PONARS Eurasia 20 Aug 2013
(MSNBC) (Discussion with Kimberly Marten) Given the range of critical issues between the U.S. and Russia, including Syria, Afghanistan and Iran, can tensions in the relationship between the two countries lessen? Kimberly Marten from Columbia University and The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons joins MSNBC’s Karen Finney to discuss. Click here to view the video. Click here for a [somewhat accurate] Russian-language transcript of Marten's interview on...
Pavel Baev 15 Aug 2013
The Arctic touches deeper feelings in the Russian political mind than just greed for resources or fear of military threat. Beneath typically grandiloquent rhetoric, there is a deep sense of belonging to the vast cold and clean spaces of the Far North, often translated into the desire to own them. This feeling involves many conflicting aims, which Russia's Arctic Development Strategy 2020, approved by President Vladimir Putin in February this...
Kornely Kakachia 15 Aug 2013
(Report) Azerbaijan-Georgian relations: The Foundations and Challenges of the Strategic Alliance is the first comprehensive report on the dynamics of bilateral relations. Co-authored by Kornely Kakachia and Zaur Shiriyev. Click here to view the report | © Center for Strategic Studies (SAM)
Harris Mylonas 14 Aug 2013
(Korea JoongAng Daily) This year marks 110 years since the first batch of Koreans immigrated overseas. These immigrants first left Korea to escape poverty (and later colonization by Japan), and to pursue dreams and education. Some 7.26 million Koreans - about 10 percent of the Korean Peninsula’s entire current population - have since immigrated to more than 160 countries around the world. And these immigrant Koreans - whether in the United...
Dmitry Gorenburg 13 Aug 2013
I was back on bloggingheads.tv Foreign Entanglements with Robert Farley (from Lawyers, Guns and Money) again this week, talking about US-Russian relations. We talked about the causes of the cancellation of the Putin-Obama summit, and discussed the two countries’ unproductive paradigm with respect to Syria. We also talked about how  the Russian public has responded to Snowden.  Inevitably, the topic of a potential Olympic boycott in response to...
Samuel Charap 12 Aug 2013
(Foreign Policy) On August 7, the White House finally ended the suspense about whether or not President Barack Obama would visit Moscow after the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg this September. "Following a careful review begun in July," a statement by the president's press secretary read, "we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September...
Joshua Tucker 07 Aug 2013
(The Monkey Cage) Earlier today the White House announced that President Obama would cancel his planned September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Here are some thoughts on this decision from my colleagues at PONARS Eurasia: Kimberly Marten, Barnard College, Columbia University: Obama did exactly the right thing: a symbolic personal rebuff for a symbolic personal rebuff. Obama had made it clear that the Snowden case was his line...
Shairbek Juraev 06 Aug 2013
On August 1, Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon paid a quick visit to Moscow to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Commentators agree the visit is essentially linked to the expected presidential elections in Tajikistan in November, as Rakhmon needs to ensure full support for himself in Moscow. Russian-Tajik relations remain fairly complicated. Some key unresolved issues that have dominated the bilateral agenda for past years...

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