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From Revival to Reversal: Trajectories and Forecasts of Russia's Population Growth 2000-2050

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May 05, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
From 2007 to 2014, Russia enjoyed unprecedented demographic success. The abysmal fertility rates of the 1990s were left behind and Russia experienced some of the the largest fertility improvements anywhere in Europe. With falling mortality rates and economic-growth driven immigration, Russia's decline in population ended, and 2013 actually saw a net increase in Russia's total population. However, the current economic crisis is leading to policies that will likely lead to a reversal of these gains. The speakers will present new data and forecasts for Russia's population, and discuss various related social policies. more

The EU May Soon have Gazprom and Vladimir Putin Running on Fumes

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May 01, 2015
"For all of President Vladimir Putin’s rhetoric about Russian nationalism and economic self-reliance, he finds himself surprisingly constrained in his ability to respond to the European Commission’s action against Gazprom. Yet Putin will have to respond at a time when the country’s energy and economic options are limited. He also has to swallow the European Union’s reminder that even after Ukraine, Russia is not an international rule maker," writes William E. Pomeranz. more
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Richard Perle on the Effectiveness of U.S. Sanctions

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Apr 28, 2015
A veteran foreign policy practitioner and analyst, Richard Perle, provides insight into the history and current application of sanctions as a tool of U.S.statecraft. Do they work? What are the conditions necessary to make them effective? And are we getting it right in the cases of Iran and Russia? These are just some of the questions addressed in this episode of CONTEXT. more
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Assessing the Effectiveness of U.S. Sanctions

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Apr 28, 2015
In this NOW interview, William Pomeranz and Meg Lundsager discuss the impact, effectiveness, and consequences of U.S. sanctions past and present. more

How The Media Became One of Putin's Most Powerful Weapons

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Apr 27, 2015
"As a former KGB officer and head of the KGB’s successor agency, the FSB, Putin knows the value of information. His concept of the media, however, is a far cry from the First Amendment. For him, it’s a simple transactional equation: Whoever owns the media controls what it says," writes Jill Dougherty. more

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