PONARS Eurasia 28 Feb 2017
(ARKA) Escalation of clashes, shootouts and sabotage raids in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone into an all-out war is unacceptable to Russia, a Russian political analyst Sergey Markedonov told Novosti-Armenia news agency. According to the defense ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, on February 25, Azerbaijani forces carried out two attacks at the Karabakh-Azerbaijan line of contact in the direction of Martakert and Akna. Karabakh...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Feb 2017
(VICE) Donald Trump says the United States has fallen behind and must return to the “top of the pack” in nuclear weapons capability. The president on Thursday called a recent report of a missile deployment and arms control violation by Russia a “big deal” that he would raise with Russian President Vladimir Putin if the two meet. Moscow has a decidedly different view. From the Kremlin’s perspective, Washington has unfairly held back Russian...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Feb 2017
(Ukranian Weekly) Ukrainians were interested in joining the European Union before the Euro-Maidan, but it was not at the top of their list of nation-building priorities. The idea of Ukrainians identifying themselves with Western Europe, rather than with Russia, did not generate enough power to mobilize the nation until 2014. In a recent lecture at the Shevchenko Scientific Society’s chapter in Montreal, Olexiy Haran, professor of comparative...
Anar Valiyev 24 Feb 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) The unexpected results of last summer’s UK Brexit referendum significantly impacted the perception of Azerbaijanis about their country’s future cooperation with the EU. Britain is a major investor in Azerbaijan and has played the role of Baku’s EU champion. London has been the preeminent defender of Baku initiatives from within the EU, among other things advocating for the Baku-Ceyhan gas pipeline to Turkey and Europe as...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Feb 2017
(Pacific Standard) China has, in recent years, embarked on a far-reaching, oft-chimerical quest to pacify its restive far-Western region of Xinjiang, home to the predominantly Muslim ethnic Uyghurs. And now Beijing is busily building a “security state” in the region, according to one scholar on Uyghur affairs. This month, amid reports of heightened violence in Xinjiang, China’s push has seen tightened controls on movement and prompted a large,...
Samuel Greene 22 Feb 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Within the next 24 months, the international sanctions imposed on Russia after the annexation of Crimea and the instigation of conflict in the Donbas will likely weaken—despite the near certainty that neither Moscow’s policies toward Ukraine nor its domestic politics will have significantly improved in Europe’s view. The ascent of Donald Trump in the United States, the emergence of “Brexit,” the likely election of a new...
PONARS Eurasia 22 Feb 2017
(Charlie Rose) Kimberly Marten addresses U.S.-Russia relations on the Charlie Rose show with interviewer John Hockenberry. The discussion covers the Trump administration's handling of relations with Russia, the Ukraine conflict, sanctions, the Russian press, NATO, China's influence, oil markets, and intelligence leaks.  Watch Here (transcript available) © Charlie Rose 
Samuel Greene 21 Feb 2017
(FP) Forget about dealing with Trump or Putin. Europe’s Russia strategy should focus on winning over the Russian people. — If there were ever a time for Europe to develop a Russia strategy independent of Washington, it is now. For most of the period since Russia annexed Crimea, Russian propagandists and foreign-policy mouthpieces have been harping on Europe to break ranks with Washington, pursue its natural material interests, and do a deal....

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