PONARS Eurasia 26 May 2017
(Eurasianet) For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to escape persecution from authorities in neighboring Azerbaijan. But in recent months, a number of high-profile Azerbaijani opposition activists have been denied residency permits in Georgia, prompting accusations that Tbilisi is collaborating with Baku to make life more difficult for the Azerbaijani opposition. On April 19, an opposition rapper and journalist, Jamal...
Erik Herron 24 May 2017
(WRNR Talk Radio) Erik Herron discusses Russia, U.S.-Russian relations, Syria, Chechnya, Vladimir Putin's domestic political system, Russia's undermining of Western institutions, the situation in Turkey, Donald Trump's orientation on foreign interventions, Trump campaign-Russia relations, Russian disinformation, China's global engagements, human rights, and more (starting at timestamp 27:30). Listen here © WRNR Talk Radio
Scott Radnitz 23 May 2017
(University of Washington) The presidency of Donald Trump has vast implications for international affairs and even the internal politics of other countries — it could lead to geopolitical realignments on a global scale. In response, the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington has launched a class on “Trump in the World: International Implications of the Trump Presidency.” This lecture by Scott Radnitz focuses on...
PONARS Eurasia 22 May 2017
(The Diplomat) Over the past two weeks – or over the past 18 months, really – there has been no shortage of stories, angles, and questions surrounding the relationship between Moscow and U.S. President Donald Trump. From Trump’s former national security adviser misleading other White House officials about communications with Russia to Trump firing FBI head James Comey due, at least in part, to ongoing investigations into Russian ties to Trump’s...
PONARS Eurasia 22 May 2017
(WFAE Charlotte) When Donald Trump was running for president, the Kremlin didn't make a secret that it preferred him to Hillary Clinton. The thinking in Moscow was that Clinton would follow President Obama in trying to diminish Russia's role in the world. Trump, on the other hand, promised not only to be friendlier to Russia, but to turn established U.S. foreign policy on its head. Now it might seem that Russian President Vladimir Putin's...
PONARS Eurasia 17 May 2017
(NYTimes) MOSCOW — President Trump’s acknowledgment that he shared intelligence on terrorism with Russia was something of a coup for President Vladimir V. Putin, whose mantra about forging a global alliance to fight violent extremists never gained much traction in the West. [...] “The problem is that both Russia and the U.S. mean different things when they talk about the fight against terrorism in Syria,” said Ivan Kurilla, an expert on Russian...
Farid Guliyev 16 May 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo)The oil price shock that began in mid-2014 has continued to reverberate in Azerbaijan, sending the economy into deep recession and negative real GDP growth rate (-2.4 percent in 2016). Declining volumes of oil production, which peaked at 1 million barrels a day (b/d) in 2010, and impending depletion of petroleum reserves over the next 15-20 years, alerted the government of the need to boost the non-oil sectors of the economy...
Pavel Baev 16 May 2017
(EDM) The Kremlin continues to cling to hopes that it can build a rapport with the Donald Trump administration; those expectations copiously developed at the start of the year, only to succumb to one cold shower after another since then. Yuri Ushakov, President Vladimir Putin’s long-serving foreign policy aide, recently asserted that the “difficult legacy” left by the Barack Obama administration was gradually sorted out despite the resistance...

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