PONARS Eurasia 13 Dec 2016
(Fusion) Seemingly every week a big news item draws attention to the close relationship between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia. With the announcement that Trump is nominating ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state—someone with a historically close working relationship with Russia—this week is no different. [...] According to Robert Orttung, a professor of international affairs at George Washington University, Russia’s...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Dec 2016
(VOA) President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Monday that he would announce his choice for secretary of state this morning. Several news U.S. organizations – most citing anonymous sources within Trump's transition team – report Trump plans to name ExxonMobil chairman and chief executive officer Rex Tillerson. The notion that Tillerson will get the nod was further bolstered when Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the 2012 Republican...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Dec 2016
(Newswise) A West Virginia University political science professor says Donald Trump’s campaign ties to Russian interests should raise red flags. The Republican presidential nominee appeared to call on Russian officials in July to find his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s emails and release them. “I cannot recall any modern presidential campaign in which a candidate suggested that a foreign government, or foreign interests, should actively...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Dec 2016
(PolitiFact) Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee and President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff, tried in an interview on Meet the Pressto dismiss news reports that the CIA believes Russia aimed to boost Trump’s election chances. [...] "The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Dec 2016
(AAAS) Leaders of authoritarian regimes in Central Asia have been able to use rhetoric to define their power as legitimate to the public despite practices of human rights violations and clamping down on dissent, according to a new study by a University of Kansas expert on international relations. "Those governments have been fairly effective in mobilizing public support through discourse that has shaped the public's understanding of what it...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Dec 2016
(GT) GEORGIA TODAY met Kornely Kakachia, Executive Director of the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) and Renata Skarziute-Kereselidze, GIP Program Manager, to discuss international affairs. [...] Kakachia: It’s a challenging time right now not only for Georgia but for the whole world, with an unclear picture of how US foreign policy will evolve over the next four or five years. Of course, it will affect Georgia as well as the whole region....
PONARS Eurasia 06 Dec 2016
(Russia Direct) The victory of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election was one of the most discussed topics by Russian think tanks in November. In fact, it took everyone by surprise, with Russian analysts rushing to figure out the potential implications. In addition, the Syrian crisis remains at the top of the discussion agenda. According to Russian analysts, the upcoming elections in France and Germany will have an...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Dec 2016
(PolitiFact) One of the most pervasive narratives of the presidential race was that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to upend the election — in a way that helped President-elect Donald Trump. Politicians of both parties condemned the alleged actions of a U.S. adversary. Trump, however, often brushed off claims that Russia was meddling in the election to his benefit, while Hillary Clinton charged that Trump was encouraging Russia...

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