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PONARS Eurasia 03 Jan 2020
(VOA) While the international attention on China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang has focused mainly on ethnic and religious issues, Beijing’s economic development plans in the strategic region also play a key role in shaping the conflict, some experts and observers say. [...] According to Sean Roberts, a professor of international development at George Washington University,...
Tomila Lankina 02 Jan 2020
(Post-Soviet Affairs) (Co-authored with Katerina Tertytchnaya) A growing literature explores the causes and consequences of dramatic political protests in autocracies. Yet, we know comparatively little about other forms of protests in these regimes. The Lankina Russian Protest-Event Dataset (LAruPED) facilitates the investigation of protest in Russia, a classic example of an electoral...
Anar Valiyev 18 Dec 2019
(NYU Jordan Center) In 2009, Azerbaijan and five other former Soviet republics signed Eastern Partnership initiative with the European Union. This agreement marked the beginning of a new era of cooperation between these countries and the Union. Even as each member state has pursued its own interests within this cooperation, the Kremlin has carefully and jealously watched from the...
Marlene Laruelle 13 Dec 2019
(Springer) (Co-authored by Sergei Samoilenko) This chapter examines character assassination as a set of strategies used by conflicting parties in international affairs. Specifically, it views character assassination as strategic communication embedded in the context of political standoff. Mass media manufacture political conflicts by incorporating character assassination into their...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Dec 2019
(Mirror Spectator) Statements were issued and news appeared which indicated that the ministers had been spinning their wheels, as usual. The ministers have made contradictory statements while the OSCE statement has tried to paper over the differences, counting among their contributions to the parties prisoner exchanges, journalists’ visits between the two countries, the relaxation of...
Arkady Moshes 12 Dec 2019
(LSE) (Co-authored with Ryhor Nizhnikau) While most recent attention has been drawn to the diplomatic effort to achieve progress in the conflict resolution in Ukraine’s Donbas, which culminated in the summit of the Normandy Four earlier this week, the process of internal change in the country has somewhat slipped out of focus. It might be high time to bring the issue back into the limelight....

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