Russia and Eurasia
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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.
Russia’s Arctic Ambitions and Anxieties
by Pavel K. Baev
“[P]olicies based on the delusional but popular perception of the Arctic shelf as a ‘treasure chest’ of high-value resources that must be protected by military means have arrived at an inevitable dead end.”
Turkey and Its Post-Soviet Neighborhood
by Kemal Kirisci
“In the long run, a stable, democratic, and economically dynamic Turkey that remains a member of the transatlantic alliance may be able to ease the post-Soviet region closer to the Western liberal order.”
Georgia’s Rocky Path to Democracy
by Julie A. George
“[T]he essential story of Georgian politics is a gradual, long-term trend: the slow growth in popular expectations of an accountable government that engages in fair economic and political play.”
Perspective: Is Assad’s Syria a “Win” for Moscow?
by Mark N. Katz
The Kremlin’s support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime appears to be working for now, but protecting unpopular autocrats hardly seems a sustainable long-term strategy.
Books: Russia’s Technical Difficulties
by Joshua Lustig
A new book attempts to explain why Russia lags in the commercial application of scientific discoveries despite its traditional prowess in the arts and sciences.
The Next Russian Revolution
by Lilia Shevtsova
“With an elite that seeks only to protect its own interests, and without any alternative force in society, crisis is the only thing capable of stirring the swamp.”