Pavel K. Baev 18 Jan 2017
(EDM) Russia is frequently in the news these days, but its diplomatic successes at the start of the new year have been rather limited. Denials of Moscow’s various misbehaviors aside, the most significant step over the just-concluded extended holiday season was President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan in mid-December (RT, December 15, 2016). That visit generated high expectations and rampant speculation, particularly considering the scarcity of...
Timothy Frye 18 Jan 2017
(Salon) As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to ban Muslims from the entering the country and to make Mexico pay for a border wall. He pledged to level the economic playing field with China and renegotiate the “very bad” Iran deal. These policies were red meat for his political base, even if he served them a bit on the rare side as compared with his Republican predecessors. Trump’s Russia policy is different. His admiration of...
PONARS Eurasia 18 Jan 2017
(WPR) A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor says people shouldn't expect the truth anytime soon about the authenticity of the dossier containing unsubstantiated information about Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the allegations "total nonsense" Tuesday and a complete fabrication to "undermine the legitimacy" of the president-elect before he's sworn into office Friday. Putin went on to call...
PONARS Eurasia 18 Jan 2017
(UkeTube) Why has Ukraine had such a difficult time since independence? Why are reforms continuously stalled? Henry E. Hale and Robert W. Orttung discuss these and other key issues in Ukraine, based on their book: Beyond the Euromaidan: Comparative Perspectives on Advancing Reform in Ukraine (Stanford University Press, Sept. 2016). See the Interview: YouTube (UkeTube Channel) | Facebook - - - - - Partial transcript/topics with timestamp: - 1:00...
PONARS Eurasia 17 Jan 2017
(WJAC) As Democrats ratchet up rhetoric denouncing Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, critics say President Obama failed to challenge Vladimir Putin sooner and experts fear that President-elect Donald Trump will walk back efforts to check Russia’s international ambitions. [...] Some foreign policy experts say the perception of Obama as underestimating Putin and ignoring Russia’s transgressions is overly simplistic...
Samuel Greene 17 Jan 2017
(CPS) (Co-authored with Graeme Robertson) Abstract: Personality research is a growing field in political behavior, but most research to date is confined to democracies. We expand the scope to Russia, an authoritarian regime, and find that the impact of personality is substantial but different from the existing literature. We find that agreeableness, a personality trait associated with a desire to maintain positive relations with others that is...
Mikhail Troitskiy 17 Jan 2017
From an historical perspective, two challenges have been making U.S.-Russia cooperative relations difficult. One challenge has to do with the actions of both sides. The other challenge involves how they describe what is going on in their relations. ​The first (practical) challenge is that the United States and Russia have found it difficult or unnecessary to signal mutual intentions and have maintained uncertainty about those intentions. On one...
PONARS Eurasia 17 Jan 2017
(WSJ) As the U.S., U.K. and others hit pause on globalization, China is flexing its economic muscle with an ambitious infrastructure-building spree that would connect up to a third of the world’s people. In recent years, Beijing has set up a range of institutions and groupings that are being mobilized to promote China’s interests. [...] Mr. Xi’s—and China’s—biggest calling card is the mega-infrastructure Silk Road initiative, also known in...

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