Andrey Makarychev
The more German experts discuss the recent Bundestag election, the more paradoxes they unveil. For example, many note that Germany has become more Euro-sceptic even though they predict that the new government will stick to timeworn policies. Few see serious changes in Germany's attitude toward...
Nikolay Petrov
(The Moscow Times) The 12th Sochi International Investment Forum brought together numerous senior officials and dozens of regional governors. This particular forum stands out among the many held in the regions as being second in stature only to the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum...
PONARS Eurasia
Videos of two panel sessions from the September 23-24, 2013, PONARS Eurasia policy conference are now available online: Russian Protests: Motivations and Mechanisms September 23, 2013 Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University Theodore Gerber, University of Wisconsin-Madison Mark Kramer,...
Theodore Gerber
Access to the internet has grown at an exponential rate in Russia during the last four years, and many commentators have ascribed a mobilizing role to the new media in the waves of discontent and protest surrounding the December 2011 parliamentary and March 2012 presidential elections. A series of...
Mikhail Alexseev
Declining satisfaction with a country’s direction—a measure that typically tracks with declining public support for a government in power—has been shown to precede mass anti-government protest, as the Arab Spring illustrated. For example, the end of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year reign followed a steady...
Samuel Charap
When raising the topic of European conventional arms control (CAC) these days in Washington, one should be prepared for quizzical expressions from interlocutors. With crises in Syria and Iran, the “rebalancing” to the Asia-Pacific, and Europe’s own pressing economic troubles, the response to expect...
Brian Taylor
The government of President Vladimir Putin has tightened the screws on Russian society since his return to the Kremlin in May 2012. This crackdown has been carried out by the parliament, law enforcement agencies, and the courts. There have been high-profile trials like those of Pussy Riot and...
James Richter
In the first year of Vladimir Putin’s second presidency, apparently in response to the mass demonstrations of the last election cycle, the Kremlin launched a comprehensive campaign to intimidate, stigmatize, shut down, and even prosecute nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that receive assistance...
Sergiy Kudelia
Over the last month, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych came close to fulfilling the most audacious hopes of Europhile Ukrainians. He reasserted the finality of Ukraine’s European choice when the Kremlin threatened with introducing additional trade barriers to Ukrainian exports. He coerced MPs...
Nikolay Petrov
In order to maintain Vladimir Putin’s hybrid political regime, it is constantly necessary to reconcile the interests and conflicts of various subsystems “by hand.” If this is not done, internal conflicts can accumulate until they reach the surface, potentially destroying the entire system. The weak...

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