Sergiy Kudelia
(Point & Counterpoint) The frontrunner in the Ukrainian presidential campaign is someone who has never held a government position and has no record of political or civic activism. Rather, Volodymyr Zelenskiy has risen to prominence by ridiculing on stage the very politicians he is now running...
Volodymyr Ishchenko
(Rosalux) Loren Balhorn (LB): Ukraine is scheduled to hold presidential elections at the end of the month, preceding elections to the national parliament, or “Verkhovna Rada,” later this year. Is there anything special about the timing? What exactly is the president’s role in the Ukrainian...
PONARS Eurasia
(RFE/RL) Having ruled Kazakhstan with an authoritarian grip since the 1980s, President Nursultan Nazarbaev shocked many when he unexpectedly announced his resignation on March 19. "This year marks the 30th anniversary of my term as the supreme leader of our country," Nazarbaev said during a hastily...
PONARS Eurasia
(NYTimes) MOSCOW — After 30 years in power, the aging president of Kazakhstan jolted the oil-rich former Soviet republic and the region at large on Tuesday with the surprise announcement that he was resigning. Nursultan Nazarbayev, 78, the last surviving president in Central Asia to have steered...
Elise Giuliano
(Foreign Affairs) New Laws Could Create Dangerous Divisions. he Ukrainian presidential election is only weeks away, and its outcome is highly uncertain. President Petro Poroshenko is lagging in the pollsbehind Volodymyr Zelensky, a television actor whose only political experience consists of...
PONARS Eurasia
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A political scientist at West Virginia University is researching the vulnerability of states that border a hostile, larger power and how that proximity affects the ability of those countries to provide basic services to their people. In this case, that power is Russia. Erik...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) By mid-March 2014, Russian “little green men” took full control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. And on March 18, President Vladimir Putin made a jubilant address to the Russian Federation Council (upper chamber of parliament) on the “reunification” with Crimea, asserting, “In people’s hearts...

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