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Andrey Makarychev 12 Jun 2020
(Journal of Borderlands Studies) Abstract: This article aims to explore a paradoxical co-existence of various forms and models of trans-border interactions in areas of direct adjacency of Norway and Russia. Our main hypothesis is that the structural conditions of securitization that became dominant in NATO-Russia relations after the annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbas produce...
PONARS Eurasia 11 Jun 2020
(Newsweek) After coronavirus measures kept many Russians away from crowds for over two months, the country will take part in a collective event on July 1 that could lead to a different kind of restriction—a curb on political plurality at the top. People in far-flung parts of the country, such as in Chukotka in Russia's far east, have already begun to cast their ballots on constitutional...
Volodymyr Dubovyk 11 Jun 2020
(NEE) There have been certain developments in Ukraine over the last few weeks that appeared to endanger its key relationship with the United States, and they also have the potential to impact the course of the American presidential elections. In late April, a judge in Kyiv announced that the former Vice President Joe Biden is involved in a case put forward by the former Ukrainian...
Andrey Makarychev 10 Jun 2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) By Giorgi Beridze, University of Tartu/Tbilisi State University, Alla Leukavets, University of Tartu/Belarusian State University, and Andrey Makarychev, University of Tartu. One of the questions the current COVID-19 debate left understudied is how different governments publicly legitimize their crisis management policies. Among post-Soviet countries, this issue is...
(IAI Papers) As Russia has become a major external player in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region due to its military engagement in Syria since 2015, it has acted as a balancer and mediator in several regional controversies and has continued to serve as a security guarantor for the Syrian state. This course has brought Moscow some practical dividends, such as growing economic and...
PONARS Eurasia 08 Jun 2020
(IERES) Marlene Laruelle and Andreas Umland address questions about the ideological diversity of Russian nationalism, its sociological basis, the doctrinal greyness of Putin’s regime, the issue of an anti-Putin Russian nationalism, the Kremlin's support of the Western far-right, and comparisons with Ukrainian nationalism. Marlene Laruelle is director and research professor at the Institute...
Maria Snegovaya 08 Jun 2020
(FP) The coronavirus pandemic has created problems for countries around the world, but it seems it may hurt Russia in particular, creating new and complicated challenges for President Vladimir Putin. Findings from a new study conducted with the independent survey company Levada Center show that the conditions created by the pandemic have seriously undermined the Kremlin’s ability to deliver...
PONARS Eurasia 08 Jun 2020
(Russia Beyond) U.S. Colonel Boris Pash (1900 – 1995) was a typical 20th-century American ‘badass’ – he hated the communists’ guts, took German cities almost single handedly in WWII and captured the Nazis’ nuclear energy resources. And he was Russian. [...] In this documentary, you can see the person who led the Alsos Mission – a bit short, but burly man in glasses, Col. Boris Pash. “There...

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