Arkady Moshes
(FIIA Comment) Alexander Lukashenko’s “victory” in the election cannot bridge the gap between the president and the modern part of Belarusian society. Turbulent times may lie ahead for Belarus. This will require the West to revise its current approach and invest more in supporting forces that want...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The Russian Security Council held a virtual session last Friday (August 7), and President Vladimir Putin opened with the proposal to discuss the “international situation in general”; if his subordinates had any other business, it could be discussed “in a routine manner” (Kremlin.ru, August 7...
Marlene LaruelleWei (Josh) Luo
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Theories of soft power inspired by political scientist Joseph Nye often rely on two problematic assumptions: that soft power accrues only to countries with liberal systems, and that the United States is the yardstick for measuring its impact. The assumption that non-...
Polina Sinovets
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) In a surprise move this past June, Moscow published its first-ever “Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence.” The content core of these fundamental principles looks like excerpts from other Russian documents pertaining to the...
Andrey Makarychev
(Post-Soviet Affairs) Abstract: The object of my analysis is the Tallinn-based discussion club Impressum, known as a platform for spreading pro-Kremlin interpretations of political matters. These public speeches give a broad picture of political discourses originated in the Russian academic...
PONARS Eurasia
(FT) Vladimir Putin had been reassured that the regional election in September 2018 would be nothing to worry about. Mr Putin’s man would retain the governorship of Khabarovsk Krai, a region in Russia’s far east, securing a small majority in the first round, one of his intelligence agencies had...
Henry Hale
(Davis Center) Russian-American relations seem to be worsening with every year. After an attempted “reset” under U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev exhausted itself, a steady stream of events has kept tensions on a high burn. Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea....
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The presidential elections in Belarus were expected to be a tightly controlled affair, resulting in a convincing victory, on August 9, for the incumbent, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has firmly retained power since July 1994. The plan, however, unraveled as a result of the remarkably strong...
PONARS Eurasia
In this PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Nikolay Petrov (Chatham House) and Ivan Kurilla (European University at Saint Petersburg) to learn more about current events unfolding in Russia’s regions, focusing in particular on the cities of Khabarovsk and Saint Petersburg. Listen Here (...
PONARS Eurasia
(RTE) Protesters have poured onto the streets of the Russian city of Khabarovsk for the fourth weekend in a row. Journalists estimated turnout at around 30,000 people yesterday, while the local city hall put the number at just 3,500, claiming there was "falling interest". The rallies attract people...

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