Recent Publications from BEAR members


Laruelle, Marlene, Mikhail Alexseev, Cynthia Buckley, Ralph S. Clem, J. Paul Goode, Ivan Gomza, Henry E. Hale, Erik Herron, Andrey Makarychev, Madeline McCann, Mariya Omelicheva, Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, Regina Smyth, Sarah Wilson Sokhey, Mikhail Troitskiy, Joshua A. Tucker, Judyth Twigg, and Elizabeth Wishnick. 2021. “Pandemic Politics in Eurasia: Roadmap for a New Research Subfield.” Problems of Post-Communism 68(1): 1–16.

Sharafutdinova, Gulnaz. 2021. “Domestic and Global Dimensions of Post-Communist Institution-Building.” Comparative Politics 53 (2): 357-73.


Anceschi, Luca. 2020. “After Personalism: Rethinking Power Transfers in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.” Journal of Contemporary Asia (online only).

Anceschi, Luca. 2020. Analysing Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy: Regime Neo-Eurasianism in the Nazarbaev Era. Central Asia Research Forum Series. Routledge.

Anceschi, Luca. 2020. “New Developments in Russo-Turkmen Relations.” Russian Analytical Digest 248: 9–11.

Anceschi, Luca. 2020. Review of Learning to Become Turkmen. Literacy, Language, and Power, 1914–2014 by Victoria Clement. Europe-Asia Studies 72 (7): 1273–5.

Armstrong, David, Ora John Reuter and Graeme Robertson. 2020. Getting the opposition together: protest coordination in authoritarian regimes.” Post-Soviet Affairs 36 (1): 1-19.

Bakker, Ryan, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Marco Steenbergen, and Milada Anna Vachudova. 2020. “Who opposes the EU? Continuity and change in party Euroscepticism between 2014 and 2019.” LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog, June 1, 2020.

Berg, Eiki and James Ker-Lindsay, eds. 2020. The Politics of International Interaction with de facto States. Routledge.

Berg, Eiki and Kristel Vits. 2020. “Exploring de facto state agency: negotiation power, international engagement and patronage.” In Handbook on the Politics of Small States, edited by Godfrey Baldacchino and Anders Wivel, 379–94. Elgar.

Berg, Eiki and Kristel Vits. 2020. “Transnistria’s European Drive: A Means to What End?” Geopolitics.

Florea, Adrian. 2020. “Rebel governance in de facto states.” European Journal of International Relations 26 (4): 1004–31.

Gorgolu, Nisan, Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, and Jevgenijs Steinbuks. 2020. Political Dividends of Digital Participatory Governance: Evidence from Moscow Pothole Management. World Bank Group Policy Research Working Paper.

Greene, Samuel, Gregory Asmolov, Adam Fagan, Ofer Fridman, & Borjan Gjuzelov. 2020. Mapping Fake News and Disinformation in the Western Balkans and Identifying Ways to Effectively Counter ThemStudy requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. Brussels: European Union.

Grenier, Félix, Jonas Hagmann, Thomas Biersteker, Marina Lebedeva, Yulia Nikitina, and Ekaterina Koldunova. 2020. “The Institutional “Hinge”: How the End of the Cold War Conditioned Canadian, Russian, and Swiss IR Scholarship.” International Studies Perspectives 21 (2): 198–217.

Hall, John A. 2020. The Grammar of Social Theory, or, Negotiations in HellIrish Journal of Sociology 28(1): 29–43.

Jašina-Schäfer, Alina and Ammon Cheskin. 2020.“Horizontal citizenship in Estonia: Russian speakers in the borderland city of Narva.” Citizenship Studies 24(1): 93-110.

Kursani, Shpend and Eiki Berg. 2020. “Land for peace: can territorial adjustments bring about recognition of self-determination claims?” Territory, Politics, Governance.

