PONARS Eurasia
(By Stacy Closson) In November 2018, the Trump administration announced another set of sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for supporting Russia’s economic integration of Crimea and for committing human rights violations. Are these and the prior sanctions effective or have we reached a...
Julie George Julie George
(PONARS Policy Memo) In both Armenia and Georgia, while neither state has achieved democratic consolidation, the role of public debate is especially salient and there is real public power in politics. A key factor in political decisionmaking has been the discussion of national identity and the role...
Eiki Berg Eiki Berg
(PONARS Policy Memo) De facto states are notorious for their pariah status, constant security deficit, and embryonic institutions, producing the perception that they are states-in-the-making perpetually striving for sheer survival. Their reliance on a patron is considered proof that they would not...
Pavel Podvig
(Daily Beast) The United States, Russia, and China all tested new super-fast “hypersonic” munitions in 2018, escalating a global competition for weaponry that can strike farther and harder than ever before and potentially defeat existing defenses. The Russian and Chinese hypersonics tests were the...
Joshua Tucker Joshua Tucker
(PONARS Policy Memo) The question of how regimes respond to online opposition has become a central topic of politics in the digital age. In previous work, we have identified three main options for regimes: offline response, online restriction of access to content, and online engagement. In order to...
Randall Stone
(WXXI News) Freedom of speech is complicated in Russia. “You can be assassinated for being an investigative reporter in Russia and that happens periodically,” Randall Stone professor of political science and the director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) Unlike the year before, Russia entered 2019 with low expectations and deepening disappointment in its own faltering revival. In contrast, the World Cup provided a focus for anticipation in 2018, and the presidential elections, pre-determined as the outcome was, raised hopes for increases of...

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