PONARS Eurasia 02 Aug 2013
(The Atlantic) (Article by Olga Khazan) (Cory Welt is quoted)  -- When William Averell Harriman, who served as Secretary of Commerce under President Truman, mentioned "Soviet imperialism" in a speech in Seattle, writer Ilya Ehrenburg wasted no time airing his disgust on the pages of the Soviet publication Pravda. American warmongers want to drop bombs on the Soviet Union because they don't like its social order, Ehrenburg wrote, but the Soviet...
Marlene Laruelle 02 Aug 2013
(The National Interest) (Co-author: Scott Radnitz) While U.S. foreign-policy makers are currently preoccupied with the Middle East—chaos in Egypt, raging civil war in Syria and ongoing violence in Libya—military strategists are drawing up plans to deal with a region that many see as the next hotbed of instability: Central Asia. Long seen as a powder keg, according to the current thinking, the region is susceptible to extremism, violence, and...
Samuel Greene 02 Aug 2013
(Voice of America) History, it seems, moves too quickly. Not even three short weeks ago, the world’s pundits were consumed by the question of whether to call the military’s return to power in Egypt a coup, and thus whether to condemn it. Today, they are consumed by the question of how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will name the newest heir to the British throne, and thus they have decided, by omission, not to condemn it. A new baby is...
Oxana Shevel 02 Aug 2013
(Video) "The Politics of Memory in a Divided Society: A Comparison of Post-Franco Spain and Post-Soviet Ukraine," a lecture by Oxana Shevel (Оксана Шевель), available on YouTube. Audio courtesy of Center for Russia, East Europe & Central Asia (CREECA), University of Wisconsin-Madison. Contents: - Historical memory, President Viktor Yushchenko sought reconciliation of Ukrainian veterans who fought on different sides during World War Two....
Sean Roberts 02 Aug 2013
(The Diplomat) While the international media has extensively analyzed the demonstrations and street clashes in Turkey, Brazil and Egypt over the last several weeks, there has been very little coverage of the street violence happening in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (aka East Turkistan). The Xinjiang violence has not been as impressive in terms of numbers of protestors and certainly offers less photographic and video documentation...
Andrew Kuchins 02 Aug 2013
(Washington Post) Andrew Kuchins is quoted in the the article, Snowden granted asylum in Russia, leaves Moscow airport. Excerpt: “He will likely live under very restricted conditions with a lot of surveillance,” said Andrew Kuchins, director of the Russian and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. “If he steps out of line, Putin will crush him like a bug.” Russia’s decision to grant...
PONARS Eurasia 02 Aug 2013
(by Olga Gulina) The Russian dream to travel to the EU without visas will most likely not come true soon. Honestly, the first reaction of European politicians to Moscow’s insistence on giving free entrance to Europe for a legion of Russian bureaucrats was even too mild and accommodating. EU Commissioner Cecilia Maelstrom often spoke about efforts that the EU and Russia need to apply to prevent “a looming stalemate in the negotiations on visa...
Andrew Kuchins 01 Aug 2013
For a variety of economic and geostrategic reasons, Russia is again attempting to increase its efforts to develop the economy of its Eastern territories and integrate more deeply into the rapidly developing Asian regional economies. As the Obama administration announced its “Asia Pivot” in 2011, Russia’s own “Asia Pivot” was marked by its hosting of the APEC Summit in Vladivostok in September 2012. Historically, Russia was a primarily European...

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