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PONARS Eurasia 07-18-2019
(The Diplomat) After more than a decade, the European Union recently released an updated strategy for Central Asia. When comes to Central Asia’s partners, Europe certainly sits below Russia and China. But European states nevertheless have long histories of involvement across the region. In a number of sectors, such as education, Europe has much expertise to offer Central Asia. As Sebastien Peyrouse, a research professor at George...
PONARS Eurasia 07-18-2019
(Eurasianet) As Georgia finds itself in the deepest crisis with Russia since the 2008 war between the two countries, Tbilisi’s closest ally, the United States, has been conspicuously quiet. The Kremlin has banned flights to Georgia, asked tourists not to visit the country, and has threatened further economic sanctions. The Russian media is full of tales, some exaggerated and others entirely fictional, about rising Russophobia in Georgia, and Russian...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-17-2019
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PONARS Eurasia 07-11-2019
(Point & Counterpoint) The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is building more and more new churches—30,000 in the past ten years, according to Patriarch Kirill. It has also steadily claimed and received the property rights to historical church buildings that have for decades served as public museums. Among the donors to the ROC are some of Russia's largest corporations. The Kremlin has used the ROC as an important ideological resource, while the Russian...
PONARS Eurasia 07-01-2019
(Central Asia Program) Russia’s Islamic Diplomacy. Edited by Marlene Laruelle. Table of Contents Chapter 1. Russia and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Conflicting Interactions By Grigory Kosach Chapter 2. Always Looming: The Russian Muslim Factor in Moscow's Relations with Gulf Arab States By Mark N. Katz Chapter 3. Russia and the Islamic Worlds: The Case of Shia Islam By Clément Therme Chapter 4. A Kadyrovization of Russian...
PONARS Eurasia 06-20-2019
(U.S.-Russia Relations: Quest for Stability) Cyber disruptions. Military encounters. Geopolitical instability. Economic sanctions. Even the risk of nuclear annihilation. How did we get here? Today the increasingly fraught U.S.-Russia relationship has entered a dangerous era of confrontation. Tapping a distinguished roster of policymakers, experts, and scholars, U.S.-Russia Relations: Quest for Stability presents a deep dive into the historic complexities...
PONARS Eurasia 06-18-2019
(Forbes) It’s probably safe to say that few would equate Kazakhstan (KZ) with the kind of modernity akin to something straight out of a science fiction novel. Two years ago, following their hosting of the World Fair dedicated to Future Energy in the capital Astana (renamed Nur-Sultan), Kazakhstan expanded an ambitious, pro-market reform push in a country that’s been led by the same man for 29 years. Some 52% of the country’s population have only had one...
PONARS Eurasia 06-11-2019
(Eurasianet) The results of Kazakhstan’s presidential election pose a puzzle. Both for the government and its opponents. As anticipated, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ran away with the vote. Preliminary results announced on the morning of June 10 showed him getting 70.8 percent of ballots cast. His nearest rival, opposition-lite candidate Amirzhan Kosanov garnered a surprisingly respectable 16 percent. As was often the case with his predecessor, mentor and power-...
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PONARS Eurasia 06-11-2019
(FP) NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan—For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has a new president. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the interim president and hand-picked successor of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Central Asian country’s longtime autocrat, confirmed his position on Sunday in an election where he faced off against six government-approved candidates. But the choreographed transfer of power was overshadowed by sustained protests across ...
PONARS Eurasia 05-31-2019
(The Diplomat) As Kazakhstan undergoes its first power transition, the awakening of public politics is inevitable. It’s been a wild few months for Kazakh politics, starting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s resignation on March 19 and interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s decision a few weeks later to call for early presidential elections, now set for June 9. Since then, Kazakhstan has renamed its capital and seen a series of public protests,...

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