After initially successful attempts to contain the the COVID-19 virus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are once again experiencing its rapid spread. What went wrong and what are the prospects for addressing the growing social, economic and humanitarian emergencies in the region?
Drawing on extensive reporting from her years as a Moscow-based correspondent for the Financial Times and other publications, Catherine Belton has assembled a fascinating portrait of Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and two decades at the helm of the Russian state.
On July 1 Russian citizens will vote on constitutional changes that could extend President Putin’s term in office until 2036. It’s notable that the Kremlin has placed higher priority on enacting these changes than contending with the pandemic.
Like the rest of the world, Central Asian states and societies are being stress-tested by the COVID-19 pandemic. Can they withstand the storm?
Is the world misreading the potential threat that the coronavirus represents for the Russian political system and President Putin’s hold on power? Are we overlooking the sources of resilience and inertia that are helping bolster a regime in its hour of greatest need?
As world powers struggle to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, countries across the Middle East are mulling over this pandemic's impact on the regional power balance and foreign policy.
Why is the Kremlin holding back on a major economic rescue package for its hard-hit economy? So far, the Putin regime has relied primarily on a decidedly modest set of targeted economic measures that fall far short of the tools utilized by the world’s major economies.
Over the past two weeks, contacts between Presidents Trump and Putin have accelerated dramatically. Putin is trying to make common cause with the United States to deal with a deadly enemy, but is such a reset possible?
Joshua Yaffa, the Moscow correspondent for the New Yorker, will offer an engaging and new perspective on the lessons of life under modern authoritarianism.
Amid a swirl of U.S. domestic political turbulence centered on Ukraine, precious little attention is being paid to the Ukrainian domestic reform agenda.