Russia and Eurasia News

Crises in Ukraine: 2004 and 2013 in comparative context

Jan 31, 2014
Big scale political crises occur in Ukraine approximately once in a decade, with each next crisis more devastating than the previous one. However, if the crises of 1994 and 2004 resulted in a change of power, the crisis of 2013 so far has not been resolved.

The Sochi Olympics

Jan 31, 2014
How important are the Sochi Olympics to Vladimir Putin and Russia? And with concerns about security dominating pre-games discussions, how concerned should we be about safety?

What the West Must Do for Ukraine

Jan 29, 2014
Ukraine is on the verge of spinning out of control. A pro-European protest that began more than two months ago in Kiev’s central square has flared into broad, angry opposition to the authoritarian policies of President Viktor F. Yanukovych. If the United States and European Union wish to encourage a peaceful resolution, they must use their leverage now. Otherwise the situation could degenerate further, to the point where the West will be no more than a spectator.

Ukraine's Public Enemy Number One: The Police

Jan 28, 2014
"If Ukraine is to embark on the path to greater democratization, its political leadership must make police reform a top priority," writes Fellow Erica Marat.

From Maidan to Systemic Changes?

Jan 24, 2014
The concept of politics as “dirty business” can be reiterated ad infinitum; and the instinctive distancing of community from political parties, their boring slogans, props and active members can be regarded as simply the implementation of new technologies by the authorities (especially in today’s Maidan). However, the fact is that in 2012, less than every fifth respondent agreed that the country had political leaders capable of ruling the country in an efficient way or that the ruling political parties could be entrusted with power...

Ukraine Rebooting

Jan 24, 2014
Lately we have been hearing more and more cries for “rebooting” Ukraine. Yurii Lutsenko, the former Minister of Internal Affairs, calls for introducing a second and third republic, while Roman Bezsmertny, the author of unaccomplished administrative reform, has undergone a complete reincarnation; "Depa" and "Gepa"* insist on moving the capital of the country to Kharkiv, while Andriy Klyuev, a prominent businessman and politician, sympathizes with unfortunate Poland about what it will do with Galicia when it breaks off from Ukraine.

Notes from Ukraine

Jan 16, 2014
Comments on the December 2013 - January 2014 Demonstrations from Kennan Institute Ukrainian alumni.

Putin's Judicial Vertical: Russian Rule of Law Takes a Step Backward

Jan 15, 2014
The upcoming Sochi Olympics prompted President Vladimir Putin to clear the decks of the country’s most prominent – and troubling – political cases, bringing renewed focus on the Russian judicial system. On the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution, William Pomeranz and Matthew Rojansky issue a rule of law report card for the Russian Federation.

Who Benefits from the Customs Union?

Jan 13, 2014
On November 2, 2013, President of Russia Vladimir Putin met with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in Yekaterinburg at the tenth annual Forum on Interregional Cooperation. In the presence of journalists, they disputed, with unexpected severity, which country had supplied more goods and invested more within the framework of the Customs Union.

Putin's Amnesty Is an Opening for the West

Jan 03, 2014
There are plenty of reasons to be cynical about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivation in announcing an amnesty last month for more than 20,000 prisoners, writes Matthew Rojansky. But one vital fact should not be overlooked: real progress has now been made on one of the most persistently contentious items on the Russia-West agenda.

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