Russia and Eurasia
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Is Putinism the Russian Norm or an Aberration?
by Michael McFaul
“Policies chosen by Putin, not innate forces of history, culture, or tradition, pushed Russia in a more autocratic direction...”
Stalled Social Mobility in Post-Soviet Russia
by Theodore P. Gerber
“The fall of the Soviet Union sparked hopes that a Russian middle class would emerge and thrive, but so far it has not.” Second in a series on social mobility around the world.
Uzbekistan Emerges from Karimov’s Shadow
by Russell Zanca
“[L]abor migration brought the country to a point of no return: millions of the poorest Uzbeks could no longer be cut off from the rest of the world...”
Perspective: China’s Old and New Central Asian Ties
by Diana Ibañez-Tirado and Magnus Marsden
Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative is modernizing ancient patterns of commerce across the region, but small-scale traders may be left behind.
The Empire that Dared Not Speak Its Name: Making Nations in the Soviet State
by Ronald Grigor Suny
“The Soviet Union was an empire within which nations old and new developed, changed, and eventually became self-sufficient enough to opt out.”
The Revolutionary Roots of Russian Foreign Policy
by Jeremy Friedman
“Russia continues to be caught between a need to integrate itself into the West and a desire to maintain its independence from the West.”
The Russian Orthodox Church’s Conservative Crusade
by Kristina Stoeckl
“The Russian Orthodox Church has emerged as a powerful force for cultural, social, and political conservatism.”
Climate Change Adaptation and Traditional Cultures in Northern Russia
by Susan Crate
“Northern Russia’s physical vulnerability to climate change is at best severe, considering the underlying permafrost and the threat that warming presents to that foundation.” Second in a series on climate adaptation around the world.
Perspective: A Perfect Storm: American Media, Russian Propaganda
by Sarah Oates
The Russian state-sponsored campaign to spread disinformation abroad has found fertile ground in the United States, thanks to upheaval in the news media and politicians’ denigration of the press.
Books: Broken Ties in the Ferghana Valley
by Marianne Kamp
An anthropologist with long ties to a border town in Central Asia watched as nationalist sentiment turned what had been an informal boundary into a hard divide between erstwhile neighbors.
What Drives Moscow’s Military Adventurism?
by Pavel K. Baev
“Moscow may not be very good at learning lessons from setbacks, and certainly tends to exaggerate its successes, but it has few doubts about the feasibility of ‘military solutions’ and even fewer reservations about reaching for them.”
The Battle for Historical Memory in Postrevolutionary Ukraine
by Oxana Shevel
“The fundamental dilemma in Ukraine’s decommunization process is how to undo the legal, institutional, and historical legacy of the Soviet era without repeating the Soviet approach of mandating one ‘correct’ interpretation of the past…”