Lasnier, Virginie and Seçkin Köstem. 2020. “Resisting Decline: Russia, the West and Eurasia.” In Coping with Geopolitical Decline: The United States in European Perspective, edited by Frédéric Mérand, 127–60. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Medeiros, Mike, Benjamin Forest, and Patrik Öhberg. 2020. “The Case for Non-Binary Gender Questions in Surveys.” PS: Political Science & Politics 53 (1): 128–35.

Morozov, Viacheslav. 2020. “Why Would the Kremlin Root for Bernie Sanders? Mistrust of Mass Politics and the Outward Projection of Domestic Insecurities.” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 639.

Nesmashnyi, Alexander Dmitrievich and Yulia Nikitina. 2020. “Local Hegemony: China’s Special Economic Zones in Mauritius and Zambia.” Vestnik RUDN. International Relations 20 (1): 97-114.

Nikitin, Alexander, Irina Bolgova and Yulia Nikitina. 2020. “Activities of Non-Governmental Organisations Aimed at Conflict Settlement in Post-Soviet States.” Quaestio Rossica 8(2): 428–41.

Popova, Maria. 2020. “Can a Leopard Change its Spots? Strategic Behavior vs. Professional Role Conception During Ukraine’s 2014 Court Chair Elections.” Law & Policy 42 (4): 365-81.

Popova, Maria and Daniel Beers. 2020. “No Revolution of Dignity for Ukraine’s Judges: Judicial Reform After Maidan.” Demokratizatsiya 28 (1): 113-42.

Sharafutdinova, Gulnaz. 2020. The Red Mirror: Putin’s Leadership and Russia’s Insecure Identity. Oxford University Press.

Sharafutdinova, Gulnaz. 2020. “Public Opinion Formation and Group Identity: The Politics of National Identity Salience in Post-Crimea Russia.” Problems of Post-Communism.

Sharafutdinova, Gulnaz and Michael Lokshin. 2020. Hide and Protect: A Role of Global Financial Secrecy in Shaping Domestic Institutions. World Bank Group Policy Research Working Paper.

Vachudova, Milada Anna. 2020. “Ethnopopulism and democratic backsliding in Central Europe.” East European Politics 36 (3): 318–40.

Vansina, Laura and Alexander Mattelaer, eds. 2020. Dealing with Russia: Towards a Coherent Belgian Policy. Brussels: Egmont.

Smith, David J. 2020. “One Russia, many worlds: balancing external homeland nationalism and internal ethnocultural diversity.” Eurasian Geography and Economics.

Smith, David J. 2020. “The ‘Quadratic Nexus’ Revisited: Nation-Building in Estonia Through the Prism of National Cultural Autonomy.” Nationalities Papers 48 (2): 235-50.

Smith, David J. 2020. “Introduction to the Special Issue on National Cultural Autonomy in Diverse Political Communities: Practices, Challenges, and Perspectives.” Nationalities Papers 48 (2): 224–34.

Smith, David J., Marina Germane, and Martyn Housden. 2020. “‘Forgotten Europeans’: transnational minority activism in the age of European integration.” Nations and Nationalism 25 (2): 523–43.


Anceschi, Luca. 2019. “Regime-Building through Controlled Opening: New Authoritarianism in Post-Karimov Uzbekistan.” In Monitoring Central Asia and the Caspian Area: Development Policies, Regional Trends, and Italian Interests, edited by Carlo Frappi and Fabio Indeo. Edizioni Ca’Foscari.

Anceschi, Luca. 2019. Review of Theorizing Central Asian Politics—The state, ideology and power, edited by Rico Isaacs and Alessandro Frigerio. Inner Asia 21 (2): 285–6.

Anceschi, Luca. 2019. “Caspian Energy in the Aftermath of the 2018 Convention: The View from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.” Russian Analytical Digest 235: 6–8.

Berg, Eiki & James Ker-Lindsay (eds.). 2019. The Politics of International Interaction with de facto States: Conceptualising Engagement without Recognition. Routledge.

