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Şener Aktürk 06 May 2020
(TRT World) If we take March 12th, the day the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak to be a pandemic, we have entered the second month of what appears to be the first pandemic that has been captured and covered, almost synchronously, around the world. This is certainly not the first, and unfortunately extremely unlikely to be the last, deadly pandemic in...
Anar Valiyev 05 May 2020
(International Politics) Abstract: Driven by an increased interest in enhancing connectivity, great powers are in the competition to implement their transportation projects. Meanwhile, small states located in the crossroad of the transportation routes are offered with benefits while facing several challenges. In this regard, the current article studies three major transportation initiatives...
Samuel Charap 05 May 2020
(RAND Research Report) Over 30 years after the end of the Cold War, military tensions have returned to Europe. Both the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Russia are boosting their deployments in close proximity to one another and in multiple domains. At the same time, a host of new or dramatically improved conventional capabilities have been fielded, introducing a significant...
Pavel Baev 05 May 2020
(EDM) As April drew to a close, Russia surpassed China in the number of recorded COVID-19 infections; and by the end of the first week of May, it is set to register twice as many cases as its southern neighbor whose population is ten times greater. Russian official media reflected on this trend rather indifferently. Indeed, the reliability of Chinese data is questionable, even if never...
PONARS Eurasia 04 May 2020
(BuzzFeed News) As countries around the world continued to encourage their people to stick to strict social distancing measures in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, Turkmenistan’s president ordered hundreds, if not thousands, of his citizens to take part in National Horse Day events — starring himself and his rare steeds. Celebrated on April 26, the...
Marlene Laruelle 01 May 2020
(OpenDemocracy) The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a new front in great power competition — global health posturing. Whether it is assigning blame, providing medical aid, or modelling the most effective response, great powers are waging an information war against each other. China is aggressively defending its crisis management methods in the face of rising criticism from the international...
Peter Rutland 30 Apr 2020
(TOL) Amid the pandemic, Russia, China, and others find time to debate the timing of the beginning and end of World War II and other details of years long past.  The “memory wars” over World War II show no sign of abating. This month saw new developments in Moscow, Beijing, and Prague. Different countries have different stories. For China the war began in 1931, for Britain 1939, for...
Volodymyr Dubovyk 30 Apr 2020
(Atlantic Council blog) Saakashvili is a larger than life character who provokes either outright dismissal or endless praise. In reality, he is not so straightforward. As president of Georgia, he went from highly acclaimed reformer to soft authoritarian. His entry into Ukrainian politics in 2015 was seen as a promising sign for the country. Saakashvili’s appointment as Odesa region governor was a...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Apr 2020
(FT) A row over censorship has plunged Russia’s top business newspaper into a crisis that could either see it fall under the Kremlin’s control or torpedo a deal to sell it, leaving it on the verge of bankruptcy. Staff at Vedomosti are in open revolt against new acting editor...  A few days later, Mr Shmarov gave a story about state oil company Rosneft a more favourable headline. He then...
Judyth Twigg 30 Apr 2020
(RAD) This issue of the RAD focuses on Russia and the Covid-​19 Pandemic. First, Judy Twigg analyzes the challenge the coronavirus pandemic poses to Russia. The author contends that Russia’s approach to containing the virus and the healthcare system’s condition raise serious questions about the efficacy of the much-​vaunted “power vertical” in this instance. Second, Gunter Deuber looks at...

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