PONARS Eurasia
(Eurasianet) Legend has it that after Jesus ascended to heaven, the Virgin Mary and the disciples drew lots in Jerusalem to pick the lands where they would spread the word of Christ. Mary drew Georgia. And although she never visited the country, the connection has become deeply woven into Georgia’s...
PONARS Eurasia
(Astana Times) Presidential candidates Zhambyl Akhmetbekov, Amirzhan Kossanov, Toleutai Rakhimbekov, Amangeldy Taspikhov, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Sadybek Tugel and Daniya Yespayeva are competing for Kazakhstan’s highest office in the June 9 presidential election, and the candidate elected into...
Ivan Kurilla Ivan Kurilla
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Relations between Russia and the United States have been known to change, for the better or for the worse, within a relatively short period of time. Drawing on historical examples, I analyze cases when relations improved and speculate about the applicability of past...
Harley Balzer
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Recent survey and focus group data indicate that Russians increasingly are questioning whether some of President Vladimir Putin’s policies are worth the price in terms of threats to global peace and damage to Russia’s economy. Rapid fluctuations in Russian public...
PONARS Eurasia
(Mariya Y. Omelicheva and Lawrence P. Markowitz) Counterterrorism experts and policy makers have warned of the peril posed by the links between violent extremism and organized crime, especially the relationship between drug trafficking and terrorism funding. Yet Central Asia, the site of extensive...
Nicu Popescu
(ECFR Podcast) Nicu Popescu, director of the Wider Europe Program at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Victor Andruziv, Director of the Ukrainian Institute for the Future (UIF), and Jana Kobzova, Political Director at Rasmussen Global discuss the recent Ukrainian election and new...
Richard Arnold Richard Arnold
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) The violent anti-immigrant events in March 2019 in the Russian autonomous republic of Sakha (Yakutia) may foreshadow rising interethnic hostility and an inward turn connected to a crisis of legitimacy for President Vladimir Putin’s regime. While critics have argued that...
PONARS Eurasia
(kgembassy.org) On May 14, 2019, Bolot Otunbaev, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the USA met with Andrew Kuchins, President of AUCA, at the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States and Canada. Ambassador Otunbaev congratulated Dr. Kuchins on his appointment as the president of AUCA...
David Szakonyi
(Point & Counterpoint) Through all the gloom of Russia’s stagnating economy, one bright spot has been the prudent macroeconomic policy coming from the Central Bank. Under the leadership of Elvira Nabiullina, Central Bank policymakers have helped navigate the country through the treacherous...

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