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Dmitry Gorenburg 18 Sep 2019
(RMR blog) One more in the series of policy briefs on Russian strategic culture and leadership decision-making, written for a collaborative project organized by the Marshall Center with support from the Russia Strategy Initiative. This one is on Russian naval strategy in the Mediterranean, written in June but only recently published. As with the last one, I am posting the full text here with...
PONARS Eurasia 18 Sep 2019
(Edgemarkets) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang kicked off a three-day visit to Moscow on Monday, where he hopes to counter the effects of the US trade war with agriculture deals. But analysts warned he might find Russia wanting more economically from its neighbour in the face of ongoing Western sanctions. While Li’s visit was mainly economic, the two prime ministers would continue the tone set by Xi...
PONARS Eurasia 18 Sep 2019
(Kyiv Post) The economy is improving. Long-stalled land reforms are on the way. A historic prisoner swap with Russia was just completed. And the novice president is proving himself surprisingly tough and adept in dealing with the revanchist Kremlin regime to the north. Just over 100 days into Volodymyr Zelensky’s term, that strange sound you hear is the sound of optimism in Ukraine....
Marlene Laruelle 17 Sep 2019
(Co-authored with Sophie Hohmann) This article advances the notion of “Polar Islam” to describe the birth and structuring of Muslim communities in Russia’s Arctic cities. It does not assert that Arctic conditions have created an entirely specific Islam; most of the features attributed here to “Polar Islam” can easily be found in other regions of Russia. Yet the climatic conditions,...
Henry Hale 17 Sep 2019
(Post-Soviet Affairs) We know from prior research that non-democratic regimes can become vulnerable when elites anticipate succession at the top, but we know little about what shapes these elites’ expectations. This study examines connections between such expectations and Russia’s relationships to the outside world. Analysis of elite opinion data from the 2016 Survey of Russian Elites...
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Marlene Laruelle 17 Sep 2019
(Rowan & Littlefield) This social and cultural analysis provides a new understanding of Kazakhstan’s younger generations that emerged during the rule of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been presiding over Kazakhstan for the thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Half of Kazakhstan’s population was born after he took power and have no direct memory of the Soviet regime. Since the...

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