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Open call to US policy-makers

To Inform is to Influence

European experts weigh in, requesting the United States cooperate in efforts to counter Russian information warfare.

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As transatlantic experts focusing on security and Russia, we recognize the confusion among policymakers who have genuine interest in Euroatlantic security after the presidential election in the United States.

The Russian Federation and its proxies use an extensive toolkit to manipulate sovereign policy and decision-making in various democratic countries, both in Western and Eastern Europe. We are convinced that to challenge this tendency, a strong Euro-Atlantic cooperation is needed. A geopolitical vacuum in the region would only encourage Russian players to interfere more actively. And while Russia is calling for a friendship with the West, they are treating the West as an enemy: an easy target for information warfare and active measures.

We aim to build on the US initiative (Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill) and to enhance the synergy with…

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Event: Public Debate: Putin’s Russia: How urgent threat it poses?

To Inform is to Influence

INVITATION

Dear Sir or Madame,

Jaromír Štětina, member of the EPP Group in the European Parliament and the European Values think-Tank are pleased to invite you to:

Public Debate: Putin’s Russia: How urgent threat it poses?

Discussants:

  • Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director, WMCES
  • Andreas Umland, Fellow, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation
  • Anton Shekhovtsov, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Human Sciences

A new comparative study “Behavior of Putin`s Russia through lens of allied strategic and policy documents” by European Values Think-Tank will be presented.

24 April 2017, 17:00 – 18:30 – room 6Q1, European Parliament, Brussels

Please, register here, and at jaromir.stetina-office@ep.europa.eu

If you don´t have EP accreditation, please send also following details: name, surname, date of birth, nationality, type of ID, number of ID 

Please note that the deadline for EP accreditation requests is:

Tuesday 11th April

Please see below the official invitation:

We look forward to meeting…

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Challenges and promises of comparative research into post-Soviet fascism

To Inform is to Influence

Anton Shekhovtsov (Dr. Umland’s colleague): Fascism, “borderless as our lands, and red as our blood”

I recently wrote to the premier expert on Russian fascism, Dr. Andreas Umland, about the subject of fascism and Russia.  

I frequently hear Russians call others fascist, whereas everything I have seen puts Russia as clearly fascist.

I asked if he had a paper on the topic as I’d be glad to attach it. 

He sent me the attached paper.

Many thanks to Andreas Umland!


Many articles, blogs, papers, and more, about the subject of Russian fascism.

Below is Dr. Umland’s…

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#Putin provoking rather than preventing #IslamistTerrorism — #Portnikov @EuromaidanPress

The 1999 apartment bombings led to actions by Vladimir Putin that contributed to the stabilization of Russia, but the metro bombing in St. Petersburg and the Kremlin leader’s reaction to it are likely to have exactly the opposite effect, Vitaly Portnikov says, provoking rather than preventing a new wave of domestic Islamist terrorism. The reason,…

via Putin provoking rather than preventing Islamist terrorism in Russia, Portnikov says — Euromaidan Press

A Few Quick and First Thoughts on the US Airstrike on Syria

In Moscow's Shadows

missileThe use of chemical weapons against civilians cannot continue with impunity, but is a 50-missile strike the right response? My thought is that it is not a great response – but that in the circumstances nothing better was available. (Though at almost $15 million, an expensive one.)

First of all, such a one-off strike is unlikely to be militarily decisive, even if it has made a real dent in the Assad regime’s airpower advantage. It is essentially more symbolic than kinetic, an act of communication, drawing red lines and reiterating that the USA is a serious force (and putting paid to the silly claims that Russia has become the regional hegemon in the Middle East).

That’s not at all a bad thing, but the question is what the message was meant to be, and how it is received, and that depends heavily on Moscow.

