg. Dmitry Gorenburg is an expert on...
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PONARS Eurasia 02-18-2020
(War on the Rocks) In January, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that China had developed “a 21st century surveillance state with unprecedented abilities to censor speech and infringe upon basic human rights. Now, it is exporting its facial recognition software and systems abroad.” In remarks at Cornell University in October, Rep. Adam Schiff stated, “China poses perhaps the greatest threat to democracy: developing tools of oppression at home, and...
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PONARS Eurasia 02-14-2020
(Russian Analytical Digest) The topic of this issue is ‘Putin‘s Power Games.’ In it, eight authors from different institutions (Jan Matti Dollbaum, Maria Domańska, Vladimir Gel’man, Andrei Kolesnikov, Robert Orttung, Michael Rochlitz, Regina Smyth, and Andrei Yakovlev) comment on the recent and ongoing changes in the government and constitution of Russia. Read More | PDF © Russian Analytical Digest (CSS ETH Zurich)...
PONARS Eurasia 02-13-2020
(Nikkei Asia Review) ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took advantage of his visit to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan last week to lambast China over its treatment of its Muslim minorities and reliability as a business partner, but was met with a lukewarm response from the two Central Asian states. Pompeo, who was making the first visit to the region by America's top-ranking diplomat since 2015, apparently left his hosts in Nur-Sultan...
PONARS Eurasia 02-13-2020
(abc.net.au) Since his election as US President, Donald Trump has actively undermined the standing of the American-led international order. His criticism of long-term allies, of NATO and other important security relationships and openly siding with authoritarian leaders have been significant. But Alexander Cooley argues in a new book called Exit from Hegemony, that the United States has been unravelling as a global power for some years. (...
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PONARS Eurasia 02-13-2020
(Middle East Eye) US economic warfare against Iran gives the most repressive elements of the Iranian regime another lease on life. The clerical government in Iran celebrates another anniversary this week. It’s both an occasion for critics to call attention to the Islamic Republic’s perpetual legitimacy crisis, and for neutral observers to puzzle over the revolutionary government’s tenacity.  Tehran’s opponents are correct in pointing out that its...
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PONARS Eurasia 02-13-2020
(News.am) There is no force in Armenia that could seriously resist the authorities’ aspirations, political scientist Alexander Iskandaryan told reporters on Wednesday. According to him, there is no such political force, and this requires appropriate conditions and public demand. [...] Read More © News.am  
PONARS Eurasia 02-11-2020
Контрапункт – это журнал о политике и обществе, посвященный, в первую очередь, проблемам России. Журнал публикует на русском языке работы российских и иностранных авторов – академических ученых, экспертов и интеллектуалов, для которых Россия является предметом профессионального интереса. RussCounterpointLogo.jpg     Contents No 1 / Сентябрь 2015: РОССИЯ С КРЫМОМ. ПОЛТОРА ГОДА СПУСТЯ...
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PONARS Eurasia 01-28-2020
(Eurasianet) The scandal driving the impeachment proceedings in Washington, in which President Donald Trump stands accused of trying to coerce Ukrainian leaders for his personal political benefit, doesn’t seem to be causing collateral damage to President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. Fresh academic research indicates that public support for Zelensky remains strong. Data compiled in mid-January by a team of scholars, including Jordan Gans-Morse, a political...

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