Russia and Eurasia
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The End of Ambiguity in Russia
by Samuel A. Greene
“The narrative underpinning all of these shifts—the construction of a new hierarchy of power, the unrelenting attacks on the opposition, the rise of confrontation with the United States—was one of threat.”
Can Ukraine Save Its Revolution?
by Andrew Wilson
“A new nation is arguably in the making. However, the economy has collapsed, and not enough has changed in the political system. . . . [I]t is too early to celebrate even the positive trends as permanent.”
The Costs of Peace in Chechnya
by Emma Gilligan
“Kadyrov is engineering public identity through forced Islamization, manipulating culture for political ends, and marginalizing the Russian constitution.”
China and Russia’s Soft Competition in Central Asia
by Raffaello Pantucci
“China is the increasingly dominant power in the region, but it is acting in full concordance with Russia.”
The Decay of the Russian Public Sphere
by Alexander Etkind
“[A]lthough the level of political control in Putin’s Russia is not much different from what was typical for the late Soviet period, the means of control have changed entirely.” Second in a series on public spheres around the world.
Perspective: The Purpose of Putin’s Machismo
by Valerie Sperling
The Russian president carefully cultivates an image of muscular masculinity to pump up nationalist fervor against a West portrayed as culturally and sexually decadent.
Books: A New Understanding of a Century-Old Genocide
by Howard Eissenstat
Ronald Grigor Suny has written a history of the Armenian genocide that goes beyond familiar partisan interpretations and does justice to the full complexity of the tragedy.
The High Stakes of the Ukraine Crisis
by Andrew Wilson
“‘Transition’ is clearly much harder than it was immediately after the collapse of communism in 1989–91, now that the West is weaker and Russia is not only stronger but committed to keeping its neighbors weak.”
How to Avoid a New Cold War
by Samuel Charap and Jeremy Shapiro
“[T]here is a need to find a balance between sanctioning Russia for its recent transgressions of international norms and keeping the door open for better relations in the future.”
Russian Nationalism and Ukraine
by Marlene Laruelle
“Russia has openly questioned the legitimacy of the international system, claiming the right to a distinctive sovereignty that makes the protection of its cultural body abroad a moral duty.” Second in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.
Climate Change Policies in the Post-Socialist World
by Laura A. Henry and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom
“Achieving relatively easy terms under the Kyoto Protocol did not necessarily inspire post-socialist states to engage enthusiastically in international climate talks....”
Perspective: Why Turkey Has Been Quiet About Crimea
by Michael A. Reynolds
The Ottoman and Russian empires clashed for centuries, but Turkey’s recent embrace of its imperial legacy has not emboldened it to challenge Moscow over the annexation of Crimea.
The Burden of Communist Legacies
by Vladimir Tismaneanu
A new volume edited by Mark R. Beissinger and Stephen Kotkin seeks to show how the communist past continues to shape the present in both state and society across the region.
Moscow’s Soft Power Strategy
by Andrei P. Tsygankov
“Faced with external competition, the Kremlin is preoccupied with reviving internal foundations for Russia’s soft power appeal.” Second in a series on soft power around the world.