Bolgova, Irina and Yulia Nikitina. “Eurasian Economic Union at a Crossroads Between Integration and Sovereignty.” Contemporary Europe 5 (91):13-22

Cheskin, Ammon  & Angela Kachuyevski. 2019. “The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Post-Soviet Space: Language, Politics and Identity,” Europe-Asia Studies 71(1): 1-23.

DeBardeleben, Joan. 2019. EU-EEU Cooperation and the ‘Common Neighbourhood’Policy memo presented at the BEAR Moscow Policy Conference “Evaluating the Potential for Cooperation: the EU, the EEU, and the CSTO,” MGIMO University.

DeHanas, Daniel Nilsson and Marat Shterin. 2019. Religion and the Rise of Populism. Routledge.

Forest, Benjamin. 2019. “Reforming the US Senate: Original intent and representational inequality.” Guest editorial (reviewed). Political Geography 74.

Forest, Benjamin and Juliet Johnson. 2019. “Confederate monuments and the problem of forgetting.” Cultural Geographies in Practice 26 (1): 127–31.

Greene, Samuel. 2019. “Homo Post-Sovieticus: Reconstructing Citizenship in Russia.” Social Research: An International Quarterly 86 (1): 181-202.

Greene, Samuel A. & Graeme B. Robertson. 2019. Putin v. the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia. Yale University Press.

Johnson, Juliet, Vincent Arel-Bundock and Vladislav Portniaguine. 2019. “Adding rooms onto a house we live: Central banking after the global financial crisis.” Public Administration 97 (3): 546–60.

Koinova, Maria. 2019. “Diaspora Coalition-building for Genocide Recognition: Armenians, Assyrians and Kurds,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, published online on 14 February, 2019.

Lee, Michael J., Adrian Florea, and Nicolas Blarel. 2019. “Opening the Black Box of Finance: North–South Investment, Political Risk, and US Military Intervention.” Political Studies 67(4): 872–894.

Medeiros, Mike, Benjamin Forest, and Chris Erl. 2019. “Where Women Stand: Parliamentary Candidate Selection in Canada” Politics, Groups, and Identities 7(2): 389-400.

Vachudova, Milada Anna. 2019. “From Competition to Polarization in Central Europe: How Populists Change Party Systems and the European Union.” Polity 51 (4): 689–706.

Vachudova, Milada Anna. 2019. “EU Enlargement and State Capture in the Western Balkans.” In The Europeanisation of the Western Balkans. New Perspectives on South-East Europe, edited by Jelena Džankić, Soeren Keil, and Marko Kmezić. Palgrave Macmillan.

Vachudova, Milada Anna. 2019. “In Prague, protesters demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.” The Washington Post website, June 25.

Vachudova, Milada Anna. 2019. “The EU’s Eastward Enlargement and the Illiberal Turn.” Current History 118 (806): 90–95.

Smith, David J., Marina Germane & Martyn Housden. 2019. “‘Forgotten Europeans’: transnational minority activism in the age of European integration'”, Nations and Nationalism 25 (2): 523–43.

Sharafutdinova, Gulnaz. 2019. “Was There a ‘Simple Soviet’ Person? Debating the Politics and Sociology  of ‘Homo Sovieticus’.” Slavic Review 78 (1): 173–95.

Shevel, Oxana. 2019. “The Politics of Dual Citizenship in Post-Soviet States: Securing Political Goals Through Citizenship Rules.” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 587.

Shevel, Oxana. 2019. “Trump’s request for a ‘favor’ could really hurt Ukraine’s president and his agenda.” The Washington Post website, October 7.

Shterin, Marat and Dmitry Dubrovsky. “Academic Expertise and Anti-Extremism Litigation in Russia: Focusing on Minority Religions.” The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 46 (2): 211–36.


Anceschi, Luca. 2018. “Modernizing Authoritarianism in Uzbekistan.” openDemocracy website, July 9.

