Henry Hale
Research on patterns of electoral revolution in post-Soviet countries strongly suggests that Afghanistan may be ripe for revolution in or before 2014, when elections are scheduled to choose President Hamid Karzai’s successor. These conditions include a sociopolitical context oriented more toward...
Andrey Makarychev
Regretfully, anti-European rhetoric in Russia is on the rise. The Russia Today TV Channel (“RT”) readily covers the most Euro-skeptic parties all across Europe. Pseudo-scholars like Alexander Dugin contemplate Russia's chances to subsume the crisis-ridden Europe. Fiodor Lukianov, a pro-Kremlin...
Pavel Baev
Russia’s position on Syria’s civil war has been criticized so devastatingly in the Western media and proven wrong by so many political analyses so convincingly that it might appear useless and impolitic to re-open the issue. Yet Russia’s allegedly self-defeating position has turned out to be...
Kimberly Marten
(CBS, USA Today) Acting Director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute and PONARS Eurasia member Kimberly Marten discusses Chechnya, the home country of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Marten researched Chechnya for her book, Warlords Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States. See the...
Pavel Baev
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The news that the Boston terrorists are ethnic Chechens who have lived in the United States for many years may be shocking for many Americans, but in Russia it does not seem that surprising. How Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become so alienated from the country that became his home...
Sufian Zhemukhov
After one of the suspects of the terrorist attack in Boston, 19 year-old Chechen-American Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested, President Barack Obama asked a question that many Americans were asking, “Why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of our communities and our country, resort to...
Mark Kramer
(University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China) The two bombings on 15 April at the finish line of the Boston Marathon were not the first time that Boston has known Islamic terrorists on its soil.  At least five of the September 2001 al Qaeda terrorists had ties to the Boston area (including two who had...
Joshua Tucker
(The Monkey Cage) I have been debating whether to write this post for the last few hours since rumors regarding the identity of the Boston marathon bombers and their Chechen origin began to spread.  On the one hand, I still think it is completely possible that the motivations of the bombers will...
Sean Roberts
Recently, I wrote a PONARS Eurasia policy memo about what I termed an “unlikely succession struggle” in Kazakhstan. In this paper, I noted that, despite the popularity of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the fact that he recently won another term as president, Kazakhstan’s public has become...
Arkady Moshes
Since Vladimir Putin’s return as Russian president, Ukraine has been a target of Moscow’s attempts to have it accede to the Eurasian Customs Union. The Ukrainian opposition and national-minded analysts have expressed concerns that President Viktor Yanukovych may cede to the pressure, whether to...

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