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This editorial partnership between oDRussia and PONARS was launched in January 2014. The Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) has over 100 participating academics, mainly from North America and post-Soviet Eurasia, who advance new policy approaches to research and security in Russia and Eurasia. PONARS Eurasia is generously supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York and The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

China and the embarrassment of western democracy

The trouble for democracy does not come from Beijing, or from globalisation, or from abroad, or, in Britain, from immigration or from Europe. It resides at home.

The curious case of Georgia’s Rustavi-2

A scandal in Georgia over the country's largest opposition TV station has polarised the country, raising pointed questions about the motives of governments past and present.

The Sochi Syndrome

Grandiose urban development projects and international mega-events are ideal opportunities for authoritarian leaders to flaunt their power – and provide their associates with lucrative construction contracts.

What Russian students learn about Russia’s enemies

Conspiracy theories have permeated Russia’s education space, where they are intended not only to shape knowledge but to secure the political loyalty of Russia’s youth.


Sanctions and regime survival

The sanctions knife cuts both ways – rallying around the flag, and regime change.



The end of the Georgian dream

Parlament_of_Georgia_(Kutaisi)- wiki.jpgGeorgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili's decision on 4 November 2014 to dismiss Defence Minister Irakli Alasania provoked an immediate reaction both in and outside the country.

EU accession and the Ukraine crisis

EU accession might be said to have ignited the Ukraine crisis. But it's still a long way off.



Azerbaijan and the Ukraine crisis

The crisis in Ukraine put the Azerbaijani government in an uncomfortable position.



Natural gas diplomacy and the Ukraine crisis

Natural gas diplomacy is rather like gunboat diplomacy – only effective if the other side has no gunboats.


The Poroshenko Phenomenon

Why did the political crown fall into the hands of Poroshenko? How will he manage Ukraine’s domestic and external pressures?


How much power does President Poroshenko want?

President Poroshenko has asked for increased presidential powers, which are the opposite of what the Euromaidan protests were about.


Language as a barrier to dialogue in Ukraine

The issue of language and politics has long been a problem in Ukraine. Recent developments and unrelenting Russian propaganda have made the problem centre-stage once more.

An American in Maidan

Suspecting that neither Ukrainians nor people elsewhere were being given an accurate portrayal of what has been going on in Kyiv, I felt I had no choice but to travel there and offer an honest portrait of Maidan as I saw it.

Putin, Crimea and the legitimacy trap

The Kremlin sees events in Ukraine through the prism of its own domestic politics and is anxious to prevent the type of democrats-and-nationalists alliance that brought down Yanukovych. Its actions in Crimea may be shoring up its nationalist credentials at home but the fall-out could be more dangerous than they anticipate.

Why Ukraine is still not (yet) Russia

Most observers thought that any threat to the Sochi Olympics would come from disarray to the east and the south, in the fractious Caucasus. But, as it happened, strife came calling from the West.

Sochi Olympics – the dangers of rebranding

What does President Putin hope to gain from hosting the Winter Olympics? There is a grave danger that the messages behind the Kremlin’s rebranding exercise could boomerang against the government.

Lukashenka as Machiavelli

For those who assume that the Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenka long ago lost his freedom of action vis-a-vis Moscow, his recent bout of assertive behaviour was unexpected. It delivered the desired result, though.

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