PONARS Eurasia 25 Aug 2016
(NBC News) Some Russians may like Donald Trump's preference for gilded décor and colorful comments, but they still find the Republican presidential candidate a bit too unpredictable, according to natives and experts in the nation's policies. And while many Russians are only marginally interested in Trump and the current American presidential race, American presidential candidates' attitudes toward the "Motherland" do garner attention, Russian...
PONARS Eurasia 25 Aug 2016
(Christian Science Monitor) With US and Russian tensions flaring around the world, anti-American sentiment has been rising in Moscow for some time. And the recent Democratic National Committee email leaks that many experts and US officials have blamed on the Kremlin appear to be further hardening anti-Western attitudes and benefiting Russian President Vladimir Putin's standing at home ahead of his September reelection bid. "The anti-Western...
Theodore Gerber 25 Aug 2016
(Foreign Affairs) (Co-authored with Beth Mitchneck and Jane Zavisca) In recent years, international headlines have featured stories and images of the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East and its effects in western Europe. Few are aware, however, that the fourth-largest source of internal refugees in 2015 was within Europe itself. Ukraine now keeps company with Iraq, Syria, and Yemen as one of the world’s leading producers of internal...
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...

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