Berg, Eiki. 2018. “Bridging the divide between parent states and secessionist entities: a new perspective for conflict management?” Space and Polity 22 (1): 15–29.

Berg, Eiki. 2018. “Do Parent State Strategies Matter in Resolving Secessionist Conflicts with De Facto States?”

Berg, Eiki. 2018. “The Do-or-Die Dilemma Facing Post-Soviet De Facto States.” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 527.

Berg, Eiki, Piret Ehin, Andres Kasekamp, Maria Mälksoo, Eva Piirimäe, Raul Toomla, and Rein Toomla, eds. 2018. Sissejuhatus rahvusvahelistesse suhetesse: õpik kõrgkoolidele. Tartu University Press.

Berg, Eiki and Maria Mälksoo. 2018. “Konfliktid ja nende reguleerimine.” In Sissejuhatus rahvusvahelistesse suhetesse: õpik kõrgkoolidele, edited by Eiki Berg, Piret Ehin, Andres Kasekamp, Maria Mälksoo, Eva Piirimäe, Raul Toomla, and Rein Toomla. Tartu University Press.

Berg, Eiki and Martin Mölder. “The politics of unpredictability: Acc/secession of Crimea and the blurring of international norms.” East European Politics 34 (4): 400–17.

Berg, Eiki and Scott Pegg. 2018. “Scrutinizing a Policy of ‘Engagement Without Recognition’: US Requests for Diplomatic Actions with De Facto States.” Foreign Policy Analysis 14 (3): 388–407.

Berg, Eiki and Kristel Vits. 2018. “Quest for Survival and Recognition: Insights into the Foreign Policy Endeavours of the Post-Soviet de facto States.” Ethnopolitics 17 (4): 390–407.

Berg, Eiki, and Henk Van Houtum. 2018. “Prologue: A border is not a border. Writing and reading borders in space.” In Routing Borders between Territories, Discourses and Practices, pp. 1-10. Routledge.

Florea, Adrian. 2018. “Authority Contestation During and After Civil War,” Perspectives on Politics 16 (1): 149-155.

Florea, Adrian. 2018. “Spatial Rivalry and Coups Against Dictators,” Security Studies 27 (1): 1-26.

Greene, Samuel A. 2018. “Running to stand still: aggressive immobility and the limits of power in Russia,” Post-Soviet Affairs 34 (5): 333-347.

Ker-Lindsay, James and Eiki Berg. 2018. “Introduction: A Conceptual Framework for Engagement with de facto States.” Ethnopolitics 17 (4): 335–42.

Koinova, Maria. 2018. “Sending States and Diaspora Positionality in International Relations,” International Political Sociology 12 (2): 190-210. Short video.

Koinova, Maria. 2018. “Diaspora Mobilisations for Conflict and Postconflict Reconstruction: Contextual and Comparative Dimensions,” introduction to a special journal issue in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studiesopen accessShort video.

Lasnier, Virginie. 2018. “Can Authoritarian Regimes Breed Loyalty? The Case of Nashi,” Russian Politics 3 (4): 461-485.

Lasnier, Virginie. 2018. “Russia’s Opposition Movement Five Years After Bolotnaia: The Electoral Trap?,” Problems of Post-Communism 65 (5): 359-371.

Popova, Maria & Vincent Post. 2018. “Prosecuting high-level corruption in Eastern Europe,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies 51 (3): 231-244.

Popova, Maria. 2018. “Journalists, Judges, and State Officials: How Russian Courts Adjudicate Defamation Lawsuits Against the Media” in Kurkchiyan, Marina, and Agnieszka Kubal, eds. A Sociology of Justice in Russia. Cambridge University Press: 141-170.

Smith, David J., Marina Germane & Martyn Housden. 2018. “‘Forgotten Europeans’: transnational minority activism in the age of European integration,” Nations and Nationalism 1–21.

Van Houtum, Henk and Eiki Berg, eds. 2018. Routing Borders Between Territories, Discourses, and Practices. Routledge.