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October 2014


The High Stakes of the Ukraine Crisis
by Andrew Wilson
“‘Transition’ is clearly much harder than it was immediately after the collapse of communism in 1989–91, now that the West is weaker and Russia is not only stronger but committed to keeping its neighbors weak.”

How to Avoid a New Cold War
by Samuel Charap and Jeremy Shapiro
“[T]here is a need to find a balance between sanctioning Russia for its recent transgressions of international norms and keeping the door open for better relations in the future.”

Russian Nationalism and Ukraine
by Marlene Laruelle
“Russia has openly questioned the legitimacy of the international system, claiming the right to a distinctive sovereignty that makes the protection of its cultural body abroad a moral duty.” Second in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.

Climate Change Policies in the Post-Socialist World
by Laura A. Henry and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom
“Achieving relatively easy terms under the Kyoto Protocol did not necessarily inspire post-socialist states to engage enthusiastically in international climate talks....”

Armenia’s Search for Independence
by Richard Giragosian
“There are signs that Moscow may now seek to halt Armenia’s deepening of ties with NATO and target Armenian reformers.”

Perspective: Why Turkey Has Been Quiet About Crimea
by Michael A. Reynolds
The Ottoman and Russian empires clashed for centuries, but Turkey’s recent embrace of its imperial legacy has not emboldened it to challenge Moscow over the annexation of Crimea.

The Burden of Communist Legacies
by Vladimir Tismaneanu
A new volume edited by Mark R. Beissinger and Stephen Kotkin seeks to show how the communist past continues to shape the present in both state and society across the region.

The Month in Review: August 2014
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
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