(PONARS Policy Memo) Ukraine today faces a vicious circle of nationalist radicalization involving mutual reinforcement between far-right groups and the dominant oligarchic pyramids. This has significantly contributed to a post-Euromaidan domestic politics that is not unifying the country but...
(FIIA) Russia’s re-elected president speaks about the need to achieve a “breakthrough”. But his only realistic goal is perpetuation of the regime. Those who watched Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony on May 7 must have paid attention to the TV cameras’ preoccupation with two people on the front...
(IFRI) This report seeks to explain the main trends in Russia’s evolving Afghanistan policy, with the focus on its regionalization, diversification, and new emphasis on diplomacy that culminated in Moscow regional peace consultations. It argues that none of Russia’s Afghanistan-related concerns can...
In this podcast, Gulnaz Sharafutdinova discusses the puzzle of Putin's durable popularity and whether this stems from a unique sense of collective identity in Russia.  "What explains Putin's phenomenal popularity? I refer to it as Putin's magic in Russia because he's been there now for eighteen...
(EDM) President Vladimir Putin planned his fourth inauguration, held on May 7, to perfection. Like each Russian presidential inauguration since his first, it was timed to come just a few days prior to the traditional military parade on Victory Day (May 9). His hope was probably for these two big...
The winner of the 2018 Rothschild Prize is Evgeny Finkel for his book: Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (Princeton University Press 2017). 9780691172576.png           An Honorable Mention was given to Mikhail Alexseev and Sufian Zhemukhov for...
Recent adjustments to the Russian and U.S. nuclear doctrines demonstrate the urgent need for a renewed dialogue between the two countries on managing their vast nuclear weapons capabilities and potential. The May 10, 2018, workshop, "Beyond Confrontation: The New Nuclear Doctrines of Russia and the...

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