PONARS Eurasia 01 Aug 2017
(BI) Moscow retaliated against new US sanctions over the weekend by demanding that 755 diplomatic workers, many of them American,be cut from the US Embassy in Moscow and from US diplomatic missions in St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, and Vladivostok. The reprisal was far from surprising. President Barack Obama issued new sanctions in December, and Congress had been debating the legislation for months before recently passing it, leaving Russian...
Pavel Baev 01 Aug 2017
(EDM) It has gradually dawned on the Russian leadership that the legislation approved by the US Congress amounts not just to some more tightening of sanctions, but to the downgrading of Russia’s status on the international arena to that of a “pariah state” on par with Iran and North Korea. Until recently, Russian diplomacy had been making a big fuss around the denied access to two vast estates in New York and Maryland, and President Vladimir...
PONARS Eurasia 31 Jul 2017
(Deutsche Welle) Vice President Pence's visit to Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro is a new bid to try to calm the nerves of America’s European allies. In an ironic twist, the White House has hinted at the real reason for the trip. Sometimes press communiques contain kernels of truths, sometimes unintentionally. The Trump White House's curt official announcement of Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Europe seems like one of those statements. "At...
PONARS Eurasia 31 Jul 2017
(Bloomberg) After the stiff formality of the G-20 summit earlier this month, President Vladimir Putin is engaging in some more relaxed diplomacy with the west. Russia’s leader arrived in Finland on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the former duchy’s century of independence. Together with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Putin will hop on a steamboat built in 1893 for an hour-long lake cruise near the southern part of the border between the two...
Harris Mylonas 31 Jul 2017
Nation-building may be defined as the process through which the boundaries of the modern state and those of the national community become congruent. The desired outcome is to achieve national integration (Reference Works: Concepts and Definitions). The major divide in the literature centers on the causal path that leads to national integration. Thus, nation-building has been theorized as a structural process intertwined with industrialization,...
Dmitry Gorenburg 28 Jul 2017
(War on the Rocks) The Russian Navy is keen on showy demonstrations of strength. Just in the last week, it has begun an exercise with the Chinese navy in the Baltic Sea and sent its largest warship, the Peter the Great nuclear cruiser, and the world’s largest submarine, the Dmitry Donskoi, from the Northern Fleet to the Baltic to participate in the Navy Day parade on July 30. In another act primarily significant for its symbolism, Vladimir...
Kimberly Marten 26 Jul 2017
(Washington Post) Bilateral negotiations on cyber issues may be starting soon between Russia and the United States, following President Trump’s recent meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Beyond the substantive concerns at stake, what should U.S. negotiators expect from their Russian counterparts in terms of negotiating style and tactics? Analysts from both the West and Russia have noticed some striking continuity in how Russia...
Mikhail Troitskiy 20 Jul 2017
(ABC) Political analyst and associate professor Mikhail Troitskiy discusses the significance of Donald Trump's second meeting with Vladimir Putin during a G20 summit dinner.  Listen © abc.net.au

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