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Maria Snegovaya 24 Apr 2020
(Post-Soviet Affairs) Abstract: On the concept of “rally around the flag,” scholars often argue that by invoking the danger of external threats in times of economic hardship, leaders can rally the public around the government in a way that would otherwise be impossible. Alternative streams of literature suggest that a darkening economic reality (“butter”) may weaken the impact of patriotic...
Dmitry Gorenburg 23 Apr 2020
(Marshall Center) For most of the post-Soviet period, the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta has conducted a monthly survey of Russian political experts. This survey asks its respondents to rank the 100 most politically influential Russians in the previous month. Throughout this period, the newspaper has also published an annual ranking based on the average rank of those mentioned...
Maria Snegovaya 21 Apr 2020
(CEPA & Levada Center) Over the last decade, the Kremlin’s policies have consistently traded Russia’s economic development for Russia’s great-power status. As result, Russia has experienced a significant economic slowdown. Recent efforts to extend President Vladimir Putin’s 20-year presidency enable Moscow to sustain these policies. But are they feasible in the long term? Few in-depth...
Dmitry Gorenburg 21 Apr 2020
(RMR blog) My colleagues at CNA’s Russian Studies Program — Michael Kofman, Anya Fink and Jeff Edmonds — have written two excellent reports on Russian deterrence and escalation management. I contributed a bit to the research. The summary and links to the reports below is taken from Michael Kofman’s description of the research on his blog: CNA’s Russia Studies Program recently...
Pavel Baev 21 Apr 2020
(EDM) After a delayed start, Russia is now being hit by the COVID-19 outbreak with devastating force; yet, it has only praise for China’s policy of containing the disease, despite the obvious fact that this containment failed to prevent a local outbreak in Wuhan from becoming a global pandemic. President Vladimir Putin recently found it opportune to emphasize that it was “counterproductive”...
Marlene Laruelle 20 Apr 2020
(Russian Politics) Abstract: Research on Russian civil society focuses largely on the repressive legislative side of state policies, to the virtual exclusion of the rise of domestic funding, be it individual, corporate, or public. This article instead contributes to the discussion of state funding for the third sector by looking at the Russian Presidential Grant Fund, a state institution...
Peter Rutland 17 Apr 2020
(Caucasus Survey) Abstract: The article analyzes the evolution of Russia’s policy in secessionist conflicts in the post-Soviet space in 1991–2018. The authors differentiate the patterns of Russian policy between the “first” and “second” generation of frozen conflicts. The “first generation” includes four conflicts of an ethno-linguistic nature that arose out of the collapse of the USSR in the...
Kimberly Marten 17 Apr 2020
(International Politics) Abstract: It is often claimed that NATO’s post-Cold War geographic enlargement threatened Russian security interests and caused the downturn in Russia’s relations with the West. This article unpacks and challenges that causal claim, making three basic arguments. First, NATO enlargement made the alliance weaker. Russia knew this and did not react militarily to...
Şener Aktürk 17 Apr 2020
(Mediterranean Politics) Abstract:  Bulgaria, Greece, and North Macedonia have demographically the largest and politically the most significant Turkish minorities in southeastern Europe. Yet the official recognition of Turkish ethnicity and language varies very significantly across these three neighbouring countries. This variation is particularly puzzling and counterintuitive if one...
J. Paul Goode 17 Apr 2020
(Ethnic and Racial Studies) Abstract: While new regimes often seek legitimation by forging banal ties between state and nation (or “banalization”), there have been few attempts to explain how nationalism becomes banal, to account for variations in the process across different types of regimes, or to establish clear criteria for identifying successes or failures in banalization. This article...

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