PONARS Eurasia 31 Mar 2017
(Monkey Cage blog) Joshua Tucker asked eight PONARS Eurasia experts on Russian politics: Do the protests that took place across 99 cities in Russia on Sunday signify that meaningful change in Russian politics is likely? Why or why not? Here are the replies. Graeme Robertson: Putin’s vulnerable Theodore Gerber: Any government response will bring out more protesters Sarah Sokhey: Putin has options, so don’t expect change Sergiy Kudelia: Social...
Andrey Makarychev 31 Mar 2017
Kremlin policymakers continue to strategize ways to legitimize their actions toward Ukraine — alongside diminishing chances of Western sanctions being lifted and getting the Trump administration on Russia’s side. Moscow seeks not only to justify its confrontational behavior but to normalize it through selective references to Western political concepts. It hopes that its language of normalization will be more comprehensible for international...
PONARS Eurasia 31 Mar 2017
(ARMENPRESS) March 31 is the last day of election campaign for Armenia's upcoming parliamentary election which will be followed by a day of silence. All 9 political forces taking part in the election presented their election program provisions and their visions over country's development and progress to the public through various platforms. Polticial scientists gave an interview to Armenpress, summarizing the election campaign, as well as...
PONARS Eurasia 31 Mar 2017
(WXOW ABC) You may not think much about the City of Mabel, Minnesota--a town of just under 800 near the border with Iowa--but it's home to one business owner who's made a personal connection with a country in crisis.  Gary Steuart is owner and founder of Steuart Laboratories. In 1982, Steuart Laboratories started making natural healing products for animals. Later on, some of his clients noticed those products were working on people too.[...]...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Mar 2017
The publications on BishkekProject.com are the outcome of an international conference entitled “The Great Powers and Central Asia after Western Drawdown from Afghanistan,” which was co-hosted by Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in June 2016. - - - - - See the publications by PONARS Eurasia members: Ekaterina Stepanova: The ISIS Factor In Afghanistan: How Much Of A Challenge For Russia?...
Ora John Reuter 29 Mar 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) In the 1990s and early 2000s, much of Russian politics revolved around relations between the Kremlin and regional elites. As Putin recentralized federal authority over the course of the 2000s, these relations became less important. However, recent developments suggest that Russia watchers should keep their eye on regional politics. Certain trends in subnational appointments—in particular, the increasing number of governors...
PONARS Eurasia 29 Mar 2017
(CSM) Generally, prestigious private universities with hundreds of students don't get shut down over fairly minor, six-month-old technical issues that have since been resolved. But that is precisely the predicament facing the two-decade-old European University at St. Petersburg, a bastion of Western liberal arts, which has been ordered closed by a district court after a furious conservative assault against it. [...] Nikolai Petrov, a political...
J. Paul Goode 28 Mar 2017
(The Conversation) When Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced his candidacy for the 2018 presidential election, he was seemingly blocked from running for office. But then, in early March, he posted an hour-long investigation into Prime Minister Dmitry Medevedev’s wealth on YouTube. Using drone footage and Medvedev’s own Instagram account, the video alleged that Medvedev used a complicated scheme to channel billions of roubles into...

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