Sergey Markedonov
(The National Interest) As it gears up to host next February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Russian Federation is carefully considering its position in the Caucasus. Russian president Vladimir Putin recently called on a well-known deputy in the State Duma, Ramazan Abdulatipov, to become the head...
PONARS Eurasia
(Panel Discussion) The Harriman Institute held an event titled "Political Patronage in Uncertain Times: Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East" on February 7, 2013, within their “Corruption and Patronage” project. The panelists were Gulnaz Sharafutdinova (Miami University; PONARS Eurasia member...
Andrey Makarychev
Ukrainian public opinion is split. Not between pro-Russian and pro-European forces as many believe. The dividing lines are more subtle. They are between those who feel offended (and even betrayed) by the EU’s alleged negligence toward Ukraine and those who, despite everything, keep faith in Europe...
Dmitry Gorenburg
In recent weeks, some analysts have started to argue that the military reform promulgated by Anatoly Serdiukov over the last four years is being systematically rolled back by his successor. Given the unremittingly hostile coverage of Serdyukov and the decisions he made during his tenure, this is...
Henry Hale
How many people really support Russian protesters’ demands for a “Russia without Putin?” This was a rallying cry for many Russian citizens who poured into Moscow’s streets in late 2011 and 2012 to express their outrage over what they branded fraudulent election results. Even though the protests...
Samuel Charap
(Journal Article) Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, there have been intermittent hopes that Moscow might play a constructive diplomatic role in resolving it. But the focus on Russia has been deeply misleading. Russia, for reasons that have little to do with Syria itself, was never going to...
Andrey Makarychev
In spite of geography, Kazakhstan is eager to be the most Western-oriented member of the Eurasian Union. This was the key message that Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Yerlan Idrissov implicitly addressed to the German political audience at the DGAP think tank in Berlin/ Idrissov explained how...

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