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PONARS Eurasia 19 Nov 2010
  This week's NATO Lisbon Summit is set to launch “NATO 3.0.” The follow-on NATO-Russia Summit heralds “NATO-Russia 3.0,” the latest effort to reinvigorate security cooperation after the stagnation of the Permanent Joint Council (1997) and the NATO-Russia Council (2002). With plans to have Russia join in European missile defense and to contribute to train-and-...
PONARS Eurasia 17 Nov 2010
  “In order to modernize, change the Putin system.” -Boris Nemtsov Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Nizhny Novgorod Governor Boris Nemtsov presented his prospects for democracy in Russia at a FPI luncheon in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Sharing a dais with CFR’s Dan Senor, his message was that "Russia's people need democracy, human rights, and...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Nov 2010
  Which outcome is more likely over the next decade? Azerbaijan’s recent election returned one opposition deputy to parliament (at best), whereas Kyrgyzstan’s election sent five parties to parliament, resulting in lengthy negotiations to determine who will govern the country. a. Kyrgyzstan will succeed in consolidating a parliamentary democracy. b. Azerbaijan’s political...
Henry Hale 05 Oct 2010
  Henry E. Hale The George Washington University On Friday, Ukraine’s Constitutional Court annulled the 2004 constitutional reform that had effectively created a balance of influence over executive power between the president and parliament. This division of power was the main reason Ukraine experienced five years of democracy after the Orange Revolution, the only time Freedom House...
Joshua Tucker 28 Sep 2010
  The Firing of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov: A Reader's Guide (Originally published by Joshua Tucker on The Monkey Cage) Earlier today Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev fired Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov (see here and here for good news reports). For those of you who don’t closely follow the soap opera that is “As the Kremlin Turns”, here is a quick guide to bring you up...
Cory Welt 27 Aug 2010
  On August 25, the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies held a seminar on the implications of the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, in which some innovative discussion was devoted to the question of future status for Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Earlier this month, a number of pieces that came out to commemorate the second anniversary of the war also looked over...

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