(Part 1 of 2) The Military Industrial Commission’s Public Chamber is considering a report on the effectiveness of arms imports, international cooperation and technology transfer in Russia’s military industrial complex. The report is authored by Viktor Murakhovsky and Ruslan Aliev. The report...
  The Caspian Forum held in Istanbul clearly demonstrated the 21st century’s facets of state capability. Economic interests are only achievable within a wide framework of security, geo-political, socio-cultural, and humanitarian endeavors. This recalls soft power approaches: interdependence,...
  Russia has recently intensified its efforts to improve its image in Berlin, one of the most important of European capitals. The multiple cultural events at the end of the 2012 sponsored by Russia, including of course Gazprom, were meant to foster cultural diplomacy, and not [quite] as an...
(Journal Article) Reform has been relatively successful in Georgia because, after the Rose Revolution, the new government used its dominance of the state to fire a huge number of officers, purge the old leadership, and instigate a crackdown on police corruption and links with organised crime. This...
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(WNYC) PONARS Eurasia member and Barnard/Columbia University political science professor Kimberly Marten discussed topics addressed in her book "Warlords: Strong-arm Brokers in Weak States" on New York City's Brian Lehrer radio show. Marten specializes in international relations and international...
  The Pussy Riot affair comes in different versions: it can be told as a legal case, a moral storyline, or a political gesture. It is this mixture of different genres that makes it so hard to reach a relative consensus in covering the story. But drawing lines between different logics and roles is...
(ISPI Article) When nearly 13 years ago, in 2000, Putin became president for the first time, I wrote a policy memo entitled Why The Russian Economy Is Unlikely to Become a New “Asian Tiger.” In particular, I argued that there is a need to increase government investment into infrastructure (to...

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