Brian Taylor 20 Sep 2013
The government of President Vladimir Putin has tightened the screws on Russian society since his return to the Kremlin in May 2012. This crackdown has been carried out by the parliament, law enforcement agencies, and the courts. There have been high-profile trials like those of Pussy Riot and Aleksey Navalny, a campaign against “foreign agent” NGOs, increased penalties for participation in unauthorized protests, broadened definitions of treason...
James Richter 20 Sep 2013
In the first year of Vladimir Putin’s second presidency, apparently in response to the mass demonstrations of the last election cycle, the Kremlin launched a comprehensive campaign to intimidate, stigmatize, shut down, and even prosecute nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that receive assistance from foreign donors, particularly from the United States. At the same time, the administration significantly increased government funding of “...
Sergiy Kudelia 20 Sep 2013
Over the last month, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych came close to fulfilling the most audacious hopes of Europhile Ukrainians. He reasserted the finality of Ukraine’s European choice when the Kremlin threatened with introducing additional trade barriers to Ukrainian exports. He coerced MPs from his own Party of Regions into submission demanding unanimous support for EU-backed legislative acts. He then rushed through the parliament those...
Nikolay Petrov 19 Sep 2013
In order to maintain Vladimir Putin’s hybrid political regime, it is constantly necessary to reconcile the interests and conflicts of various subsystems “by hand.” If this is not done, internal conflicts can accumulate until they reach the surface, potentially destroying the entire system. The weak point of any hybrid regime is the juncture between the real and the decorative, with elections serving as the best example of this. The overpowering...
Andrey Makarychev 19 Sep 2013
On the eve of the September 22, 2013 parliamentary elections in Germany, I asked some German colleagues whether the already-finished campaign had any effect on German’s foreign policy, particularly regarding Russia and Eastern Europe. Barbara von Freitag, adviser to German MP Andreas Schockenhoff, thinks that,  unfortunately, “after an intense debate on relations with Russia throughout the year, this electoral campaign had no foreign policy...
Kimberly Marten 19 Sep 2013
When most analysts look at Russian foreign policy today, they treat Russia as if it is a unified state with a meaningful strategy and clear goals. They focus on Russian national interests, state security concerns, relative power in the international system, or the cultural identity and tendencies of the Russian nation. Sometimes they focus on Vladimir Putin as an authoritarian leader, and foreign policies are assumed to reflect Putin’s...
PONARS Eurasia 17 Sep 2013
We are pleased to draw your attention to the online quarterly DAG-3QD Peace and Justice Symposium: The Elusive Quest for Political Stability in Central Asia and Beyond, with Alexander Cooley, Pavel Baev, and David Lewis as distinguished participants. Click here for details (3quarksdaily.com). Read the essays: The Elusive Quest for Political Stability: Diverging Approaches by the United States, Russia, and China in Central Asia and Beyond by...
Cory Welt 16 Sep 2013
(ARKA News Agency) No countermeasures should be expected in response to Armenia’s decision to join the Customs Union, Professor of Elliott School of International Affairs Cory Welt said, as quoted by Novosti-Armenia. After the negotiations of Armenian and Russian presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin on September 3, a statement was made about Armenia’s intention to join the Russia-initiated customs union. Before, Armenia was expected to...

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