(Point & Counterpoint) Brian Taylor (Syracuse University) discusses his new book The Code of Putinism (Oxford University Press, 2018). Brian examines the political and economic governance systems that have developed in Vladimir Putin's Russia, and why Putinism is not an ideology. In this...
(PONARS Policy Memo) Vladimir Putin’s new presidential term is shaping up to be the most complicated of his political career. According to the Russian Constitution, he is not allowed to become president again in 2024. Finding a solution for this problem is a major issue for the Kremlin. Either...
(PONARS Policy Memo) This has been an eventful year so far for U.S.-Russian relations in the field of nuclear weapons. The U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) was released in February 2018 and it raised a number of potential future problems for strategic stability. The speech by President Vladimir...
(Point & Counterpoint) Based on both archival work and oral history, the growing research on the 1960-80s development policies in the Soviet periphery offers a more nuanced picture of how the Communist regime managed its population's expectations and needs. Maria Lipman discusses the topic with...
(CAD) This issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest focuses on the international and regional implications of Armenia’s 2018 Velvet Revolution. More specifically, the articles look at 1) whether Armenia’s spring 2018 political transformation led to any changes in the country’s foreign policy...
(Global News) Three Russian journalists wound up dead last week in the Central African Republic, where they’d been following a shadowy paramilitary force that often backs Kremlin causes. It’s unclear who killed the three men, but they died while trying to shed some light on the mysterious Russia-...
(EDM) In the first week of August 2008, escalating tensions between Georgia and Russia exploded in a messy battle for Tskhinvali, South Ossetia. The resulting “Five Day War” culminated in the advance of Russian tanks to the suburbs of Tbilisi. A ceasefire was negotiated by then-president of France...

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