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Theodore Hopf 17 Jul 2018
(Cambridge University Press) Existing theories predict that the rise of China will trigger a hegemonic transition and the current debate centers on whether or not the transition will be violent or peaceful. This debate largely sidesteps two questions that are central to understanding the future of international order: how strong is the current Western hegemonic order and what is the likelihood that China can or will lead a successful counterhegemonic...
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Nikolai Sokov 17 Jul 2018
(National Interest) The upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki has generated a storm of warnings about the possible collusion between two presidents intent on crushing the existing international system, on the one hand, and the rest of the international community—the collective West first and foremost—that built that system and is trying to preserve it. This view, although attractive and popular,...
Pavel Baev 17 Jul 2018
(EDM) The culmination of United States President Donald Trump’s European tour occurs today (July 16), in Helsinki, at the anxiously anticipated but far-from-perfectly prepared meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump comes to the rendezvous carrying the baggage of old problems and new controversies (see EDM, July 9, 12) generated during his participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels, his...
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PONARS Eurasia 17 Jul 2018
(Wall Street Journal) After Boris Yeltsin's resignation in December 1999, Vladimir Putin became acting president of the Russian Federation ahead of being elected outright the following spring. Four American presidents--Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Donald Trump--have since tried to fathom his intentions and respond to his domestic and foreign-policy moves. They would all have benefited--or could benefit today--from "The Code of...
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PONARS Eurasia 13 Jul 2018
(Point & Counterpoint) A century ago, on July 16-17, 1918, the Bolsheviks executed the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family. How is this event being commemorated in today’s Russia? Maria Lipman describes the circumstances of the assassination and speaks with Aleksey Makarkin, vice-president of the Center of Political Technologies (Russia), about the reasons for the Russian Orthodox Church’s stance...
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Kimberly Marten 13 Jul 2018
(Foreign Affairs) Ask most commentators and you’ll hear that next week’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is doomed to failure. The United States and Russia share few regional or global interests and have clashed over Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Any lasting grand bargains are unlikely and probably unwise, as some fear that Putin’s KGB-honed...
Natalie Koch 12 Jul 2018
Why do autocrats build spectacular new capital cities? In The Geopolitics of Spectacle, Natalie Koch considers how autocratic rulers use "spectacular" projects to shape state-society relations, but rather than focus on the standard approach—on the project itself—she considers the unspectacular "others." The contrasting views of those from the poorest regions toward these new national capitals help her develop a geographic approach to spectacle. Koch...
Andrey Makarychev 09 Jul 2018
Many in Europe continue to think that certain people or groups within the Russian ruling regime are eager to cooperate and have an understanding of the dangers of the current escalated tensions. Logically, this belief creates a demand for Russian interlocutors who represent the Russian elites (or at least Russian opinion makers) who are potentially open to dialogue with Europeans despite the crisis in relations. In turn, this demand creates supply, and...

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