PONARS Eurasia 01-21-2015
(Vox) During the State of the Union, President Obama made a big claim about the war against ISIS. "In Iraq and Syria," the President said, "American leadership — including our military power — is stopping [ISIS]'s advance." The phrasing here is careful. Obama isn't claiming that the US has ISIS on the brink of defeat: indeed, the United States has made very little progress towards pushing ISIS out of its core strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Though Obama...
Samuel Charap 01-21-2015
(The National Interest) The United States and the EU have demonstrated significant commitment to Ukraine’s success since the Maidan revolution. However, no Western leader has ever suggested that Ukraine has a blank check—that the Western commitment is without limits. Instead, as evidenced by the measured extent of financial and military assistance to Ukraine, this commitment is both limited and conditional. In particular, if Kyiv’s promises to implement...
PONARS Eurasia 01-20-2015
(The Moscow Times) President Vladimir Putin cannot afford at this point to reform the political system he has built up, as doing so would undermine his grip on power, a panel of political analysts said at the Gaidar Forum on Friday. They went on to warn that without fundamental change, Russia risks an eventual descent into "revolutionary chaos." The panel, which consisted of several analysts known for their vocal criticism of Russian government policy,...
PONARS Eurasia 01-20-2015
"What was supposed to be a time of celebration 25 years after the collapse of communism in East-Central Europe has instead turned out to be a year of deep geopolitical crises and dark fears about the future of Europe, Eurasia, and the rest of the world," Hanson said. "The great hopes kindled by the peaceful dismantling of the Soviet empire have given way to renewed bloodshed, immense social dislocation, and a new division in Europe that will be very hard...
PONARS Eurasia 01-16-2015
(Monkey Cage) The hacking of Sony Pictures and the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris differ in obvious ways: One involved a state-directed cyberattack on a private corporation; the other involved radicals loosely linked to non-state actors determined to kill journalists. But both incidents also constitute attacks on freedom of expression, thus inspiring a public recommitment to this bedrock principle of Western liberalism. In France, millions...
PONARS Eurasia 01-16-2015
(Interview) Nicu Popescu, expert at the European Institute for Security Studies in Paris, said that currently, the situation in the region is very fluid and difficult to predict. However, in 2014 Moldova managed to drop several anchors designed to maintain it in future on the European path, says Nicu Popescu. Nicu Popescu: The situation is very fluid. You know it that some months ago Russia believed it obtained a kind of victory in the...
PONARS Eurasia 01-15-2015
(CSM) Both the Kremlin and the Russian public condemn the attacks last week on Charlie Hebdo. But they say that the magazine's mockery of Islam was just as unacceptable, and should have been censored by authorities. In condemning the murderous extremism behind the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris last week, Russians from the Kremlin down appear to be on the same page as their Western counterparts. But when it comes to identifying with the #JeSuisCharlie...
PONARS Eurasia 01-15-2015
(Bloomberg) Ukraine said cease-fire violations in its easternmost regions surged to a record as Germany’s leader called for emergency peace talks and Russia stepped up economic pressure on its cash-strapped neighbor. Government forces faced at least 129 separatist attacks in the past day, the military said as a battle raged at Donetsk airport and the security council warned the unrest may spark a “continental war.” The pro-Russian rebels said Ukraine is...

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