Mikhail Troitskiy
(U.S.-Russia Relations: Quest for Stability) The Soviet collapse fueled violent separatism within Georgia. Two of its semi-autonomous regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, declared independence and successfully sought Moscow’s informal patronage. In 2003 Georgia saw the first post-Soviet “color...
Timothy Frye
(Wilson Center) On February 28, 2014, pro-Russian gunmen seized key buildings in Crimea. In response, the United States levied economic sanctions against Russia on March 6. Approval ratings for the Russian leadership then soared and remained high for more than four years. Were these high ratings...
Richard Arnold
(EDM) On May 28, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) arrested three Ukrainian citizens who staged an explosion in the lobby of a resort hotel in the major Black Sea port city of Odesa. The suspects were allegedly also planning to launch another terrorist act. Reportedly, the activists, led by 40-...
Nargis Kassenova
The Elections and Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy: Continuity But For How Long? Foreign policy was not at center-stage during the 2019 presidential elections in Kazakhstan. The main candidate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, selected by Nursultan Nazarbayev and endorsed by the ruling Nur Otan party, pledged to...
Dinissa Duvanova
A Schizophrenic Mixture of Repression and Appeasement Marks Executive Succession In Kazakhstan On June 2nd Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was inaugurated the second president of Kazakhstan. After Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned his post on March 19, 2019, acting interim president and long-time loyalist...
Mikhail Alexseev Mikhail Alexseev
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Numerous academic studies have shown that economic hardship, ethnoregional divides, corrupt governance, and war are bad for democracy, particularly in states where democracy has weak historical roots. By those yardsticks, one might expect public support for democracy in...
Pavel Baev Pavel Baev
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) The Caucasus remained strikingly stable for a whole decade after the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008. Neither the explosion of turmoil in the Arab world from 2011 nor the escalation of the Syrian war from 2015 reverberated deeply in this region. The April 2018...
Erica Marat
(Monkey Cage blog) It’s a conflict familiar in post-Soviet nations: Democratic expectations meet unreformed police forces. After Kazakhstan voted for president on June 9, police arrested thousands of protesters who believed the regime falsified the results. Since independence in 1991, Kazakhstan...
PONARS Eurasia
(U.S.-Russia Relations: Quest for Stability) Cyber disruptions. Military encounters. Geopolitical instability. Economic sanctions. Even the risk of nuclear annihilation. How did we get here? Today the increasingly fraught U.S.-Russia relationship has entered a dangerous era of confrontation....

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