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PONARS Eurasia 03-25-2019
By Tymofii Brik, Kyiv School of Economics “Right now, who could you say is more likely to win… than Yulia Tymoshenko?” - Keith Darden, CSIS Panel, 12/3/2018 Many researchers and pundits have tried to predict the most likely winner of the Ukrainian presidential elections. The key words in Keith Darden’s quote above are: “Right now.” On that day indeed, December 3, 2018,...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-25-2019
(Bloomberg) The gloves are well and truly off in Ukraine’s presidential election. While the first of two spots in an almost certain runoff next month looks wrapped up, a battle for the other is raging between incumbent Petro Poroshenko and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Accusations are flying -- everything from voter payoffs to wiretaps and shady donors. There’s even a decoy candidate among the field of 39 hopefuls. Dirty tricks aren’t unique to...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-22-2019
banner1NN.jpg Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, made a brief statement on March 19 announcing his resignation. PONARS Eurasia members provide context and viewpoints. Pauline Jones (University of Michigan) Although the exact timing was unpredicted, President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s resignation prior to the 2020 elections was not unexpected. In hind sight, it is clear that the first and only leader...
PONARS Eurasia 03-21-2019
(NYTimes) MOSCOW — The oldest daughter of Kazakhstan’s longstanding, autocratic president was elected Parliament speaker on Wednesday, fueling speculation that she would succeed her father as the country’s ruler after elections next year. The appointment of Dariga Nazarbayeva came a day after her father, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had led the oil-rich Central Asian nation since 1989, when it was still part of the Soviet Union, made the surprising...
PONARS Eurasia 03-20-2019
(RFE/RL) Having ruled Kazakhstan with an authoritarian grip since the 1980s, President Nursultan Nazarbaev shocked many when he unexpectedly announced his resignation on March 19. "This year marks the 30th anniversary of my term as the supreme leader of our country," Nazarbaev said during a hastily arranged nationwide address. "[But] I have made the difficult decision to resign as president of the Republic of Kazakhstan." Nazarbaev is credited by many...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-19-2019
(NYTimes) MOSCOW — After 30 years in power, the aging president of Kazakhstan jolted the oil-rich former Soviet republic and the region at large on Tuesday with the surprise announcement that he was resigning. Nursultan Nazarbayev, 78, the last surviving president in Central Asia to have steered his country to independence after the Soviet Union collapsed, stepped away from running daily affairs, but maintained considerable authority over the sprawling...
PONARS Eurasia 03-19-2019
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A political scientist at West Virginia University is researching the vulnerability of states that border a hostile, larger power and how that proximity affects the ability of those countries to provide basic services to their people. In this case, that power is Russia. Erik Herron, the Eberly Family Professor of Political Science and his collaborators, Cynthia Buckley (University of Illinois) and...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-06-2019
The International Studies Association gave the Religion and International Relations Book Award to Mikhail Alexseev and Sufian Zhemukhov for their book, Mass Religious Ritual and Intergroup Tolerance: The Muslim Pilgrims’ Paradox (Cambridge 2017). Ayse Zarakol received the Edited Volume, Special Issue, or Symposium Award Honorable Mention for her book, Hierarchies in World Politics (Cambridge 2017). Congratulations!...
PONARS Eurasia 03-06-2019
(FP) Normally inured to the fire and brimstone of Russian state TV, international audiences perked up their ears last month when a Sunday evening news show singled out a handful of locations in the United States that could be targets for annihilation by Russia’s new hypersonic weapons. “For now, we’re not threatening anyone,” said the TV host Dmitry Kiselyov, who some label Russia’s chief propagandist. However, Russia worries that the United States, after...
PONARS Eurasia 03-01-2019
(Moscow Times) On Feb. 28, a Russian court denied bail and house arrest for U.S. citizen Michael Calvey, who was jailed two weeks earlier on alleged fraud charges. For over two decades, Calvey has been one of the country’s most respected foreign investors. Facing an outcry at home and abroad, the Kremlin might now have misgivings. Perhaps this case will help focus minds on the value of foreign investment and reform for Russia’s economic future. Since 1994...
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