Marlene Laruelle
(Springer) (Co-authored by Sergei Samoilenko) This chapter examines character assassination as a set of strategies used by conflicting parties in international affairs. Specifically, it views character assassination as strategic communication embedded in the context of political standoff. Mass...
PONARS Eurasia
(Mirror Spectator) Statements were issued and news appeared which indicated that the ministers had been spinning their wheels, as usual. The ministers have made contradictory statements while the OSCE statement has tried to paper over the differences, counting among their contributions to the...
Arkady Moshes
(LSE) (Co-authored with Ryhor Nizhnikau) While most recent attention has been drawn to the diplomatic effort to achieve progress in the conflict resolution in Ukraine’s Donbas, which culminated in the summit of the Normandy Four earlier this week, the process of internal change in the country has...
Arkady Moshes
(FIIA) The French-German-Russian-Ukrainian top-level encounter could not and did not deliver a prospect of resolving the conflict in Donbas, but the limits of the possible are now clearer. No certainty, but the “draw” may push the parties closer to a sustainable ceasefire. In 2019, Russia’s...
Alexander Iskandaryan Alexander Iskandaryan
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) The drawing of administrative borders between Chechnya and Ingushetia caused protests in Ingushetia that began in October 2018, continued until March 2019, and culminated in the resignation of Ingushetia’s leader two months later. These protests reflect a persistent but...
Kornely Kakachia
(Carnegie Europe) (Co-authored with Bidzina Lebanidze) The EU should help Georgia overcome its latest political crisis and in that way invest in the further democratization and stability of the wider region. It’s a repetition Georgia could do without. This strategically important country in the...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) After the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) contentious jubilee summit in London last week (December 3–4) (see EDM, December 2), the fulcrum of European politics has shifted to two different summits, in which President Vladimir Putin was supposed to perform foremost roles. The first...
Mikhail Troitskiy
(Springer) Abstract: This chapter scrutinizes one particularly prominent type of international negotiations: arms control. The author seeks to establish the imprint of focal points on arms control, and to determine how much they facilitated arms control negotiations. He argues that traces of focal...
Mariya Omelicheva
(Minerva) (Co-authored with Lawrence Markowitz) The post-Cold War era has been marked by policy and academic debates about the cooperative links between criminal and terrorist actors. According to the prevailing view, the dissolution of the Soviet Union resulted in the contraction of traditional...

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