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PONARS Eurasia 12 Oct 2020
(High North News) Policy makers were equally busy. The US announced that it would be withdrawing 700 American troops deployed in Norway. Working to build its own Arctic capacities, Moscow will surely appreciate the transfer of the US soldiers to the faraway Pacific and South China Sea. Simultaneously, the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated key Arctic economic sectors. Today the...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Oct 2020
(Live Science) Since the end of September, hundreds of soldiers and civilians are thought to have been killed in a rapidly developing conflict between the rival Caucasus nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan.  But why are they in conflict? [...] "I don't think anyone knows for sure why this recent conflict started now. It looks like Azerbaijan started it, but it's difficult to know...
PONARS Eurasia 11 Oct 2020
What's New Under the Sun? Military Affairs in U.S.-Russian Relations Presented as a part of PONARS Eurasia Fridays, an online event series featuring expert discussions on current events in Eurasia each week. Featuring: Polina Sinovets (Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine) Adam Stulberg (Georgia Institute of Technology) Mikhail Troitskiy (Moscow State Institute of...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Oct 2020
(Washington Post) MOSCOW — Vladlen Los sat in a chair outside Room 239 of the Xander Hotel. It was midmorning on Aug. 20 in the Siberian city of Tomsk. The lawyer Los was determined that no one get inside the room that his colleague, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, had left hours before. All that was known at that point was that Navalny was gravely ill — stricken on a plane...
Timothy Frye 09 Oct 2020
(War on the Rocks) Kremlin-backed trolls are sowing disinformation and have adapted their game for the 2020 campaign. U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr has been vague about the probity of accepting foreign assistance, and the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently announced that it would no longer provide in-person briefings to...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Oct 2020
(Atlantic Council) Atlantic Council experts respond to the recent instability in Kyrgyzstan and what it means for the region and the international community. Jennifer Murtazashvili: Kyrgyzstan’s long-term stability will depend on ability to find new governance and electoral arrangements. The events in Kyrgyzstan are driven by internal factors, most notably by dashed hopes for change...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Oct 2020
(Emerging Europe) Kyrgyzstan’s Central Election Commission has annulled the results of a parliamentary election held on October 4 following a day and night of violent clashes in the capital Bishkek, during which demonstrators broke into the country’s parliament. The election now looks set to be re-run. Video footage widely distributed on social media showed people in the office of the...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Oct 2020
(ArmInfo) Just a couple of days ago, literally, I would say that I do not see any indicators that show the possibility of a suspension of hostilities, however, now the situation has changed. Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan stated this at a press conference. In particular,  according to him, these indicators are the plane that landed in Yerevan, the...

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