Pavel BaevPavel Baev
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Syria has been an ongoing major focus in Russian security policy since its astounding military intervention in September 2015. Yet, now, it is barely present in political debates and news flows in Moscow. Attention began to dissipate in early March after the Russian-...
PONARS Eurasia
The North Caucasus is a highly complicated territory in Russia, comprised of seven different ethnic republics with complex relationships to the Russian federal center. Throughout the region, the already immense challenges of dealing with the COVID pandemic have been amplified by chronic local...
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(IWPR) The Covid-19 pandemic may lead to increasingly authoritarian politics across Central Asia, according to a joint online discussion organised by IWPR and Chatham House. The panel of experts and academics from Europe, Central Asia and the US also emphasised that the economic impact was likely...
PONARS Eurasia
(New York Times) MOSCOW—Smarting over decades of American criticism of its human rights record, Russia is now getting some payback. The Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, sanctioned by the United States as a violent brute responsible for torture and extrajudicial killings, said this week that he...
PONARS Eurasia
(RFE/RL) The screen depicts the Statue of Liberty backdropped by a cloud-specked sky, its outstretched arm and crowned head superimposed over the body of an American police officer whose knee presses firmly into the neck of a black man pinned to the ground and struggling to breathe. [...] "The...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The Russian authorities are caught in a familiar dilemma of whether to resume economic activity or contain the coronavirus pandemic and, trying to have it both ways, are blundering the former while failing in the latter. The economic contraction for April is estimated at 12 percent, but the...
Mariya OmelichevaMariya Omelicheva
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) On April 6, 2020, the U.S. State Department designated the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) as a terrorist organization and placed its leaders on its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. This unprecedented move—the first time in history the State Department...
Alexander Naumov
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) On May 8, at exactly 7:40 p.m., without a declaration of war, Russian comments inundated the social media pages of the White House. The presidential Instagram account had just posted a video clip of President Donald Trump’s visit to the World War II Memorial to mark...
PONARS Eurasia
How have different systems of government influenced responses to the COVID-19 pandemic? Why have some countries managed to effectively curb the spread of the Coronavirus, while others continue to see rising numbers of infections and fatalities? What can we learn from exploring these comparisons,...
Andrej Krickovic
(The Chinese Journal of International Politics) Abstract: Although recent scholarship has advanced our understanding of status, little attention has been paid to the factors that shape states’ status-seeking behaviour. Consequently, existing theories are unable to explain why Russia has been more...

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