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PONARS Eurasia 29 Jul 2020
(The Diplomat) Over the last decade, China cemented its position as a consequential actor in Central Asia. Motivated to increase regional connectivity, diversify sources of energy imports, and safeguard its western territories, China invested heavily in trade and infrastructure projects in Central Asia. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013, became the cornerstone of China’s...
PONARS Eurasia 29 Jul 2020
(VOA) (Harriman Institute) Elise Giuliano (Lecturer in Discipline) and Timothy Frye (Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy) discuss the protests in Khabarovsk on Aleksandr Gerasimov's webcast, Ono Vam Nado? (Do You Need This?) on the VOA Russian Service. [Giuliano's segment begins at 8:44 min. Frye's begins at 21:25 min.]...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Jul 2020
(opb.org) Artyom Mozgov, 20, is among the thousands of people who have been protesting for the past two weeks in the Russian city of Khabarovsk, seven time zones east of Moscow on the Chinese border. “People go out every day without any kind of organization,” Mozgov, a political activist, tells NPR. “I’m really happy that people from my region have finally taken responsibility for...
Andrey Makarychev 27 Jul 2020
(3 DCTFAs) The COVID-19 had significantly changed the structure of world politics by shifting its core from issues of geopolitics to what in the academic literature for quite some time has been known as global biopolitics. As a concept, biopolitics implies political strategies and calculations based on protecting human lives, taking care of people and managing public health, medicine and hygiene...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Jul 2020
(Business Insider) China's first domestically built icebreaker left this month for its first trip to the Arctic, a few days after President Donald Trump said the US was pursuing as many as 10 new icebreakers of its own, underscoring the growing interest major powers have in being able to access the region. [...] "I think that it's going to be kind of a mixed picture with a deepening Russia-...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Jul 2020
(Foreign Policy) The so-called Wagner Group, a quasi-private Russian military security contractor, has long been deft at finding opportunity amid chaos. Since the group first appeared on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine in 2014, it has become the Swiss Army knife of Russia’s overseas interference efforts and has been linked to activities including election meddling, gold mining, and front-line...
(jam-news.net) Why has Armenia, with its modest geographical size and only two open land borders before the pandemic – Georgia and Iran – become the regional leader in coronavirus infections? Doctors and experts, and even ordinary citizens are closely monitoring the statistics in Armenia in order to try to find at least a few positive trends. Every day at 11:00 am, when the Ministry of...
Andrey Makarychev 23 Jul 2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) In this article, we analyze the management and political implications of COVID-19 in two small countries located at the EU’s north-eastern border: Finland and Estonia. Culturally, ethnically, and linguistically, they share a common Finno-Ugrian identity. Politically, both are parliamentary republics run by coalition governments. They were...

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