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PONARS Eurasia 07 Apr 2020
(VOX) If many people get infected in Moscow, Russia’s showpiece capital, it could ruin the myth of Putin as the country’s protector.  The coronavirus has yet to hit Russia hard. But when it does, as many experts soon expect, it could prove a huge challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a fragile time for his rule. [...] Those heavy-handed measures may do some good,...
Andrey Makarychev 07 Apr 2020
(NPSA | University of Chicago) The introduction to this symposium opens a discussion on the transformation of the liberal international order through studies of regions located at Europe’s margins, where new dynamics of power relations are on the rise and the appeal of illiberal ideas and forms of governance is growing. The symposium’s articles give a variety of analytical perspectives on...
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PONARS Eurasia 06 Apr 2020
(Oxford University Press) We live in a period of great uncertainty about the fate of America's global leadership. Many believe that Donald Trump's presidency marks the end of liberal international order-the very system of global institutions, rules, and values that shaped the American international system since the end of World War II. Trump's repeated rejection of liberal order, criticisms...
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Volodymyr Dubovyk 06 Apr 2020
(Ukraine Analytica) The US remains the only true superpower with a global reach. In reaching out to the Black Sea, the US has a variety of tools and levers: diplomatic, political, economic, and military. It acts here unilaterally and also as a team member. Does the Black Sea area belong to the list of priorities for the US? The range of interests in play for the US here is wide: security,...
PONARS Eurasia 03 Apr 2020
(RFE/RL) There he was, riding down the escalator at one of Russia's leading infectious disease hospitals alongside Vladimir Putin as the president toured the facility and its preparations for the coronavirus epidemic. There he was, announcing sweeping new restrictions for Russia's capital on March 30, catching Moscow's 12 million residents off-guard and sending them scrambling to run...
PONARS Eurasia 02 Apr 2020
(NPR) The Central Asian country of Turkmenistan claims it has no coronavirus cases. But if you happen to utter the word "coronavirus" while waiting, say, for the bus in the white-marbled capital Ashgabat, there's a good chance you'll be arrested. That's because the Turkmen government, run since 2006 by the flamboyant dentist-rapper strongman Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov,...

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