Pavel Baev
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The end of a full year after Vladimir Putin was elected president on March 4, 2012, coincided very closely with the 60th anniversary of Josef Stalin’s death, which greatly shocked the traumatized Soviet society of 1953 but never became sufficient closure to the era of terror...
Kimberly Marten
(H-Diplo) How can we understand the important phenomenon of modern-day warlords, often associated with state failure and transborder criminality even as state leaders frequently rely upon them as a source of order or peace in the most difficult of conditions? Kimberly Marten’s Warlords: Strong-Arm...
Arkady Moshes
(FIIA) Vladimir Putin’s third term as Russia’s president allows us to draw parallels with the USSR under the leadership of Yuri Andropov 30 years ago. Political rights are being suppressed, yet Putin has to tread carefully so as not to step on the toes of the elites. Any ideas of modernizing Russia...
Andrey Makarychev
It seems that German diplomacy found a new role to play in Eastern Europe – assisting housing and labor market reforms in Belarus. Incomprehensible housing tariffs, legal imperfections, unprotected consumer rights, excessive red-tape regulations – all these mundane issues were discussed at a two-...
PONARS Eurasia
Q:  Recently, Michelle Obama announced the Academy Award for Argo, a movie about the rescue of Americans in Iran. Some Russian analysts interpreted it as a political move against Iran. What is your view? A:  "I hadn't realized it was being construed that way.  That's very amusing.  Suffice to say...
Andrey Makarychev
“Europe doesn’t function!" Ulrique Guerot, one of the leading German voices in European affairs, made this emotional statement at a round table discussion (“Building a European Democracy: Mapping the Approaches”) convened by the European Council of Foreign Relations and the Mercator Foundation in...
Pavel Baev
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) Last week marked the anniversary of the shocking performance staged by the Pussy Riot punk rock group in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. And this year saw a spectacular increase in the density of “patriotic” political noise silencing common sense in debates over...
Harris Mylonas
(GWU) "Greece: the Path Forward" - Harris Mylonas, PONARS Eurasia member and assistant professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University, discusses the challenging political situation in Greece. Click here to see the video | © The Elliott School of...
Sergey Minasyan
The 2013 presidential election was held in Armenia on February 18. According to the preliminary report of the Central Election Commission, incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan won with 58.6% of the vote; Raffi Hovannisian, the head of Heritage, an opposition party in parliament, came second with 36.7...
Dmitry Gorenburg
Here’s an Oxford Analytica brief I wrote a few months ago. This was originally published November 19, 2012. There have been a number of new developments since then, but this is still worth reading for my perspective of what worked, what didn’t, and what challenges Shoigu will be facing in the near...

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