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What Drives Moscow’s Military Adventurism?
by Pavel K. Baev
“Moscow may not be very good at learning lessons from setbacks, and certainly tends to exaggerate its successes, but it has few doubts about the feasibility of ‘military solutions’ and even fewer reservations about reaching for them.”
The Battle for Historical Memory in Postrevolutionary Ukraine
by Oxana Shevel
“The fundamental dilemma in Ukraine’s decommunization process is how to undo the legal, institutional, and historical legacy of the Soviet era without repeating the Soviet approach of mandating one ‘correct’ interpretation of the past…”
Working-Class Resilience in Russia
by Jeremy Morris
“Workers form the exemplary class of economic, social, and psychological ‘losers’ of the postcommunist transition.” Second in a series on labor relations around the world.
The Soviet Legacy and Women’s Rights in Central Asia
by Marianne Kamp
"While Soviet efforts to promote gender equality are not openly celebrated, the idea planted in the region during that now-disdained era—that men and women should be equal under the law—is still holding fast.”
Perspective: Turkey’s Tenuous Pivot Toward Russia
by Amanda Paul
Ankara is cozying up to Moscow in a momentary fit of pique with the West, but economic and security realities make it likely that Turkey will stay in NATO’s camp.
Books: Who’s to Blame for Putinism?
by Alexander Etkind
Three recent books about Russia and its authoritarian leader offer different theories on how a clique of former spies seized control. The worst answer is to blame the victim.
Books: Anguished Echoes of Empire
by Joshua Lustig
In her latest and most ambitious work, the oral historian Svetlana Alexievich assembles a chorus of ambivalent memories of an empire’s collapse and the wrenching quarter-century since.
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.”