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October 2019

Russia’s Incoherent State
by Jeremy Morris
“[T]he bureaucracy seeks ways to enrich itself in the manner of one big state corporation, and everyone else finds themselves in positions of vulnerability or dependency.” Second in a series on ways of governing.

Belarus’s Winding Path to a Post-Soviet Identity
by Nelly Bekus
“Some of the state’s recent initiatives have sought to reappropriate ethno-cultural and pre-Soviet history and tradition, shaping a new politics of identity.”

Azerbaijan’s Missed Opportunities
by Farid Guliyev
“The consequences of this missed opportunity are serious and will be felt in the not-so-distant future when the oil deposits have drained away.”

Social Change Unsettles Kazakhstan
by Alima Bissenova
“Despite all of its symbolic continuity, Kazakhstan is a society in transition.”

Repression and Quiet Resistance in Xinjiang
by Rachel Harris
“[T]he entire Uighur population is now regarded as a problem in need of an aggressive solution.”

Perspective: Latvia’s Russian Questions
by Kevin M. F. Platt
Many ethnic Russians in the Baltic state are still excluded from full citizenship and tend to be susceptible to Moscow’s influence through cross-border media.

Books: The Price of Excluding the ‘Unworthy’
by Catherine Wanner
A medical anthropologist explains how a popular view of drug addicts as devoid of morality and autonomy has contributed to an HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine.

The Month in Review: August 2019
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in August, country by country, day by day.

Map of Russia and Eurasia
by the editors of Current History
Regional map

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