Brian Taylor
(Russian Politics) Abstract: Security issues were a central part of Soviet studies. This article considers how the study of security issues has changed with respect to Russia and Eurasia since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. It highlights a series of positive changes:...
Alexander Naumov
For several years, Russia’s World War II remembrance policy has been widely discussed and challenged by some of the neighboring countries, while Moscow has reinforced the pompousness of the event at home. In May 2020, Russia’s commemorations will culminate in the 75th anniversary of Victory Day....
PONARS Eurasia
(Central Asia Program) Russia’s Islamic Diplomacy. Edited by Marlene Laruelle. Table of Contents Chapter 1. Russia and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Conflicting Interactions By Grigory Kosach Chapter 2. Always Looming: The Russian Muslim Factor in Moscow's Relations with Gulf Arab States...
Vladimir Gelman
(Point & Counterpoint) On a few recent occasions, the Kremlin has conceded to street protests and chose to respond to public demands rather than resort to hard repressions. Is this shift likely to last, or is it a mere tactical maneuver? The increase in political and economic grievances and...
Mikhail Troitskiy
(U.S.-Russia Relations: Quest for Stability) The Soviet collapse fueled violent separatism within Georgia. Two of its semi-autonomous regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, declared independence and successfully sought Moscow’s informal patronage. In 2003 Georgia saw the first post-Soviet “color...
Timothy Frye
(Wilson Center) On February 28, 2014, pro-Russian gunmen seized key buildings in Crimea. In response, the United States levied economic sanctions against Russia on March 6. Approval ratings for the Russian leadership then soared and remained high for more than four years. Were these high ratings...
Richard Arnold
(EDM) On May 28, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) arrested three Ukrainian citizens who staged an explosion in the lobby of a resort hotel in the major Black Sea port city of Odesa. The suspects were allegedly also planning to launch another terrorist act. Reportedly, the activists, led by 40-...
Nargis Kassenova
The Elections and Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy: Continuity But For How Long? Foreign policy was not at center-stage during the 2019 presidential elections in Kazakhstan. The main candidate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, selected by Nursultan Nazarbayev and endorsed by the ruling Nur Otan party, pledged to...
Dinissa Duvanova
A Schizophrenic Mixture of Repression and Appeasement Marks Executive Succession In Kazakhstan On June 2nd Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was inaugurated the second president of Kazakhstan. After Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned his post on March 19, 2019, acting interim president and long-time loyalist...

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