PONARS Eurasia 04 Jan 2017
(WNYC Radio) The FBI and DHS released a Joint Analysis Report yesterday highlighting the ways in which the Russian civilian and military intelligence services acted to influence the American election - malicious cyber activity that the U.S. government is officially referring to as GRIZZLY STEPPE. The release of the report coincided with the Obama administration's first direct action against Russia, which arguably the largest response to a state...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Jan 2017
(NPR) What actions can be taken against Russia for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election? Siegel: Professor Kimberly Marten of Barnard College is a scholar of U.S.-Russia relations, and she joins us now. Welcome to the program once again. What effect do you expect these sanctions would have on Russia? Marten: Well, it's not clear they'll have any immediate effect, but they might have some long-term consequences. The first is that the U.S...
Henry E. Hale 30 Dec 2016
Will incoming U.S. President Donald Trump usher in a new era of US-Russia cooperation? Many in Russia think so, as do some in the US. But early signs warn the time ahead could become more volatile than before and cooperation could come at a high price. Is it within Trump’s power to change US-Russia relations? Certainly, and he is unlikely to feel constrained by public opinion or Congress. Going against the “conventional wisdom” was the hallmark...
Ayşe Zarakol 20 Dec 2016
(LRB Blog) At 7.05 p.m. Turkish time yesterday, the Russian ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead in an Ankara art gallery, while visiting an exhibition entitled Russia through Turkish Eyes. The assassin, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, an off-duty Turkish police officer in a suit and tie, calmly shot Karlov in the back several times; spoke in Turkish about Aleppo, with his hand in the air, one finger pointed upward (a jihadi sign, symbolising ‘takbir...
PONARS Eurasia 20 Dec 2016
(CSM) When the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday proposed a resolution praising outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for supporting the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, Russia stood up to its Western colleagues and said no. The wording about sexual minorities, whom Russian President Vladmir Putin disdains, was replaced with a benign reference to the “most vulnerable” and “marginalized.” The Security...
Sufian Zhemukhov 15 Dec 2016
(RAD) Abstract: Following the election of Donald Trump as president of the US, the Kremlin officially announced its conditions for improving relations between the two countries, including demands that it did not make to the previous administration. It seems that the Kremlin believes that Trump painted himself into a corner with his promises “to get along with Russia,” and Putin intends to take advantage of the situation. Read More © Russian...
Robert Orttung 15 Dec 2016
(RAD) Abstract: Russia played an unusually large role in the chaotic 2016 American presidential election. President Vladimir Putin was an object of debate between the two candidates, while the Russian government was seen as intervening in the election. Russia’s purpose likely was not to support either of the candidates, but to undermine the legitimacy of American democracy. Read More © Russian Analytical Digest
PONARS Eurasia 14 Dec 2016
(CBC) Mitch McConnell should have known. And, well, there's a chance he did — possibly even months before the presidential election. As the Senate majority leader announced Monday that a bipartisan panel would investigate Russia's suspected meddling in the U.S. election, the timing of his principled call for a review seemed a bit rich to some observers. [...] Meanwhile, Trump continues to publicly discredit the intelligence apparatus he's about...

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