PONARS Eurasia 12 Jun 2017
(Ukrainian Weekly) Russia’s timeworn orchestrated efforts to denigrate Ukrainian identity and culture were on full display this week when a judge convicted the head of the country’s only state-run Ukrainian literature library located in Moscow for “extremism.” A municipal court on June 5 in the capital gave Natalia Sharina, a native Muscovite and ethnic Russian, a four-year suspended sentence for “inciting national enmity or hatred.” Ostensibly...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Jun 2017
The book by Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov, Putin's Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia, will be open access for the next 60 days. The online access is shared by the authors and the Taylor & Francis sharing initiative. View the book (enhanced PDF) | Routledge  
Judyth Twigg 07 Jun 2017
(P&P blogs) It has become commonplace to talk about nearing the "finish line" on polio eradication, but critical challenges remain along the last mile. Courageous vaccinators confront a varied array of daily challenges and threats. Anti-vaxxers scare away vulnerable parents and families with disproven claims about links between vaccines and autism, leading to serious recent measles outbreaks in Italy and Romania, among theme park...
Pavel Baev 06 Jun 2017
(EDM) The St. Petersburg Economic Forum (held on June 1–3) is a one-of-a-kind high-profile event, where Russian business elites camouflage their worries through demonstrations of loyalty, and in which high-level lobbying for or against reforms is mixed with expensive entertainment. Government officials are allowed a bit of freedom to express their disagreements with one another, but the main attraction is always the presentation delivered by...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Jun 2017
(National Post) KYIV, Ukraine — Chrystia Freeland’s journey from a rabble-rousing student intent on trying to help throw the Soviet Union out of Ukraine to becoming Canada’s foreign minister takes another turn Tuesday when she gives an address to Parliament that is being touted as an occasion that will shape the country’s foreign policy for years to come. One of the major thrusts of Freeland’s speech is expected to be about how Canada will...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Jun 2017
(Panorama.am) The arrest of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli fully fits into the logic of Azerbaijan’s authorities to silence any criticism against the regime, Sergey Minasyan, political analyst, Deputy Head of Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute, said in an interview with Panorama.am. “This comes as a part of similar actions which are in fact based on Aliyev’s obsession with clinging onto power at any costs. People, who express anti-Aliyev...
Henry Hale 05 Jun 2017
I just got back from a great conference at the University of Helsinki and thought I’d share some of the most striking research findings presented there. Celebrating the conclusion of the fifth year of the Aleksanteri Institute’s Finland Distinguished Professorship held by Vladimir Gel’man, it focused on “Politics and Governance in Russia: Comparative Perspectives.” Several papers examined how Putin “rules.” Alexander Libman presented a...
PONARS Eurasia 05 Jun 2017
In these two blog posts, Vlad Strukov and Andrey Makarychev explore the notion of (in)completeness in two pan-continental geopolitical projects: EU/Europe and Russia/Russian World/Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The concept of (in)completeness, according to Strukov, accounts for the ongoing processes of re-visiting and re-modelling these two dominant geopolitical projects from an identity perspective. He suggests that (in)completeness defines...

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