PONARS Eurasia 18 Apr 2017
(TMN) Host Luke Vargas discusses the U.S.-China relationship in the age of President Trump. When Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Trump earlier this month U.S. strikes in Syria overshadowed the encounter. But there’s far too much at stake for U.S.-China relations to stay quiet for long – from the possibility of a trade war to the simmering question of North Korea, controversy in the South China Sea and competing global visions. We’re...
Kimberly Marten 17 Apr 2017
(Foreign Affairs) Most reports on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow earlier this week have focused on the negative. Commentators have decried the inability of the United States and Russia to find a way forward in Syria and Ukraine, highlighting the harsh rhetoric from both Moscow and Washington surrounding Wednesday’s meetings. U.S. President Donald Trump told a press conference immediately afterward that relations between...
Serghei Golunov 14 Apr 2017
(Eurasia Border Review) The paper focuses on the Russia-U.S. cross-border area that lies in the Bering Sea region. Employing the concept of geographical proximity, I argue that the U.S.-Russian proximity works in a limited number of cases and for relatively few kinds of actors, such as companies supplying Chukotka with American goods, border guards conducting rescue operations, organizers of environmental projects and cruise tours, and...
Yuri M. Zhukov 14 Apr 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) The U.S. intelligence community’s January 6 report about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election highlighted the role of Russian media organizations in spreading fake news and amplifying leaked materials in an attempt to manipulate public opinion. While few Americans receive their news directly from Russian sources, it is hard to dispute that a major consequence is that U.S. journalists and policymakers now...
Andrey Makarychev 14 Apr 2017
(Co-authored with A. Yatsyk) Yuri Lotman (1922-1993) was a prominent Russian intellectual and theorist. This book presents a new reading of his semiotic and philosophical legacy. The authors analyse Lotman's semiotics in a series of temporal contexts, starting with the rigidity of Soviet-era ideologies, through to the post-Soviet de-politicization that - paradoxically enough - ended with the reproduction of Soviet-style hegemonic discourse in...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Apr 2017
(NPR) Radio hosts Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish speak with Russian expert Kimberly Marten about her thoughts on Rex Tillerson's first official diplomatic visit to Russia. [...] MARTEN: Well, if we look in detail at what happened in Syria, it had to have embarrassed President Putin that Assad decided to use chemical weapons because Putin had sort of staked his reputation on the successful 2013 chemical weapons accord. And so Assad, by using...
Pavel Baev 11 Apr 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) The U.S. missile strike on Syria’s al-Shayrat airbase may not signify a major change in the course of the tragic civil war (as it had momentarily seemed), but it certainly revealed weaknesses in Russia’s positions in the war zone and in the Middle East. As regional stakeholders with which Moscow had cultivated ties—from Turkey to Israel to Saudi Arabia—rushed to praise the U.S. show of force, questions about the rationale...
PONARS Eurasia 10 Apr 2017
(PBS Newshour) Syrian officials on Saturday surveyed the damage caused by recent U.S. military strikes on a government airfield that were in retaliation to a chemical attack on Syrian civilians. American officials also threatened new sanctions against the country. For more on the situation in Syria and the U.S. military's role there, New America fellow Doug Ollivant and political science professor at Columbia University Kimberly Marten join...

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