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PONARS Eurasia 12 Oct 2017
(ASEEES) To recognize outstanding scholarship and contribution to the field, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) annually awards several prizes and awards.  Juliet Johnson's book, Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World (Cornell University Press), won the Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies for outstanding monograph on Russia...
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(phys.org) Because religion often influences people's opinions on hot-button issues, such as same-sex marriage and abortion, most would expect religious people to be more motivated to engage politically overall. However, a new study led by a University of Kansas researcher has found that religiosity by itself often serves as a deterrent rather than a mobilizing force for nonviolent political engagement. "Since religious beliefs, by...
(Asia Policy) The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), announced by Xi Jinping in 2013 and comprising both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road, has provoked admiration for China’s growing economic power but also reluctance to endorse it. In Russia, the Kremlin at first saw the initiative as confirmation of an emerging rivalry with China in the post-Soviet space, especially an attempt to pull the five Central Asian republics away...
(Asia Policy) n 2013, President Xi Jinping announced China’s Silk Road Economic Belt—the land-based component of the Belt and Road Initiative—during his visit to Astana. The choice of the venue did not seem accidental. Kazakhstan had already become a prime partner for China in Eurasia, with various connecting infrastructure projects completed or underway and with bilateral cooperation diversifying and blooming. The announced Silk Road...
Harris Mylonas 29 Sep 2017
(World Politics) (Co-authored with Kendrick Kuo) Nationalism continues to be an important ideology that informs the way state elites formulate and implement foreign policy. The relationship between nationalism and foreign policy is complex: there are many relevant levels of analysis and multiple causal pathways linking nationalism and foreign policy. Scholars have identified national masses, elite policymakers, and the nation-state itself as...
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Harris Mylonas 27 Sep 2017
(Foreign Affairs) Every year in early September, Greece kicks off its political season with an address from the prime minister at the start of the Thessaloniki International Fair. This year was no different. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras opened the event with an optimistic talk about the recovering economy, and how Greece would soon “graduate” from the bailout agreements. He claimed that his government had acquired valuable experience from...
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Juliet Johnson 22 Sep 2017
(Russian Review) (Co-authored by David Woodruff) Abstract: Currency crises have been a recurrent feature of Russia's post-Soviet experience. This article examines three episodes of sudden and sharp ruble depreciation in 1998, 2008, and 2014–16. We examine these crises and their political consequences as iterative episodes in the Russian government's ongoing efforts to deal with its structural dependence on energy revenues and...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Sep 2017
PONARS Eurasia is pleased to make available five thematic policy memo volumes to mark the program's 20th Anniversary! (Also see the Annual Conference page.) Europe’s Eurasian Challenge [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"5928","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"794","style":"width: 100px; height: 143px;","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"554"}}]]   Navigating Turbulent Regional Waters:...

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