PONARS Eurasia 24 Aug 2016
(ARKA News agency) Armenian experts question sincerity of Turkey’s statement about intention to join the Eurasian Economic Union.    Earlier, speaking to Daily Sabah, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said that Turkey is aiming to join the Eurasian Customs Union and that it will continue efforts for full EU membership and the EU customs treaty, even while joining other international economic unions such as the Eurasian Customs Union.  ...
Arkady Moshes 24 Aug 2016
(FIIA) During the ongoing conflict in Donbas, Ukraine – its multiple social ills, regional and linguistic differences notwithstanding – demonstrated unprecedented national mobilization. But a modern and transparent state is still lacking. The quarter of a century that has passed since Ukraine declared its independence on August 24, 1991 has been a painful and dramatic period in the country’s history, full of missed opportunities, losses and...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Aug 2016
(Bloomberg) The last time Vladimir Putin’s political party won national elections, ballot-stuffing allegations sparked the biggest protests of his rule. Five years on, Putin appears to be so confident in his hold on power that even his most dogged adversary is welcome to challenge United Russia in next month’s parliamentary polls -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the London-based former oil billionaire who was charged with murder in absentia in December...
Arkady Moshes 24 Aug 2016
(FIIA) The European Union has lost a significant part of its soft power in Russia. It is no longer viewed as a success story worth being a part of, or developing a partnership with. A call for strategic cooperation between Europe and Russia, which implies normalization of relations and the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia as the first step, can often be heard across European capitals and Brussels. Business representatives count on...
Andrey Makarychev, Stefano Braghiroli 17 Aug 2016
The Ukraine conflict reinforced the desire of Kremlin policymakers to establish connections with a range of anti-status-quo groups in Europe. Moscow’s broad aim is to catalyze support for and legitimize Russian sovereignty (and hegemony) and, perhaps, even the dissolution of the European Union project. The Kremlin has made ties with a variety of Russia sympathizers (“understanders”) in Europe a priority, and these groups and Moscow have found...
Theodore Gerber 15 Aug 2016
(Washington Quarterly) (Co-authored with Jane Zavisca) Since the onset of the Ukraine crisis, the Russian government has stepped up its propaganda demonizing the Euro-Atlantic alliance and challenging its key goals. But is it effective? A new survey conducted by the authors in four countries shows it is a force to be reckoned with, but has achieved mixed results, even in Russia itself. Read More © The Washington Quarterly
Mariya Omelicheva 15 Aug 2016
(RAD) Kazakhstan’s moves to build a self-sufficient military-industrial complex and diversify its military procurements and defense cooperation have been interpreted as telling signs of a split in Kazakhstan’s long-standing defense and military partnership with Russia. This conclusion is, however, mistaken. Russia remains Kazakhstan’s largest supplier of arms, military equipment, and training, especially in such sensitive areas as air defense...
PONARS Eurasia 15 Aug 2016
(Bloomberg BNA) Once hailed as the next frontier for global shipping, the Arctic’s unpredictable weather and sparse population mean it's unlikely to become the next frontier for global container shipping, even if melting sea ice makes its waterways more easily navigable. Russian, American and Scandinavian experts told Bloomberg BNA that despite the hopes of some countries and international companies that the Northwest Passage would provide a...

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