Grigore Pop-Eleches
(Comparative Political Studies) (Co-authored by Joshua Tucker) Abstract: Communist regimes were avowedly leftist authoritarian regimes, a relative rarity among autocracies. The growing literature on regime legacies would lead us to expect that postcommunist citizens would be more likely to exhibit...
Mikhail Alexseev
(Journal of Peace Research) (Co-authored by Henry Hale) Abstract: Do international economic sanctions backfire politically, resulting in increased rather than decreased domestic support for targeted state leaders? Backfire arguments are common, but researchers have only recently begun...
Richard Arnold
(EDM) Street protests continue against the leader of the Buddhist province of Kalmykia and look set to escalate, with a large demonstration planned for October 27. The protests concern the appointment of the former head of the self-proclaimed and Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR),...
Samuel Charap
(Rand) Russia's 2015 military intervention in Syria's civil war took many by surprise and raised questions about the potential for similar actions in other conflicts outside of post-Soviet Eurasia. The authors of this report assess where and under what conditions Moscow could intervene again by...
PONARS Eurasia
(Washington Post) hen Vladi­mir Bukovsky was released from a Soviet prison in 1976 in an event that drew front-page headlines around the world, he was 33 years old and had already spent about a third of his life in captivity. A dissident since his student days, he had attracted the ire of Soviet...
PONARS Eurasia
(Washington Post) Facebook announced Wednesday that it had removed three networks of accounts it says are associated with Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the Kremlin-linked businessman U.S. authorities charged with interfering in the 2016 presidential election. The networks — which included...
Andrey Makarychev
(International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics | Co-authored by Alexandra Yatsyk) Abstract: In this article we explore the cognitive potential of the intertwined concepts of representation and performativity for studying a series of sportive and cultural mega events hosted by Russia from 2013...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The memorandum of understanding on Syria signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Sochi, on October 22, was seen as a triumph in Moscow (see EDM, October 24); but the jubilation evaporated in a matter of days. The Kremlin grew upset regarding...
PONARS Eurasia
(Chatham House Ukraine Forum) Olexiy Haran sits down with the Ukraine Forum to reflect on the opportunities and challenges facing the new leadership of Ukraine. "There's the huge trust of the population in President Zelensky. It's about 70%, and therefore people believe that reforms would be...

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