Andrey Makarychev 27 Feb 2013
“Europe doesn’t function!" Ulrique Guerot, one of the leading German voices in European affairs, made this emotional statement at a round table discussion (“Building a European Democracy: Mapping the Approaches”) convened by the European Council of Foreign Relations and the Mercator Foundation in Berlin. Other participants were more moderate: for them Europe does function, but it is not popular any longer. Debate on the future of Europe would...
Pavel K. Baev 25 Feb 2013
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) Last week marked the anniversary of the shocking performance staged by the Pussy Riot punk rock group in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. And this year saw a spectacular increase in the density of “patriotic” political noise silencing common sense in debates over such matters as separation of church and state, homosexual “propaganda” or the adoption of Russian children by American families. This noise has...
Harris Mylonas 25 Feb 2013
(GWU) "Greece: the Path Forward" - Harris Mylonas, PONARS Eurasia member and assistant professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University, discusses the challenging political situation in Greece. Click here to see the video | © The Elliott School of International Affairs  
Sergey Minasyan 21 Feb 2013
The 2013 presidential election was held in Armenia on February 18. According to the preliminary report of the Central Election Commission, incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan won with 58.6% of the vote; Raffi Hovannisian, the head of Heritage, an opposition party in parliament, came second with 36.7%, followed by Hrant Bagratyan with 2.15%. To everyone's surprise, the February 2013 presidential election was rather significant and dramatic...
Dmitry Gorenburg 21 Feb 2013
Here’s an Oxford Analytica brief I wrote a few months ago. This was originally published November 19, 2012. There have been a number of new developments since then, but this is still worth reading for my perspective of what worked, what didn’t, and what challenges Shoigu will be facing in the near future… —– SUBJECT: Key accomplishments of Russia’s military reform and its mid-term prospects. SIGNIFICANCE: Russia’s defence industry remains in a...
Andrey Makarychev 20 Feb 2013
Vladimir Putin’s Russia claims to be back to the “premier league” of world politics. However, hidden behind such exclamations of national grandeur is “bare life,” a physical struggle for survival without properly functioning institutions. This metaphor, coined by the political philosopher Giorgio Agamben, nicely catches the gist of Russia’s trouble. Other such allegories were sounded out at the International Winter School "Transformation of...
Marlene Laruelle 20 Feb 2013
(EurActiv.com) As the NATO drawdown from Afghanistan approaches, the European Union looks more and more at post-2014 spillover threats to Central Asia. According to a recently released UN report on Afghanistan, despite registering a decrease overall in the number of civilian deaths in 2012 (the first time in six years), the death toll spiked in the second half of the year, compared with the same period in 2011, leading some analysts to suggest...
Pavel K. Baev 19 Feb 2013
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk in the early hours of February 15, as damaging as it was, produced even more jokes than material destruction. One of those was about the State Duma urgently approving legislation banning the incursions of celestial bodies because of their pronounced anti-Russian inclinations (Newsru.com, February 15). The joke captures the frantic activity of the Russian parliament, which has...

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