Pavel Baev
(Eurasia Daily Monitor)—The dramatic resolution of the fiscal-political crisis in the United States was barely noticed in Moscow last week (October 16–17) as two dissimilar events of a local character but heavy resonance focused public attention. The first one was a mass riot in the Moscow suburb...
PONARS Eurasia
(FOX News Latino) “The Russians are very aggressively trying to expand into every market they can with their arms,” said Andrew Kuchins, the director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Washington D.C.-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “A large and important...
Polina Sinovets
The arrival of new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sparked a new round of speculations concerning the future of Iran’s nuclear program and Tehran’s ability to find common ground with the international community. Russian authorities tend to be of the opinion that the main challenge in dealing...
Andrey Makarychev
Guest post by Boris Lanin and Lana Lanina — Russia’s relations with Ukraine are overloaded with political symbolism, even more so as we get closer to the November Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit. Last week’s boxing match in Moscow between Russian Alexander Povetkin and Ukrainian Wladimir...
Henry Hale
Candidates are now coming forward for Afghanistan’s presidential election next year. Incumbent Hamid Karzai is by all accounts trying hard to retain control over the process. While Karzai is stepping down as required by the country’s presidential term limits, he wants to be sure his successor is...
Yulia Nikitina
In preparation for the 2014 withdrawal of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops from Afghanistan, there have been numerous discussions about what comes next. While a role for Russia and Central Asian states is often considered, a role for the Collective Security Treaty Organization...
PONARS Eurasia
(CSM) "The big protests we saw in 2010 attracted a lot of notice, and there was a lot of talk about fixing the problems, but due to the very short timeline our politicians work with, nothing was done," says Nikolai Petrov, a political scientist at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Mr....

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