Its initial…

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CfP: Decentralization: Ukraine’s Local Governance Reform 2014-17. Deadline 15.5.17

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Call for Papers:
 
‘Decentralization after the Euromaidan: The Preconditions, Particulars and Challenges of Ukraine’s Local Governance Reform in 2014-2017’ – a volume of collected scholarly papers
 
Deadline for paper submission in English language: 15 May 2017
 
We invite submissions of academic papers analyzing one particular aspect of Ukraine’s ongoing decentralization reform since 2014, including (but not exclusively targeting) the following subthemes:
 
– the substance, course and successes of Ukraine’s decentralization so far
– the Ukrainian decentralization in international comparative perspective
– the larger historical background of Ukraine’s decentralization
– the decentralization’s most recent pre-history during 1991-2014
– the origins of the current decentralization’s concepts, agenda and laws
– the theorists, leaders, actors, and foes of Ukraine’s decentralization
– the social drivers versus political hindrances of decentralization
– the various sectoral decentralization programs and processes
– the decentralization’s implications for the reform of the rule of law
– the decentralization process as illustrated by case-studies of communities
– the decentralization processes in various regions compared
– the public discussion of, and public opinion on, decentralization.
 
Further relevant subtopics may be proposed by prospective authors.
 
The papers should:
– pose a sufficiently narrow, interesting and focused research question,
– provide as many as possible facts, data, graphs, quotes, tables, etc.
– make an argument with reference to empirical evidence, legal texts and secondary literature,
– reference scrupulously all used primary and secondary sources, and
– be strictly analytical (rather than conversational, political, philosophical, elliptical etc.).
 
The papers should be submitted already in English, but can be also submitted earlier in Ukrainian for a first preliminary assessment. They should have a length between 7,000 and 10,000 words. Please, send them as a WORD document, and list references by using WORD’s footnote function.
The papers’ formal style, references and footnotes should follow the Chicago style outlined here http://library.unimelb.edu.au/recite/chicago and example of this text:
The transliteration of Cyrillic words should follow the rules of this table:
We will not accept papers for review that still need extensive content-wise, linguistic or/and stylistic editing.
 
Authors of those papers that were accepted for publication will receive a modest honorarium, once we have received the paper’s final, edited, formatted, approved, ready-for-print version from the author:
CATEGORY 1 Papers: submitted in perfectly publishable academic English: 300 Euros
CATEGORY 2 Papers: submitted in decent, but not yet perfect academic English: 200 Euros
 
Category 1 papers should be in native-level English, fully formulated in academic style, thoroughly edited, as well as perfectly formatted (quotations, references, subheadings, transliteration). Category 2 papers should be in good English that needs occasional correction, largely formulated in Western academic style, as well as perfectly formatted already (quotations, references, transliteration). Please, do not submit automated translations. We will hire English native speakers to secure final polishing of Category 2 papers.
 
Authors whose papers have been accepted for publication and receive a honorarium will be asked to also function as reviewers and correctors of one or two of the other submitted papers.
Please, register your interest here: https://www.facebook.com/events/208305909656320/
 
All questions and submissions should be sent to:
Andreas.umland@stanfordalumni.org

 

PS/FYI: The so far commissioned papers are on fiscal decentralization (Marina Rabinovich), political parties and decentralization (Melanie Mierzejewski-Voznyak), decentralization & constitutional reform (Maksym Koliesnykov) and decentralization & economic policy (Igor Dunayev).

The reports of the death of the Russian defence budget have been greatly exaggerated

In Moscow's Shadows

IMG_2221 No more new toys? (c) Mark Galeotti 2014

Yesterday HIS Jane’s (disclosure: I have written them for decades, and respect their work) came out with the eye-catching assertion that “Russia announces deepest defence budget cuts since 1990s.” It continues that the “Federal Treasury have [sic] confirmed that Russia’s defence budget has been cut by 25.5% for 2017, falling from RUB3.8 trillion (USD65.4 billion) to RUB2.8 trillion.”

A 25.5% cut? Even if “Despite the cut, the 2017 budget will remain about 14.4% higher than the level of defence spending seen in 2014 in nominal terms” that is still a massive story, and spells the end to planned modernisations, especially given the inelasticities in the budget (upkeep and maintenance, salaries, etc). And in December, it had been agreed to but the budget not by the 10% MinFin wanted but a moderate 6%.

So what happened? Needless to say…

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