“Uzbek Terrorism” and the Logical Inconsistencies of Extreme Vetting
12 Jan 2018
(EDM) Premature announcements of political triumphs often result in negative blowback, but Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration of victory in the Syrian war was debunked particularly swiftly (see EDM, January 11, 2018). Putin’s definition of victory included three key points: asserting...
(Carnegie Council) The French-Russian relationship is based on a long-standing tradition of cultural exchanges. In the 19th century, France was already one of the preferred destinations for Russian political exiles, and subsequently received several of the major waves of Russian emigration in the...
(EJIS) Abstract: This article re-examines the history of NATO’s original post-Cold War enlargement to include the Visegrad states of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. It uses both published materials and the author’s new interviews with key US and Russian policymakers, and employs robust...
(BBC) On the last day of 1999, Boris Yeltsin went on national television to apologize for his failures and to announce his resignation, taking the world by surprise. Tomila Lankina reflects on Yeltsin's legacy, along with Yeltsin’s wife Naina Yeltsina, and compares it to the Putin period. Listen ©...
(Journal of Democracy) (Co-authored by Samuel Greene) The Kremlin’s ability to maintain power and popularity despite an aging leader, an ailing economy, a rallying opposition, and many other domestic and international challenges is puzzling given current theories of authoritarianism. These...
(EDM) In practical terms, Russia has not yet begun 2018—the country awakes from its traditional holiday vacation only on Tuesday (January 9). That said, Russians’ common reflection on the year past can easily be summed up with “Good riddance!” By almost any measure, 2017 was not particularly...

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