Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 09-23-2020
Russia's Foreign Policy: Soft, Hard, Smart Power Presented as a part of PONARS Eurasia Fridays, an online event series featuring expert discussions on current events in Eurasia each week. Featuring: Maria Snegovaya (Johns Hopkins University) Alexandra Yatsyk (Polish Institute of Advanced Studies) Pavel Baev (Peace Research Institute Oslo) Kimberly Marten (Barnard...
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PONARS Eurasia 09-15-2020
How Has COVID-19 Impacted Regime Legitimacy in Eurasia? Presented as a part of PONARS Eurasia Fridays, an online event series featuring expert discussions on current events in Eurasia each week. "The Impact of COVID-19 on Popular Attitudes in Central Asia" Pauline Jones (University of Michigan) "Russia's Response to COVID-19: What Russians Expect, What They Get, and What They Think About it" Sarah Wilson Sokhey...
PONARS Eurasia 09-15-2020
(PONARS Eurasia Podcast) In this week's episode, Maria Lipman chats with Natalya Chernyshova (University of Winchester) and Nikolay Petrov (Chatham House) about the ongoing protests in Belarus and their implications for the regime. Listen here (Blubrry) | View all episodes  Recommended: Natalya Chernyshova, " A Very Belarusian Affair: What Sets the Current Anti-Lukashenka Protests Apart?, " PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No...
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PONARS Eurasia 09-14-2020
(Majlis Podcast) For weeks, people in Belarus have been protesting against the results of that country’s August 9 presidential election that saw longtime incumbent leader Alyanksandr Lukashenka claim an overwhelming victory that few of his countrymen believed was true. [...] This week’s guests are, speaking from Washington, Erica Marat, associate professor at the National Defense University and author of the recently published book The...
PONARS Eurasia 09-11-2020
(Foreign Policy) In the three weeks since Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny fell violently ill on a flight to Moscow, any pretense that this was anything other than a state-sponsored assassination attempt has worn increasingly thin. After Navalny was airlifted from the Siberian city of Omsk to Berlin for treatment, German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week announced that he had been poisoned with Novichok, the same military-grade nerve agent used...
PONARS Eurasia 09-09-2020
(Eurasianet) Georgia’s leading opposition party has nominated its polarizing leader, former president Mikheil Saakashvili, as its candidate for prime minister in elections next month. The move means the upcoming vote will be an explicit contest between the two fiercest rivals in Georgian politics: Saakashvili and the leader of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party, Bidzina Ivanishvili. The United National Movement (UNM) party, which ruled Georgia from 2004...
PONARS Eurasia 09-08-2020
(Majlis Podcast with Murtazashvili and Siddiq) On September 2, 2016, the Uzbek authorities announced the death of Islam Karimov, who had been president since independence in 1991. During Karimov's last years in power, Uzbekistan had become increasingly isolationist and its economy was in decline. Karimov's prime minister since 2003, Shavkat Mirziyoev, was appointed acting president on September 8, 2016, and in December easily won the early presidential...
PONARS Eurasia 09-04-2020
We invite you to participate in our PONARS Eurasia Fridays event series! This online panel series will give you the the opportunity to discuss important policy issues with leading and up-and-coming scholars from North America, Russia, Europe, and Eurasia. Fridays from 10:00-11:30 am (US Eastern Time). Information and Registration >  
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PONARS Eurasia 09-03-2020
(The New York Times) MOSCOW — A pro-Kremlin propaganda film posted online before Russia’s 2018 presidential election smeared Aleksei A. Navalny, the Russian opposition leader now lying comatose in a German hospital after a poisoning attack, as the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler. A former prime minister, the target of Mr. Navalny’s most vivid exposé of corruption, denounced him as a “political con man.” For President Vladimir V. Putin, however, the...
PONARS Eurasia 08-31-2020
(The Naked Pravda/Meduza) If you’ve read anything about Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, “Sputnik V,” you know that it’s rolling out to the public in October, just as Phase III trials begin — meaning that researchers still have no idea how effective the product actually is. So far, the scientists developing Sputnik V say they’ve combined Phase I and Phase II testing and confirmed its safety and immunogenicity, but they’ve yet to compare it to a placebo and...

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