Eurasia

Fake News, Real Censorship: A New Bill Threatens Freedom of Speech in Kyrgyzstan

Wearing face masks stamped with a bright red X, demonstrators marched down Bishkek’s Freedom Boulevard on June 29 in protest of a bill regulating disinformation in Kyrgyzstan. The legislation, widely viewed as an attempt to curb freedom of speech,...

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Book Recommendations and Roundtable on The Death of Arms Control and the Birth of Putinism 3.0

For more on nuclear weapons and strategic stability, see Dmitry Adamsky's Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy, which details the growth of the unique bond between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian nuclear community. Adamsky's book is critical to understanding how the insinuation of...

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Are Chinese and American Interests Mutually Exclusive in Eurasia?

The People's Republic of China's growing global footprint has generated an expanding body of literature on the nature and scope of Beijing's strategic intentions, and its expansive ambitions toward other countries. Much of this commentary has focused on China's...

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Why Isn’t Latvia the “Next” Crimea? Reconsidering Ethnic Integration

In the aftermath of Russia's military incursion in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in 2014, a flurry of articles predicted the next territorial conquest of President Vladimir Putin's Russian revanchism. High on the list were the Baltic countries, which sit...

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Fading Russian Influence in the Baltic States

Since the beginning of Vladimir Putin's rule in Russia 20 years ago, Russia has lost much of the leverage that it previously enjoyed in the Baltics. On the one hand, Russia has antagonized Baltic states through its wars in...

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“The M.P. for Russia”: Olga Novikova, William Gladstone, and the Crisis of 1878

Abstract: In 1878, the United Kingdom and Russia stood on the brink of war, as they clashed over the Straits of Bosporus, the balance of power in the Balkans, and the intersection of their empires on the Afghan frontier....

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Russia’s Pivot to Asia: Between Rhetoric and Substance

Over the last 20 years, the Russian Federation has voiced repeatedly the willingness to embrace its Asian potential. Harnessing the economic prowess of the Asia-Pacific for the development of Siberia and the Russian Far East was the underlying motivation...

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What Does Putin Promise Russians? Russia’s Authoritarian Social Policy

In his 20 years in power, Vladimir Putin has employed a savvy use of social policy to bolster his popularity, but it is a set of policies not well designed to address Russia's chronic under-provision of healthcare, education, and...

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Gazprom and Russian Natural Gas Policy in the First Two Decades of the 21st Century

What role does natural gas play in Russian foreign policy and domestic politics? This article takes an in-depth look at the last two decades of Russian gas policy as a period of change and as a challenge to Gazprom's...

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Russia and Central Asia: Putin’s Most Stable Region?

Central Asian-Russian relations have proven remarkably stable over Vladimir Putin's 20 years in power. This is the case even amid the rise of the People's Republic of China, the war in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan's revolutions, Kazakhstan's development, and power transitions...

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