Russia and Eurasia News

Calm Down About Ukraine

Dec 06, 2013
"The bigger problem with lamentations about “who lost Ukraine” is that they offer no useful assessment of why Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich actually decided to walk away from the table, while painting the future with a hopelessly broad brush, and sidestepping the most urgently important question—what to do next," writes Matthew Rojansky in The National Interest.

Who Needs European Integration in Ukraine?

Dec 04, 2013
The West has yet another opportunity to learn more about Ukraine. Although it’s not under the best circumstances, we hope that someday the opportunities will change in their quality, not just increase in quantity, and the word “Ukraine” will evoke, in the minds of EU citizens, something specific and positive rather than vague and negative.

Russia: Where Has All the Money Gone?

Nov 25, 2013
Forbes dubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin the most powerful man in the world. Yet all these successes obscure a basic fact: Russia is running out of money, writes William Pomeranz.
By Александр Корчик

The Last Year for Russian Academia?

Nov 04, 2013
Over the last two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the potential of education and scholarship in Russia has slowly but steadily declined. On the one hand, despite all of the difficulties these spheres have faced, they have proven to be particularly resilient. With their built-up workforce capacity and asceticism (or inability to "adapt to market conditions"), thousands of scholars and teachers have not allowed the education system to fail, despite the reduction in state funding.

Russia's Fading Judiciary

Oct 28, 2013
"The suspended sentence handed down to the anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny has once again placed an unflattering spotlight on Russia’s legal system. Navalny himself recognized that the verdict was not a result of the judge’s private deliberations but a gesture of lenience mandated from above," writes Will Pomeranz in The National Interest.

Sergei Kiselev

Sep 27, 2013
Sergei Kiselev, Political Analyst from Yaroslavl, and former Kennan Institute conference participant, describes in detail how in the context of rising political competition, the 2013 elections deviated from the power hierarchy script in the largest Russian cities (Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Krasnoyarsk), while the regions stuck to it. In the regions, this included clearing the electoral playing field, mass acceptance of spoiler candidates and technological gimmicks, and the erosion of the protest vote.
Photo by Антон Фандофан

Economic Rights and the Russian Constitution

Sep 24, 2013
The introduction of property rights represented one of the major accomplishments of the 1993 Russian Constitution. In a speech in St. Petersburg marking the 20th anniversary of the Constitution, Kennan Institute Deputy Director William Pomeranz addressed the evolution of economic and property rights in Russia as part of an assessment of the country’s constitutional development over the past two decades

The Russian Establishment Takes a Hit - Unexpected Results From the September 2013 Elections

Sep 23, 2013
Emil Pain, Senior Academic Advisor, Kennan Moscow Project, and Professor, Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Russia, gives his analysis of the September 8 elections in Russia, paying particular attention to the unusual outcomes in Moscow, Petrozavodsk, Yekaterinburg, and Volgograd.

The Tally

Sep 20, 2013
The Syrians created a crisis by using chemical weapons in a massive attack on August 21, President Barack Obama threatened force but then vacillated, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, recognizing both Obama's strengths and his weaknesses, stepped up, grabbed center stage, and inserted himself directly into a process he'd long avoided. It shows that the right combination of pain and gain is what creates openings and drives big decisions.

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