2Cover pic.jpg   ► Putin’s long tenure has been marked by profound changes in the spatial organization of the country’s territory. Measures have been taken to modernize infrastructure and develop the most sensitive and strategic regions but a more sophisticated...
(Newsweek) Russia, China and a handful of other regional powers will deploy around 3,000 troops and 500 weapons systems for joint counterterror exercises that will take place in Russia’s Ural Mountains in August, Russia’s military announced Monday. Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (...
(U.S. News & World Report) In January, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Kim Jong Un for establishing a nuclear weapons program that "solved his strategic task," calling the reclusive 30-something North Korean leader "an absolutely competent and already mature politician." Then...
(CSIS Report) Religious violence is surely as old as both faith and fighting themselves. In the Russian Federation, as elsewhere in the world, religious teachings and philosophies are used both to justify and combat violence. But what forms does this take, and with what implications for Russian...
(PONARS Policy Memo) In the late spring of 2014, Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) militants seized Mariupol and Kramatorsk, but they were soon recaptured by the Ukrainian army. Both cities are close to the DPR military border and are typical company towns containing several dominate enterprises that...
(PONARS Policy Memo) Much has changed in Uzbekistan since December 2016, when Shavkat Mirziyoyev was elected president following the death of long-time dictator Islam Karimov. Prisoners have been released en masse; entrenched national elites have been shaken from their complacency; corrupt...
(EDM) The annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (May 24–26) managed to attract more high-level foreign guests than could be expected considering Russia’s stagnant economy and relative lack of interest from international investors. Arguably, the organizers should have expressed...

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