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(China Resource Risks) Which candidate do Chinese leaders hope will win the 2020 U.S. presidential election: Donald Trump or Joe Biden? According to the U.S. Directorate for National Intelligence, the Chinese government would prefer that "Trump... not win reelection" because of his unpredictability and tough policies toward Beijing. But Chinese experts disagree over which candidate would be...
Andrey Makarychev 23 Oct 2020
(Chinese Political Science Review) Abstract: The paper addresses a puzzle resulting from the current global state of alert: the coronavirus pandemic brought us back to the world of the allegedly sovereign nation states with borders and national governments in charge, yet in fact, this retrieved sovereignty looks very vulnerable and precarious. We explain this controversy through a triad of...
PONARS Eurasia 21 Oct 2020
(Washington Post) As the coronavirus pandemic surges worldwide once again, some countries that avoided the worst of the first wave have experienced a spike in cases for the first time. The late surges are most acute in parts of Central and Eastern Europe, where countries praised for low case numbers over the summer are grappling with some of the highest rates of infection in the world. Some...
PONARS Eurasia 21 Oct 2020
(MEMRI) The recent protests in Kyrgyzstan showed the country's dependence on the neighboring PRC [People's Republic of China]. It emerged that during the riots, Chinese business was badly damaged by looters. In the republic with a population of 6 million people, there are about 400 companies, connected one way or another with China. And Russia, it seems, is losing its influence not only in...
PONARS Eurasia 21 Oct 2020
(Oxford University Press) What explains Putin's enduring popularity in Russia? In The Red Mirror, Gulnaz Sharafutdinova uses social identity theory to explain Putin's leadership. The main source of Putin's political influence, she finds, lies in how he articulates the shared collective perspective that unites many Russian citizens. Under his tenure, the Kremlin's media machine has...
Pavel Baev 21 Oct 2020
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The virtual meeting of the Russian Security Council last Friday (October 16) started with a surprise meant to signify a major foreign policy initiative. Namely, President Vladimir Putin instructed Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to present to the leadership of the United States with the suggestion to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) for one year...
PONARS Eurasia 19 Oct 2020
Center-Periphery Politics in Russia: Instability and Adaptation Presented as a part of PONARS Eurasia Fridays, an online event series featuring expert discussions on current events in Eurasia each week. Featuring: Irina Busygina (Higher School of Economics) Stephen Crowley (Oberlin College) Ekaterina Koldunova (Moscow State Institute of International Relations...
PONARS Eurasia 19 Oct 2020
(Financial Times) A newly renovated hall in the largest museum in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang region in China, hosts an installation that makes little sense for a family outing: “The exhibition on major violent terrorist attacks in Xinjiang.” Opened in February, the well-lit room is filled with grisly details blamed on murky “terrorist” organisations. Ancient firearms, rusting gas...

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