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Henry Hale 26 May 2020
(Monkey Cage) In the covid-19 fight, at what point do people think the cure is worse than the disease? Our new survey evidence from Ukraine shows that for countries in conflict, economic fears aren’t the only issue. National security threats may pose significant barriers to slowing down the virus. How we did our research...
Andrey Makarychev 26 May 2020
(Journal of Sport and Social Issues) Abstract: The article addresses visualizations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian and international digital media. Drawing on the scholarship on discoursive hegemony, the authors intoduce a concept of hegemonic regime of visibility as a general frame for understanding the dominant ways of visualizing mega-events which comprise elements of...
Volodymyr Dubovyk 24 May 2020
(Kyiv Post) Last week brought some shock, disbelief, and tension to Ukraine–U.S. relations. The cycle of destructive events has gained momentum with a controversial judge pursuing a Victor Shokin vs. Joseph Biden case to member of parliament Andriy Derkach coming out with “his” Petro Poroshenko-Biden recordings to ultimately President Volodymyr Zelensky addressing this in his May 20 press...
Scott Gehlbach 22 May 2020
NEW BOOK! Throughout history, reform has provoked rebellion - not just by the losers from reform, but also among its intended beneficiaries. Finkel and Gehlbach emphasize that, especially in weak states, reform often must be implemented by local actors with a stake in the status quo. In this setting, the promise of reform represents an implicit contract against which subsequent implementation is...
Vladimir Gelman 22 May 2020
(Riddle) The global COVID-19 pandemic has become a stress test for all countries. It clearly exposes both their strengths and weaknesses. For many, including developed countries, the condition of the national health care systems turned out to be the weakest link. Hospitals across Europe and America have struggled to cope with excess pressures during a surge of infections. Unfortunately...
PONARS Eurasia 20 May 2020
(Politico) A few days ago, six weeks into Moscow’s coronavirus lockdown, I was shopping at a local supermarket when the man behind me at the checkout counter started pushing into me. I told him to move away. He was astonished: “How come?” The cashier and I exchanged looks. “You’re supposed to stay at least a meter and half away from other customers,” she said. “Really?” he answered. “This is...
Pavel Baev 19 May 2020
(EDM) Russia is rightfully held responsible for and often caught red-handed spreading disinformation around the globe; but its own policymaking is, in fact, informed by similarly false assessments, which are “improved” (exacerbated) many times while traveling up the bureaucratic pyramid. For months, President Vladimir Putin has been aloofly presiding over Russia’s poorly coordinated efforts...
PONARS Eurasia 15 May 2020
Tracing Russia’s (Post-Pandemic) Future: Public Opinion and the Crisis of Late Putinism (May 27)  With Aleksandar Matovski One of the most significant global trends in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the entrenchment of authoritarian regimes across the globe. Russia, however, has been uncharacteristically absent from this pattern. While strongmen like Hungary’s Viktor Orbán...
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