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PONARS Eurasia 01-11-2019
(Point & Counterpoint) Russia accepts about four million labor migrants annually, most of them from three Central Asian states. Less noticeable are internal migrant workers—Russian nationals who move to another place to make money, leaving their families behind. Maria Lipman talks to demographer Yulia Florinskaya (RANEPA) about the trends, rules, and practices of labor migration in Russia. See the article...
PONARS Eurasia 01-07-2019
(NYTimes) The American man being held on espionage charges in Moscow also has British, Canadian and Irish citizenship, officials said on Friday, a status that could complicate the situation for Russia if it finds itself confronted by coordinated pressure from the West. The man, Paul N. Whelan, could benefit from stepped-up efforts by multiple governments to secure his release, especially if the four countries coordinate their actions to secure his release...
PONARS Eurasia 01-03-2019
(VOX Ukraine) Political scientists answer the fundamental question of whether Ukraine should change its system of government and shift the balance of power between the executive and the legislature. Over the past few years a number of politicians and experts have voiced concern regarding the existing balance of constitutional powers in Ukraine’s political system. Some of them, including VOX Ukraine authors, have offered their views, more or less detailed...
PONARS Eurasia 12-19-2018
(CSM) The Pakistani businessman braved the rugged Karakoram Highway, crossed the freezing Khunjerab Pass, and spent an hour undergoing security at China’s border to reach the city of Kashgar, in the frontier region of Xinjiang. Eager to promote his adventure tourism company, the young entrepreneur set out in October in hopes of finding a travel agency to partner with. Instead, he ran up against China’s paramilitary surveillance state and its anti-Muslim...
PONARS Eurasia 12-18-2018
(Point & Counterpoint) (By Maria Lipman & Maria Volkenstein) The rise of diversity and individualism in Russian society is undisputed. However, these new trends are observed, first and foremost, in the private sphere, in consumption, and in everyday practices, while the political realm remains “frozen.” Modernization, as it applies to Russia, is a tricky subject. Soviet Communism was in itself a modernizing project: it repudiated the ancien regime...
PONARS Eurasia 12-11-2018
(Point & Counterpoint) Listen to Alexander Iskandaryan, director of the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan, discuss the "evolution of revolutions" in Armenia. He discusses the primary differences between the discontent in 2008 and the recent uprising. For example, at that time there was economic growth and migration to Armenia, the social situation was different, the situation in Karabakh was better, and, most importantly, there were major political...
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PONARS Eurasia 12-07-2018
Alexander Iskandaryan, director of the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan, explains the "evolution of revolutions" in Armenia. He discusses the primary differences between the discontent in 2008 and the recent uprising. For example, at that time there was economic growth and migration to Armenia, the social situation was different, the situation in Karabakh was better, and, most importantly, there were major political differences — beginning...
PONARS Eurasia 12-06-2018
2 часть Конференции «ФОРМИРОВАНИЕ НАЦИЙ И ГОСУДАРСТВ В КОНТЕКСТЕ ПОТРЯСЕНИЙ», организованная по инициативе ЕГУ и РАУ совместно с Понарс Евразия прошла в РАУ 9-го ноября.   Международная конференция "Формирование наций и государств в контексте потрясений" в РАУ. Video of Международная конференция "Формирование наций и государств в контексте потрясений" в РАУ.

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PONARS Eurasia 12-03-2018
(CBC) For U.S. President Donald Trump, who is reportedly in a dark mood over the advancing Mueller investigation and fresh off a slew of Republican congressional losses in the midterm elections, a naval standoff between Russia and Ukraine comes at a particularly fraught moment in his presidency. But for Russian leader Vladimir Putin, that makes this as good a time as any to see how far he can push Trump by asserting Russian supremacy in the disputed Sea...
PONARS Eurasia 11-27-2018
(Daily Beast) Russian security forces deployed coast guard vessels, jet fighters, and attack helicopters in an overwhelming assault on three Ukrainian navy boats attempting to pass through the narrow, Russian-controlled strait connecting the Black Sea and the smaller Sea of Azov on Sunday. Experts said the attack signaled a wider Russian move against Ukraine, four years after Moscow’s forces seized the strategic Crimean Peninsula and backed pro-Russian...

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