Russia

PONARS Eurasia 26 Feb 2021
(Vice) If the assault allegation against New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin was aimed at kicking up a public storm against the politically outspoken 29-year-old winger on the home front—where public criticism of the Kremlin is discouraged—it appears to have failed. [...] According to Richard Arnold, a political science professor at Muskingum University in Ohio, public figures have long since...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Feb 2021
(Stanford FSI) In her new book, “Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order,” Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) Deputy Director and Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner argues that Russia is more than a regional power and that its international reach and influence — while in no way as extensive as that of the Soviet Union — are far more significant...
Tags: Stoner, Russia
Pavel Baev 23 Feb 2021
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The disastrous visit to Moscow of the European Union’s top diplomat, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, on February 4–6, followed in quick succession by three major international events last week, together served to illuminate Russia’s resolute but hopeless self-isolation on the global stage. The February 17–18 meeting, in...
(China's Resource Risks) The most valuable resource to the average person today is a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. For China, which has rolled out two vaccines so far (Sinopharm and Sinovac), with another on the way (CanSino Biologics), providing vaccines to other countries is a key component of its efforts to reshape the narrative about the pandemic. Chinese officials want their...
PONARS Eurasia 18 Feb 2021
(Brookings) The United States should retain a stake in the international management of the Libyan conflict for many reasons, and one of them is that Russia is deeply engaged. Moscow is pretending to act as a key peace-promoter, but in fact is acting as a spoiler. For President Vladimir Putin, Gadhafi’s horrible end remains a recurrent reminder of the risk of violent uprisings, which was...
Tags: Baev, Libya, Russia
Maria Snegovaya 11 Feb 2021
(4FreeRussia) The study scopes out the Kremlin’s malign social media operations in the United States, their key purveyors, platforms and enablers. It analyzes how the Russian approach to conducting social media campaigns targeting domestic audiences in the US has evolved since 2016 and whether its efforts can be deemed successful or effective.  Snegovaya and Watanabe attempt to...
J. Paul Goode 11 Feb 2021
(Ethnic and Racial Studies) Abstract: While new regimes often seek legitimation by forging banal ties between state and nation (or “banalization”), there have been few attempts to explain how nationalism becomes banal, to account for variations in the process across different types of regimes, or to establish clear criteria for identifying successes or failures in banalization. This article...
Tags: Goode, Russia
(AIIA) Alexei Navalny’s return to Russia on 17 January 2021, his immediate arrest at the border, and a court verdict sentencing him to two years and eight months in jail started a new political moment in Russia. Navalny returned home from Germany after a period of recuperation from poisoning in August 2020 – in all likelihood by his own government – in a dramatic defiance of state warnings...

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