PONARS Eurasia
(Al Jazeera) Ten years ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister of Turkey, hosted Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for a family holiday in the Aegean resort of Bodrum as relations between Turkey and Syria soared to new heights. After decades of Cold War animosity, the Erdogan government that...
PONARS Eurasia
(Jacobinmag) When the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, its former republics’ economies went into free fall. Ukraine — the most populous of the new states, after Russia — was no exception: average incomes and life expectancy declined as violent crime soared. It had been a center of heavy industry in...
Marlene Laruelle
(Europe-Asia Studies) Abstract: Russia’s historical policy towards the centenary of 1917 was composed of several parallel strategies: diminishing the meaning of the event to avoid the head of state and other government figures having to take a stance; outsourcing commemorative events, with no pre-...
PONARS Eurasia
The 9th iteration of this go-to textbook on contemporary Russian politics offers comprehensive and critical discussion of the country’s most recent developments, providing substantive coverage of the key areas in domestic and foreign Russian politics. Ranging from established topics such as...
Volodymyr Dubovyk Volodymyr Dubovyk
(PONARS Policy Memo) There was widespread anticipation of profound changes in relations between the United States and Ukraine in light of the 2016 U.S. presidential election results. As a candidate, Donald Trump openly praised President Vladimir Putin, questioned the previous U.S. administration’s...
Ivan Kurilla
(Gulf Times) They ate nothing,” Marina Kulagina recalled, telling the story of her mother who survived the years-long Siege of Leningrad in its entirety. Seven of her mother Valentina Grigoryeva’s eight siblings and their father, Kulagina’s grandfather, died in the mass starvation of the blockaded...
Richard Arnold
(EDM) Last year saw a “trash crisis” in Russia, with multiple protests connected to corruption in the garbage collection industry (see EDM, March 12, 2018). The crisis is partially a consequence of Russians’ higher prosperity compared to Soviet times—as Russians buy more goods with more packaging...

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