Henry Hale 27 Mar 2013
Rumors that Uzbekistan’s 75-year-old president, Islam Karimov, has suffered a heart attack have recently set off speculation of a looming succession struggle in Central Asia’s most populous country. Whether or not these are true--and they have been denied by some close to the president--they highlight how the “stability” that such rulers claim their systems produce can be transitory, potentially leading to civil strife or even civil war. And...
Pavel Baev 25 Mar 2013
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The Cyprus issue has dominated political debates and intrigues in Moscow through last week, turning into a test of sorts for Russia’s ability to respond to acute external challenges. The financial disaster on the island that has become so intimately familiar to many Russians has by no means been averted, but the provisional result on the diplomatic test is clearly negative. President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister...
25 Mar 2013
(East Asia Forum) China’s rise has been the subject of a great deal of debate over the last two decades. Scholars and policy makers alike understand that China’s growing power is likely to have tremendous consequences for the world economy and politics. Yet China’s direct involvement in global governance has not received a lot of attention. Just how big a role has China had in global governance, and why? What should the international community...
Andrey Makarychev 22 Mar 2013
While en route to an event in Germany, Edward Nalbandyan, foreign affairs minister of Armenia, should have anticipated a tough conversation ahead. That the German community of political experts is rather critical of Armenia was illustrated by DGAP analyst Stefan Meister, who, a few days prior to Nalbandyan’s visit, published a working paper in which he claimed that it is only because of Moscow’s support of Yerevan that Armenian troops maintain...
Cory Welt 22 Mar 2013
(IPN) Cory Welt is interviewed on Georgian political developments by Koba Bendeliani, IPN Georgia/InterPressNews, March 22, 2013. Q: On Thursday, the Parliament voted unanimously to pass the constitutional amendments limiting the President's powers to dissolve the government. What does it mean? Welt: I think what happened on Thursday was a remarkable development. For the last several weeks, I have been of the view that the discussions...
Sufian Zhemukhov 22 Mar 2013
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, recently visited Karachay-Cherkessia, a Russian republic in the North Caucasus, and met with republican head Rashid Temrezov. I asked three prominent experts to comment on the meeting: Valeriy Dzutsev, North Caucasus analyst - Mahmoud Abbas' visit to Karachay-Cherkessia shows that Moscow would like to make use of its allies in the Middle East to pacify the North Caucasus. The ideal...
Sergey Markedonov 22 Mar 2013
Foreign politicians are infrequent visitors to the North Caucasus. That alone would be sufficient reason to pay attention to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' mid-March visit to the North Caucasian republic of Karachay-Cherkessia. What is the significance of such a visit for Russian domestic and foreign policy? There is no simple answer to this question. It is doubtful that Abbas' visit to Karachay-Cherkessia would have a strong impact on...
Andrey Makarychev 22 Mar 2013
Among all European countries, Germany has the deepest tradition of not only engaging Eastern Europe politically and economically, but also discursively shaping Osteuropa as a region. Russia is a part of this East European imagery, though under different guises. Recently, three different events took place in Berlin that unveiled three faces of today’s Russia and presenting three different messages to Germany’s policymakers. Story 1: Ryzhkov’s...

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