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Pavel Baev 18 Sep 2018
(EDM) The predictable monotony of the high-level panel at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok last week (September 11­–13) was interrupted by President Vladimir Putin’s suggestion that Russia and Japan sign a long-overdue peace treaty by the end of the year (Kommersant, September 13). The idea might have looked fresh; but in fact, it was not only unacceptable but deliberately insulting to Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. The latter had invested much...
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Robert Orttung 17 Sep 2018
(RAD) Peter Reddaway’s book explains how Putin stays in power by relying on the siloviki. The president has created divisions among two main groups in Russia’s key security and law enforcement agencies and makes himself indispensable by playing them off against each other. While Putin is able to remain in power, these battles have terrible consequences for Russia since they undermine the legitimacy of the government, rule of law, and the country’s...
Andrey Makarychev 17 Sep 2018
Normative and Civilisational Regionalisms: The EU, Russia and their Common Neighbourhoods The International Spectator, July 2018 By Andrey Makarychev https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03932729.2018.1483630   A Tale of Two Orthodoxies: Europe in Religious Discourses of Russia and Georgia Ethnopolitics, July 2018 Co-authors: Shota Kakabadze and Andrey Makarychev https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17449057.2018....
Henry Hale 14 Sep 2018
(Geopolitics) (Co-authored by Oxana Shevel and Olga Onuch) Abstract: How do people form beliefs about the factual content of major events when established geopolitical orders are violently challenged? Here, we address the tragic events of 2 May 2014, in Odesa, Ukraine. There, Euromaidan protest movement supporters and opponents clashed following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the onset of the Donbas conflict, culminating in the worst civilian...
Jordan Gans-Morse 13 Sep 2018
(WPR) Evidence of ethics violations by President Donald Trump and his inner circle continues to accumulate, with a rash of plea deals, indictments and guilty verdicts broadsiding the White House in recent weeks. But while Americans grapple with what some observers have called the most corruptpresidential administration in U.S. history, a remarkable wave of anti-corruption activism has swept the rest of the globe.  In the past...
Dmitry Gorenburg 13 Sep 2018
(WP) Military analysts around the world are keeping a close eye on Russia’s annual fall military maneuvers, as this year may turn out to be the largest post-Cold War show of force. Vostok-2018 kicks off this week in Russia’s Far East and the Pacific Ocean, along with auxiliary exercises before and after the main event. The big news this year is the addition of joint exercises with China. What do these military exercises entail, and what do...
Andrew Kuchins 11 Sep 2018
(Journal of Eurasian Studies) Abstract: This article examines U.S. policy toward the supercontinent of Eurasia from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the present. The baseline for U.S. policy was established in 1992, the prevention of a peer competitor emerging in Eurasia. The initial focus for ten years was on assistance to promote Russia's transition to becoming a market democracy while simultaneously hedging against the return of a revanchist...
Pavel Baev 11 Sep 2018
(EDM) The annual Russia-hosted Eastern Economic Forum is about to open (September 11–13) in Vladivostok, and President Vladimir Putin has arrived there to greet the leaders of China, Japan, Mongolia and South Korea. This carefully prepared ceremony should provide relief for him from the mounting tensions in relations with the West and from the difficult bargaining in Tehran with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

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