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(PIN Points) In the mid-1980s as the establishment of a Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) program was being planned in Vienna at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze is reported to have noted that when countries have a conflict it was the US and not the USSR that was called on to mediate and negotiate. As a result, he sent a security member to Vienna to join PIN and learn...
Tags: Troitskiy, Russia
PONARS Eurasia 19 Jun 2017
Russia faced a new wave of popular protests on June 12 challenging the political status quo and denouncing widespread corruption. Contrary to what happened during the prior protests on March 27, the Russian government reacted this time by arresting hundreds of people, including Alexey Navalny, and hampering the structuring of street dynamics. Five PONARS Eurasia members, Pavel Baev, Mariya Omelicheva, Graeme Robertson, Tomila Lankina, and...
Judyth Twigg 07 Jun 2017
(P&P blogs) It has become commonplace to talk about nearing the "finish line" on polio eradication, but critical challenges remain along the last mile. Courageous vaccinators confront a varied array of daily challenges and threats. Anti-vaxxers scare away vulnerable parents and families with disproven claims about links between vaccines and autism, leading to serious recent measles outbreaks in Italy and Romania, among theme park vacationers...
Tags: Twigg, Ukraine
Pavel Baev 06 Jun 2017
(EDM) The St. Petersburg Economic Forum (held on June 1–3) is a one-of-a-kind high-profile event, where Russian business elites camouflage their worries through demonstrations of loyalty, and in which high-level lobbying for or against reforms is mixed with expensive entertainment. Government officials are allowed a bit of freedom to express their disagreements with one another, but the main attraction is always the presentation delivered by...
Tags: Baev, Russia
Henry Hale 05 Jun 2017
I just got back from a great conference at the University of Helsinki and thought I’d share some of the most striking research findings presented there. Celebrating the conclusion of the fifth year of the Aleksanteri Institute’s Finland Distinguished Professorship held by Vladimir Gel’man, it focused on “Politics and Governance in Russia: Comparative Perspectives.” Several papers examined how Putin “rules....
PONARS Eurasia 05 Jun 2017
In these two blog posts, Vlad Strukov and Andrey Makarychev explore the notion of (in)completeness in two pan-continental geopolitical projects: EU/Europe and Russia/Russian World/Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The concept of (in)completeness, according to Strukov, accounts for the ongoing processes of re-visiting and re-modelling these two dominant geopolitical projects from an identity perspective. He suggests that (in)completeness defines the...
(China-US Focus) The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States at first seemed likely to rearrange the U.S.-Russia-China strategic triangle.  If you remember your geometry lessons, we now have an isosceles triangle—China occupies the pivotal position at the top and has better relations with both Russia and the United States than they have with each other.  Initially it appeared that the new Administration aimed to...
(Monkey Cage) (Co-authored by D. Gjukovikj)  A series of dramatic events have been unfolding in the small and historically peaceful Balkan country of Macedonia. Although these events have received much less international attention than Brexit, French elections or even the Eurovision contest, they have significant implications for the rest of Europe and should garner greater attention. Here’s the background Macedonia is one of the states that...
Tags: Sokhey, Macedonia, EU

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