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Arkady Moshes 16 May 2018
(FIIA) Russia’s re-elected president speaks about the need to achieve a “breakthrough”. But his only realistic goal is perpetuation of the regime. Those who watched Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony on May 7 must have paid attention to the TV cameras’ preoccupation with two people on the front row: Dmitry Medvedev, the longest-serving Prime Minister of post-Soviet Russia, and former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. The first figure...
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(IFRI) This report seeks to explain the main trends in Russia’s evolving Afghanistan policy, with the focus on its regionalization, diversification, and new emphasis on diplomacy that culminated in Moscow regional peace consultations. It argues that none of Russia’s Afghanistan-related concerns can be alleviated as long as the armed conflict there continues in full force. This makes Moscow genuinely interested in stabilization. However, the mere...
In this podcast, Gulnaz Sharafutdinova discusses the puzzle of Putin's durable popularity and whether this stems from a unique sense of collective identity in Russia.  "What explains Putin's phenomenal popularity? I refer to it as Putin's magic in Russia because he's been there now for eighteen years. Faith in him seems to be almost increasing, as the leader of the country. What are the reasons for it? I found my answer in social psychology, in...
PONARS Eurasia 14 May 2018
The winner of the 2018 Rothschild Prize is Evgeny Finkel for his book: Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (Princeton University Press 2017). [[{"fid":"6738","view_mode":"media_original","fields":{"format":"media_original","alignment":"left","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"media_original","alignment":"...
PONARS Eurasia 14 May 2018
Recent adjustments to the Russian and U.S. nuclear doctrines demonstrate the urgent need for a renewed dialogue between the two countries on managing their vast nuclear weapons capabilities and potential. The May 10, 2018, workshop, "Beyond Confrontation: The New Nuclear Doctrines of Russia and the United States: Prospects for Averting Destabilization," brought together leading scholars and experts to address questions that...
Hilary Appel 30 Apr 2018
The postcommunist countries were amongst the most fervent and committed adopters of neoliberal economic reforms. Not only did they manage to overcome the anticipated domestic opposition to 'shock therapy' and Washington Consensus reforms, but many fulfilled the membership requirements of the European Union and even adopted avant-garde neoliberal reforms like the flat tax and pension privatization. Neoliberalism in the postcommunist countries went farther...
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PONARS Eurasia 20 Apr 2018
(Geopolitics and Security) The South Caucasus is a region at the nexus of various economic, political, and energy interests. It is currently witnessing some of the most complex and dangerous events in the world today. It features weak states, direct and proxy wars, and a confluence of great power interests. It is a prism for fundamental challenges to the international system, including separatism, security, energy transit, and infrastructure. Read...
Dmitry Gorenburg 20 Apr 2018
MCIS slides on regional security in the Middle East and North Africa Today’s installment of MCIS slides comes courtesy of Sam Charap, who attended the breakout session on regional security in the MENA region. The panel was led off by Lt. General Stanislav Gadzhimagomedov, the Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff. Unfortunately, the Russian MOD has not made available speech texts or video of the breakout...

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