Marlene Laruelle
This memo hopes to revisit the old Islamism/democratization paradigm in Central Asia and to provide some new avenues for debate. It sets out from three hypotheses: Generational changes underway in the region are giving rise to new ways of formulating the place of Islam in the public space; these...
Sergiy Kudelia
The Cox-Kwasniewski mission was launched on the initiative of the European Parliament in June 2012. Its purpose was to resolve the issue of “selective persecution” exemplified by Yulia Tymoshenko’s jailing, which remains a key obstacle to signing the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU...
Dmitry Gorenburg
As the drawdown of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan has accelerated in preparation for the end of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2014, media attention has come to focus on the extent to which equipment being withdrawn from the region will be left behind for Central Asian states to use. At...
Dmitry Gorenburg
Ilya Kramnik has put together a handy set of summary tables of Russian naval surface ship construction, including contracts signed. The Russian original is here, and re-posted here, for those interested. The total for the Russian Navy as of November 17, 2013: 41 contracted combat ships, incl. 2...
Adam Stulberg
The changing natural gas landscape—driven by the rise of liquid natural gas (LNG) projects, unconventional boom in North America, protracted global economic slowdown, post-Fukushima recalibration in the nuclear sector, and shifting geography of demand and supply—has renewed debate over the...
Henry Hale
Why have non-democratic regimes in the post-Soviet space been so durable? Some leaders whose human rights records are regularly criticized, from Belarus in the west to Kazakhstan in the east, have been in power now for close to two decades if not more. The formative experience of a whole new...
Andrew Barnes
Russia’s economy is obviously energy-reliant, but how vulnerable does that make it in practical terms? What would happen if global energy prices dropped significantly? In the shadow of the shale gas and oil revolution, this memo examines how a drop in energy revenues would affect Russia in three...

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