PONARS Eurasia 09-04-2015
September 18-19, 2015 | GW Elliott School of International Affairs | 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC   Agenda   Day 1 - Friday, September 18, 2015   8:15-8:45 am  Registration (1957 E St. NW, 7th Floor)   8:45-10:45 am  Welcome & Panel 1: Ukraine: War and Identity City View Room, Elliott School 7th Floor Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University War and Sociopolitical Identities in Ukraine Volodymyr Duboyvk, Mechnikov National...
PONARS Eurasia 09-04-2015
(The New York Times) ODESSA, Ukraine — Behind a barred metal gate, the dilapidated two-story building’s dreary hallways led to worn but neat playrooms decorated with dour socialist realist art and a few “SpongeBob SquarePants” appliqués. Divided by age, groups of girls and boys up to 7 played in the heat, wearing only underpants. The older ones were excited to have unexpected visitors, and clamored to be picked up. Despite the sweltering heat...
09-04-2015
(Guest contribution by Charles J. Sullivan) The city of Kabul has fallen on three occasions over the past generation: to the mujahedin in 1992, the Taliban in 1996, and the Northern Alliance (supported by a U.S. aerial bombing campaign) in the aftermath of September 11. Since the Taliban’s overthrow, the United States has spearheaded a costly state-rebuilding effort but with little to actually show for it. U.S. military forces now appear to be...
PONARS Eurasia 09-04-2015
(BBC News) When, like Evon Peter, you know your ancestors have lived, hunted and fished the same land for 14,000 years, the concerns of nations which have existed only for a few hundred can seem trivial. Yet in the Arctic, the proximity of Russia and the US is becoming hard to ignore. On Monday, President Obama flew to Anchorage in Alaska, to address GLACIER. The acronym stands for Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation,...
PONARS Eurasia 09-03-2015
(Moscow Times) Donald Trump might hope that he will have a great relationship with President Vladimir Putin if he gets elected into the White House, but the problem is that Russia’s relationship with the United States is driven by political elites in the two countries who have their own divergent interests, Russian America-watchers told The Moscow Times on Wednesday. Trump is the front-runner in U.S. public opinion polls for the Republican Party...
PONARS Eurasia 09-02-2015
(Bulletin Leader) The U.S. hasn’t built a new heavy-class icebreaker in 40 years, and as oil drilling and vessel traffic increases off Alaska’s northern coast, the nation hasn’t developed a deepwater port within 900 miles. Marlene Laruelle, a research professor of global affairs at George Washington University, said historically it has been normal for the Russian state to be proactive in major projects. Additionally, most of the US flotilla isn’...
Pavel K. Baev 09-01-2015
(EDM) China will host a huge military parade in Beijing on September 3, and President Vladimir Putin will be in attendance—returning President Xi Jinping’s earlier gesture of Sino-Russian partnership, which the Chinese head of state expressed as the top guest of honor at the parade in Moscow on May 9. Yet, this past year’s pompous Red Square celebrations of the Soviet victory in World War II only illuminated Russia’s sad international isolation...
PONARS Eurasia 09-01-2015
(Moscow Times) Russians believe the United States is an immoral and unequal country where people are not warm to each other or are openly racist, a survey by the state-owned Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) reported on Monday. Analysts interviewed by The Moscow Times said the majority of Russians genuinely see the U.S. as an enemy, an attitude that cannot be completely explained by the influence of state-run media. [...] “On the one hand...

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