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Pietro Shakarian

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Pietro Shakarian is a PhD candidate in Russian History at The Ohio State University in Columbus. He earned his MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, his MLIS at Kent State University, and his BA in History at John Carroll University in Cleveland. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Gomidas Institute. In addition to Russia Direct, he has written analyses on Russia and the former USSR for The Nation and Hetq Online.

10.02.2017

The curious case of a Russian blogger that shook the post-Soviet space

The curious case of a Russian blogger that shook the post-Soviet space

The case of Aleksandr Lapshin, a travel blogger based in Moscow with dual Russian-Israeli citizenship, shows how the barriers that were established as a result of the 1991 Soviet break-up create new possibilities for conflict

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20.12.2016

What the assassination of an ambassador means for Russia, Turkey

What the assassination of an ambassador means for Russia, Turkey

If historical precedent is any guide, the assassination of Ambassador Karlov in Ankara might actually bring Russia and Turkey closer together, whatever their differences might be in Syria

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10.10.2016

What do Georgian elections mean for Moscow-Tbilisi relations?

What do Georgian elections mean for Moscow-Tbilisi relations?

Based on the strong showing of the Georgian Dream in recent parliamen-tary elections, there is now hope for a broader Russian-Georgian rapprochement that won’t be spoiled by pro-Western parties

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24.05.2016

What the 1897 Russian census has to do with post-Soviet politics

What the 1897 Russian census has to do with post-Soviet politics

By understanding demographic trends from more than a century ago, it’s possible to obtain a more nuanced view of the complexities of the current crises in Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh

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02.04.2016

Moscow needs to consider new alternatives in Nagorno-Karabakh

Moscow needs to consider new alternatives in Nagorno-Karabakh

An escalation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh requires a new approach to regional stabilization, possibly involving Russian and CSTO peacekeeping forces

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17.02.2016

Will Russia cancel its 1921 friendship treaty with Turkey?

Will Russia cancel its 1921 friendship treaty with Turkey?

By calling into question the validity of the 1921 Treaty of Moscow, Russian politicians may be attempting to rattle Ankara and gain the political support of Georgia and Armenia

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09.12.2015

Playing the Kurdish card against Turkey

Playing the Kurdish card against Turkey

The long history of Russian ties with the Kurdish community in Syria, Iraq and Turkey might give Moscow leverage in its currently troubled relationship with Ankara. Will the Kremlin use it?

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17.11.2015

Why the Kremlin should have Georgia on its mind

Why the Kremlin should have Georgia on its mind

Two recent controversies in Georgia – an ownership dispute over a TV channel and leaks revealing a coup attempt – might have foreign policy implications for the Kremlin

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06.07.2015

How Greece's 'No' will impact EU-Russian relations

How Greece's 'No' will impact EU-Russian relations

The Greece’s vote against the economic reforms proposed by the EU will have far-reaching implications for Europe and Russia, as well as for former Soviet republics such as Georgia and Ukraine

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30.12.2014

Here is what happened in the South Caucasus in 2014

Here is what happened in the South Caucasus in 2014

In 2014, Moscow attempted to normalize relations with Georgia, integrate Armenia into the new Eurasian Economic Union, and find ways to work with Azerbaijan on Caspian security – all while dealing with a range of territorial disputes in the region

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14.11.2014

Gorbachev's landmark Berlin speech

Gorbachev's landmark Berlin speech

At celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mikhail Gorbachev pointed out the key factors that have nearly led to the start of a new Cold War. He also outlined important proposals that could lead to a de-escalation of tensions within Europe

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03.10.2014

Debunking 8 myths about Russia and the former Soviet space

Debunking 8 myths about Russia and the former Soviet space

Deeply ingrained in popular Western views of Russia, these are the stereotypes and misconceptions that can lead to the greatest misunderstandings in U.S.-Russian affairs

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22.09.2014

Sanctions against Russia are dividing Europe more than you think

Sanctions against Russia are dividing Europe more than you think

Instead of a European community acting in concert to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine, there is a growing diversity of viewpoints on the Ukrainian crisis

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