commentaries and memos

Misinterpreting Nationalism. Why Russkii is not a sign of Ethnonationalism,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 416, January 2016.

Eurasia, Eurasianism, Eurasian Union. Terminological Gaps and Overlaps,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 366, July 2015.

Is Kazakhstan’s ‘dialogue of civilizations’ all about image, or doing some real good?The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, June 27, 2015.

Russia’s Bedfellowing Policy and the European Far Right,” Russian Analytical Digest, no. 167, May 6, 2015.

The Power of Soft Power in Kazakhstan,” The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, May 1, 2015.

Mastering a Façade Democracy. Elections in Uzbekistan,” EUCAM Commentary, no. 27, April 2015.

Scared of Putin's Shadow. In Sanctioning Dugin, Washington Got the Wrong Man,” Foreign Affairs, March 25, 2015.

Kazakhstan’s Posture in the Eurasian Union: In Search of Serene Sovereignty,” Russian Analytical Digest, no. 165, March 25, 2015.

The Ukrainian Crisis and its Impact on Transforming Russian Nationalism Landscape”, in Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska and Richard Sakwa, eds, Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives, E-IR Info, 2015, 123-128.

 “Central Asia’s Dilemmas and the Paradoxical Lessons of the Ukrainian Crisis,” Russian Analytical Digest, no. 159, December 2014.

Russian Nationalism and Ukraine,” Current History 113, October 2014.

 “Novorossiya, a Launching Pad for Russian Nationalists,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo no. 357. September 2014.

Continuing Cooperation Patterns with Russia in the Arctic,” Polar Initiative Policy Brief, September 2014.

Nationalism just a Tool in Putin’s Hands,” The Moscow Times, September 17, 2014.

Russia and Central Asia,” EUCAM National Policies Series, no. 17, September 2014.

Beyond Anti-Westernism. The Kremlin’s narrative about Russia’s European Identity and Mission,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 326, June 2014.

Is anyone in charge of Russian nationalists fighting in Ukraine?The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, June 26, 2014. 

Uncharted waters. Presidential successions in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan EUCAM Policy Brief, no. 33, April 2014, co-authored with Jos Boonstra.

Putin, Crimea and the legitimacy trap,” Open Democracy, March 13, 2014, co-authored with J. Paul Goode.

Why Ukraine’s crisis keeps central Asian leaders up at nightThe Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, March 7, 2014, co-authored with Sean Roberts.

Anti-migrant riots in Russia: the mobilizing potential of xenophobia,” Russian Analytical Digest, no. 141, December 2013.

Conservatism as the Kremlin’s new toolkit. An ideology at the lowest cost,” Russian Analytical Digest, No, 138, November 2013.

Revisiting Islamism. A Factor for Demokratization in Central Asia?” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 298, September 2013.

The Changing Logic of Russian Strategy in Central Asia: From Privileged Sphere to Divide and Rule?” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 261, July 2013, co-authored with Alexander Cooley.

Will Afghanistan Take Central Asia Down with It?” The National Interest, August 1, 2013, co-authored with Scott Radnitz.

EU-US cooperation in Central Asia: parallel lines meet in infinity?” EUCAM Policy Brief, No. 31, July 2013, co-authored with Jos Boonstra.

Water in Central Asian Agriculture: No time to waste,” EUCAM Watch, No. 13, November 2012.

Natsdem. The New Wave Of Anti-Putin Nationalists,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 223 September 2012.

Iran's Regional Quagmire,” FRIDE Policy Brief, No. 135, September 2012.

Factoring the Regional Impact of Uzbekistan’s Withdrawal from the CSTO,” Wider Europe, August 24, 2012.

Israel and Central Asia: Opportunities and Limits for Partnership in a Post-Arab Spring World,” Wider Europe, July 2012 .

What does Central Asia’s ‘no-show’ at the NATO Chicago Summit Mean?,” Wider Europe, June 8, 2012.

Cyber-Security in Central Asia: Real Issues, False Excuse?” Central Asia Policy Papers, no. 2, June 2012.

Russia ‘is a Delicate Matter’? The View from Central Asia of Putin Russia's Commitment to the Region,” Wider Europe, May 21, 2012.

When the ‘Near Abroad’ Looks at Russia: the Eurasian Union Project as Seen from the Southern Republics,” Russian Analytical Digest 112, April 20, 2012, 8-11.

Why NATO doesn’t talk with the SCO and the CSTO,” EUCAM Watch, No. 11, February 2012, 5-6.

Russia’s narrative on the Arctic: from Patriotic Rhetoric to the Arctic ‘Brand’, Baltic Rim Economies, No. 4, November 30, 2011, 5-6.

Russia’s Gordian Knot. Radical Nationalism, the North Caucasus, and Migration,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo, No. 163, September 2011.

Putin Uses Symbols of Soviet Power to Announce Idea of Eurasian Union,” Eurasia Daily Monitor 8 no. 195, October 24, 2011.

Involving Central Asia in Afghanistan’s future – what can Europe do?,” EUCAM Policy Brief, No. 20, August 2011.

Why the EU needs to engage Russia on Asian Security,” FRIDE Policy Brief, No. 82, June 2011.

Central Asian Islamism in the spotlight,” EUCAM Commentary No. 13, June 2011.

The Demographic Challenges of Russia’s Arctic,” Russian Analytical Digest 96, May 12, 2011, 8-10.

Kazakhstan as a Uranium Power: Forthcoming Successes and Challenges,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, March 31, 2010.

The Growing Illiteracy in Central Asia. A Challenge for the EU,” EUCAM Commentary No. 6, December 2009. 

Russia's Arctic Ambitions: Transforming the ‘Cost of Cold,” ISDP Policy Brief, No. 7, June 9, 2009.

Economic Crisis Strengthens Rather Than Weakens Moscow’s Influence In The ‘Near Abroad,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, February 25, 2009.

Kazakhstan Challenged by the World Financial Crisis,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, November 12, 2008.

Is Kazakhstan Disengaging From Georgia?” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, October 15, 2008.

Neo-Eurasianist Alexander Dugin on the Russia-Georgia Conflict,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, September 3, 2008.

After Putin? Russia's Presidential Elections,” Origins 1, no. 6, March 2008.

Kazakhstan, the New Country of Immigration for Central Asian Workers,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, April 30, 2008.

Alexandr Dugin: an ‘Eurasianist’ view on Chechnya and the North Caucasus,” Chechnya Weekly 8, no. 6, February 8, 2007.

“Russian Culturology : Continuing Where Marxism Left Off,” Washington Profile, Avril 22, 2006.

Tengrism: in Search for Central Asia’s Spiritual Roots,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, March 22, 2006. 

“Two Questions to Four Experts on Central Asia,” Washington Profile, November 25, 2005. 

“IFEAC Regional Conference: Tengrism as a New Factor in the Construction of Identity,” Central Asia Studies Review 4, no. 2 (2005): 40.




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