Eurasia

Estonia’s Outgoing Government Leaves Damaged Security Legacy 

In the early hours of Jan. 13, 2021, Estonia’s coalition government consisting of the Center Party, the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) and Isamaa unexpectedly collapsed when Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) tendered his resignation to President Kersti...

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German-Style Autonomous Nationalism Comes to the United States

On the Friday following his inauguration, President Joseph Biden ordered Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the threat posed by domestic violent extremism following the January 6 assault on the Capitol complex in...

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Elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: The Challenges of Retaining Power

On January 10, Kazakhstan held elections for its lower house while Kyrgyzstan held presidential elections and a national referendum on constitutional amendments. While the elections in Kazakhstan were the usual stage-managed affair designed to maintain the decades-old political status...

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Exit from a Sparse Hegemony: Central Asia’s Place in a Transforming Liberal International Order

As Joe Biden takes office, many people are optimistic that he can restore international confidence in the United States and return America to its proper place as a global leader. But that may not be possible. In our book...

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US-Baltic Defense Cooperation in the Transition from Trump to Biden

Joe Biden, defeating the incumbent Donald Trump, won the US presidential election and will be inaugurated as the 46th US ...

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Nord Stream 2: Germany’s Faustian Bargain with Gazprom and Why it Matters for the Baltics

Since the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in late August and his subsequent rehabilitation in a Berlin hospital, ...

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For Biden, Four Points on the Baltic Agenda

“We mean what we say. We have never reneged on any commitment we have made. Our sacred honor is at ...

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The Russian Way of War in Syria: Implications for the West

This report is a part of FPRI’s edited volume Russia’s War in Syria: Assessing Russian Military Capabilities and Lessons Learned. The ...

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Russian Encroachment in the Baltics: The Role of Russian Media and Military

Sowing discontent and disruption is a tactic that the West has accustomed itself to when dealing with the Kremlin. The Baltic states are in a unique position in the face of these threats. Estonia and Latvia, specifically, have significant...

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Democracy Versus Nation Branding in Estonia

For years, the international attention paid to the “tiny Baltic nation” of Estonia was overwhelmingly positive. After pulling itself out of the doldrums of their Soviet past, Estonia embarked on a new direction, emphasizing open markets, liberal democracy, technological...

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