PONARS Eurasia
(Moscow Times) The Russian government is pushing ahead with a long-rumored mini-reshuffle this week in what analysts see as a mark of both newly installed prime minister Mikhail Mishustin’s growing influence and President Vladimir Putin’s divide-and-conquer approach to keeping his underlings in...
PONARS Eurasia
Eurasia’s Newest Leaders: How Are They Doing? Presented as a part of PONARS Eurasia Fridays, an online event series featuring expert discussions on current events in Eurasia each week. Featuring: Azamat Junisbai (Pitzer College) Alexander Iskandaryan (Caucasus Institute, Armenia) Oleksandr...
Pavel Baev
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) As the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in the United States became clear, many Russians began to reflect on what the result might mean for Russia’s position in global affairs. While most Russians did not have a preference for the winner, the fierce political...
Zachary Paikin
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) The events of recent years are less representative of a shift in Russian strategy than they are of the fragmentation of the international order. The end of the Cold War brought with it a Western-led attempt to render the liberal international order synonymous with...
PONARS Eurasia
(TASS) Joe Biden announced his victory in the 2020 US presidential election. And although Donald Trump has not yet admitted his defeat and threatens to challenge the results of the vote in court, there is no doubt that a change of administration is coming in the White House. According to US media...
Emily Ferris
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) At the end of September, local news outlets began reporting on the increasing number of dead sea creatures washing up on Khalaktyrsky beach in the Far Eastern region of Kamchatka. It soon became apparent that there had been some sort of toxic leak into the sea and...
PONARS Eurasia
(NYTimes) MOSCOW — The morning after Joseph R. Biden Jr. became president-elect of the United States, the Kremlin published a congratulatory message from President Vladimir V. Putin. It was a happy-60th-birthday greeting to a Moscow theater director. Unlike his Western European counterparts, who...
Anar Valiyev
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) From the beginning of the escalation of the conflict in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, some accusations were aired in several European and Russian mainstream media about the involvement of Middle Eastern militants and mercenaries in the fighting. Some of the articles...
Regina Smyth
(Cambridge University Press) In a path-breaking study of Russian elections, Regina Smyth reveals how much electoral competition matters to the Putin regime and how competition leaves Russia more vulnerable to opposition challenges than is perceived in the West. Using original data and analysis,...
Ivan Kurilla
(PRI) A political science professor in St. Petersburg, Russia, tells The World what his students are discussing in class this week. Most American students are required to take a civics class, where they learn about democratic values, civil rights, checks and balances and other concepts at the heart...

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