17 May 2013
(The National Interest) Sochi borders Abkhazia, a de facto breakaway region of Georgia, which is itself a major strategic partner of the United States, the European Union and NATO. Abkhazia’s statehood and national independence have both been recognized by Russia, making the athletic events at...
14 May 2013
(Ifri report) It may appear that Russia is equally dissatisfied with both Western security’s presence in and its departure from Afghanistan planned for 2014, but whether the Western withdrawal is seen as more of a gain a loss depends on how Moscow itself assesses and balances its own security...
14 May 2013
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) Russia has captured much political attention in the West in the last few days because of its allegedly central role in the deadlocked civil war in Syria. Yet, in the domestic debates—boiling hot despite the holiday season—Syria is barely present, while the major point of...
13 May 2013
PONARS Eurasia members discuss the Russian Duma's “foreign agent” NGO law and references to the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA; 1938). The FARA database can be searched here: http://www.fara.gov/quick-search.html U.S. embassy overview about FARA and U.S. laws on NGO foreign funding:...
13 May 2013
There has been a certain uptick of information in the Russian and western media about recent Russian military activities in the North and South Caucasus. Russia’s air force, Black Sea fleet, 102nd Russian regiment (based in Armenia), as well as its 4th (in South Ossetia) and 7th (in Abkhazia) held...
09 May 2013
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...
08 May 2013
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. I develop a theory that focuses on the international politics of nation-building arguing that a state’s nation-building policies...
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