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Kornely Kakachia 05 Dec 2019
(EUobserver) The EU's eastern neighbourhood is in flux. The collapse of the pro-reform government in Moldova and the stagnation of anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine was recently followed yet by another political crisis in Georgia. On 14 November, Georgia's ruling party, the Georgian Dream (GD) backtracked from its major political promise to introduce the proportional electoral system...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Dec 2019
(RFI) Allied Heads of State and Government meet in London for a two-day Nato summit to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the alliance. But deep divisions are already evident between US President Donald and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, while Turkey’s Recip Erdogan has come up with strict conditions of his own. [...] “Certainly such words as ‘brain dead’ indicate that there is no...
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PONARS Eurasia 04 Dec 2019
(Global Voices) Protests continue in Georgia's capital of Tbilisi after the ruling Georgian Dream party reneged on a promise for electoral reform. On at least two occasions last week, police used water cannons against protesters, who have been picketing the parliament building to demand that the government transition to a fully proportional electoral system. As tensions have risen,...
Samuel Greene 04 Dec 2019
(Moscow-On-Thames) For the latest another addition to my (very long) list of reasons why the community of international relations scholars who call themselves realists should be banned from using the term, see (if you have the stomach) Tom Graham’s latest foray in Foreign Affairs. If you don’t have access to the journal, you can get the gist of the idea from Serhiy Kudelia’s...
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Pavel Baev 03 Dec 2019
(EDM) Russia regularly mixes demonstrations of military might and claims of devotion to cooperation with the West as a means of weakening Western solidarity. And Moscow has been fine-tuning this conspicuously contradictory signaling ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) 70th anniversary, which is being celebrated at the London Summit this week (December 3–4). Russian...
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Nargis Kassenova 02 Dec 2019
(Chatham House) A partial handover of political power through an orchestrated transition takes Kazakhstan into uncharted territory. Will it be able to pursue modernization and reform, and break from its authoritarian past?  Authors: Annette Bohr, Dr Nigel Gould-Davies, Kate Mallinson, James Nixey, Birgit Brauer, Nargis Kassenova, Joanna Lillis, and...
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