Andrey Makarychev
May 9 is Victory Day for Russia and Europe Day for the EU. These continental celebrations, however, form an indicative illustration of how far away from each other Moscow and Brussels are – not only symbolically, but politically as well. While Russia celebrates its past military strength, Europe...
Harris Mylonas
In my book, The Politics of Nation-Building, I explore the reasons behind a state’s choice to assimilate, accommodate, or exclude ethnic groups within its territory.[1] I develop a theory that focuses on the international politics of nation-building arguing that a state’s nation-building policies...
Dmitry Gorenburg
In the aftermath of the public protests that accompanied the 2011–12 Russian electoral season, the topic of civil society in Russia returned to a level of prominence it had not had in Russia since the immediate aftermath of the period of mass protest that brought down the Soviet government in the...
Sufian Zhemukhov
During the days when the global media was covering the perplexing events and exploring the North Caucasian roots of the terroristic acts in Boston, another remarkable and somewhat neglected event happened in the North Caucasus. A Chechen state paramilitary group attempted to enter Ingushetia but...
Henry Hale
Research on patterns of electoral revolution in post-Soviet countries strongly suggests that Afghanistan may be ripe for revolution in or before 2014, when elections are scheduled to choose President Hamid Karzai’s successor. These conditions include a sociopolitical context oriented more toward...
Andrey Makarychev
Regretfully, anti-European rhetoric in Russia is on the rise. The Russia Today TV Channel (“RT”) readily covers the most Euro-skeptic parties all across Europe. Pseudo-scholars like Alexander Dugin contemplate Russia's chances to subsume the crisis-ridden Europe. Fiodor Lukianov, a pro-Kremlin...
Pavel Baev
Russia’s position on Syria’s civil war has been criticized so devastatingly in the Western media and proven wrong by so many political analyses so convincingly that it might appear useless and impolitic to re-open the issue. Yet Russia’s allegedly self-defeating position has turned out to be...
Kimberly Marten
(CBS, USA Today) Acting Director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute and PONARS Eurasia member Kimberly Marten discusses Chechnya, the home country of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Marten researched Chechnya for her book, Warlords Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States. See the...
Pavel Baev
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The news that the Boston terrorists are ethnic Chechens who have lived in the United States for many years may be shocking for many Americans, but in Russia it does not seem that surprising. How Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become so alienated from the country that became his home...

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