Henry Hale 01 Mar 2017
(Presidential Power blog) Some observers argue Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been determined to concentrate power in his own hands ever since his May 2014 election and has either failed or not seriously tried to eliminate high-level corruption. Yet nearing the end of his third year in office, he clearly lags far behind where his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych, was three years into his presidency. Indeed, Ukraine in 2017 remains a...
Ayşe Zarakol 28 Feb 2017
The International Studies Association (ISA) Convention is held annually in a different North American city every year, almost always in the United States. This year’s conference was held in Baltimore February 21-25. To my knowledge, ISA is the largest conference for those who study international relations, hosting more than 6,000 scholars and political scientists annually.[1] This year the Trump travel ban hung heavy in the air. After the ban...
Arkady Moshes 28 Feb 2017
(GEURASIA) Before the Ukraine crisis, the ruling regime in Minsk enjoyed a rather comfortable foreign policy position vis-à-vis Moscow. On the one hand, Belarus declared itself Russia’s closest ally, a bulwark against NATO and a committed participant of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). As a member of the bilateral Russian-Belarusian Union State – a unique quasi-confederate format of post-Soviet reintegration,...
(RAD) Abstract: Russian identity politics and, more broadly, the country’s development in modern times has been conditioned by two constitutive splits: between the imperial elites and the peasant masses, on the one hand, and between Russia and Europe, on the other. The current conservative turn aims to overcome the internal split by attuning state policy to mass consciousness, with its alleged preference for ‘traditional values’. This strategy...
Pavel Baev 28 Feb 2017
(EDM) Late February not only marks a momentous anniversary in Russia’s long and difficult history, but also solemnizes a tragic event from its much more recent past. One hundred years ago (March 8, 1917, but February 23 on the Julian Calendar, still used by the Russian Empire), a peaceful revolution dethroned the Romanov monarchy, opening for Russia an opportunity to emerge out of the catastrophe of World War I as a democratic state. Public...
PONARS Eurasia 28 Feb 2017
(ARKA) Escalation of clashes, shootouts and sabotage raids in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone into an all-out war is unacceptable to Russia, a Russian political analyst Sergey Markedonov told Novosti-Armenia news agency. According to the defense ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, on February 25, Azerbaijani forces carried out two attacks at the Karabakh-Azerbaijan line of contact in the direction of Martakert and Akna. Karabakh...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Feb 2017
(VICE) Donald Trump says the United States has fallen behind and must return to the “top of the pack” in nuclear weapons capability. The president on Thursday called a recent report of a missile deployment and arms control violation by Russia a “big deal” that he would raise with Russian President Vladimir Putin if the two meet. Moscow has a decidedly different view. From the Kremlin’s perspective, Washington has unfairly held back Russian...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Feb 2017
(Ukranian Weekly) Ukrainians were interested in joining the European Union before the Euro-Maidan, but it was not at the top of their list of nation-building priorities. The idea of Ukrainians identifying themselves with Western Europe, rather than with Russia, did not generate enough power to mobilize the nation until 2014. In a recent lecture at the Shevchenko Scientific Society’s chapter in Montreal, Olexiy Haran, professor of comparative...

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